Review: Feeder/The Virginmarys – O2 Academy, Bristol

‘, released earlier this year, which certainly let the audience know they were there! Whilst many of the crowd may not have had the pleasure of listening to the band before, almost everyone in the room quickly became thoroughly taken with them. This is thoroughly understandable given the sheer amount of energy and passion put into the set; it was simply infectious. I must pause briefly to pass comment on the drummer, Danny Dolan. He is insane! The man broke not one, but two sticks during their short set! Very rarely does one get the opportunity to see a drummer who puts so much heart, soul, and artistry into his performance. Alas, I digress. The rest of the Virginmarys’ kick-ass set followed at much the same pace. This was not a set for the faint of heart! Ally’s vocals were gritty, almost angsty, and one particular outburst of the night remains firmly in my mind. Not many screams would really add to the style of music that The Virginmarys provide, yet the scream that resonated with me was oddly melodic, and was indeed reminiscent of a young Billie Joe Armstrong in his ‘Dookie‘ days. The bassist, who had a quiet demeanor, pulled off some complicated riffs that I did not expect, and really impressed! By the end of their 30 minute set, The Virginmarys had the crowd eating from the palm of their hands. One thing was for sure; anyone who hadn’t heard of the band before, certainly wouldn’t be forgetting them in a hurry! All of a sudden there was a hush, as a screen lit up and played mesmerising, trippy animations, before the icons themselves, Feeder, took to the stage. The set was simply incredible, with a mix of both old and new songs to please all tastes. So, from the 90s (which vocalist Grant Nicholas seemed extremely keen to return to), to their newest concoction ‘All Bright Electric, the punk rock pros really pulled it out of the bag. ‘Feeling A Moment’, a song known and loved even by non-Feeder fans, was played flawlessly to the delight of a boisterous crowd. Bassist, Taka Hirose seemed to stand out here in particular. His visible passion and talent showed that he is truly at the top of his game. The atmosphere of the whole evening was simply… indescribable. There was a synchronicity between the band and crowd, bouncing in a way that is hardly ever pulled off properly. What kind of Feeder set would we have been watching without the legendary ‘Buck Rogers’?! Here the voices of the crowd became deafening, to the point where you couldn’t hear the vocals even if you tried; a truly amazing moment. What a wonderful night to be a part of. Review: Amy Jefferies Photography Becky O’Grady [gallery type='flickr' user_id='132278830@N06' view='photosets' photoset_id='72157671742352864' columns='3' tag_mode='any' sort='date-posted-desc' per_page='22' layout='random' ]]]>

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