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Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas talks about Polythene tour and ‘leaked’ Glastonbury line-up ahead of gig at Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Feeder’s return to the music scene after a four-year break has created a buzz of excitement among both fans and critics, not least because ninth studio album All Bright Electric is more than a little reminiscent of the band’s critically acclaimed first record Polythene, released in 1997.

In the final piece of our two-part exclusive interview with frontman Grant Nicholas, as he prepares to bring the second leg of the album tour to Folkestone’s Leas Cliff Hall, he speaks about a possible Polythene 20th anniversary tour and Feeder’s appearance on that ‘leaked’ Glastonbury line-up.

The comparison between All Bright Electric and Polythene, which contains some of the band’s most played live tracks such as High and Descend, is meant in an affectionate way but although he can see similarities, Grant feels the new album is better than their first.

He said: “It's interesting. I think it's quite a different record to Polythene. I mean, I see where people are coming from, my guitar sound is there, which is very reminiscent of Polythene, well most of our records to be honest, and we definitely wanted to make a rockier album.

"But there's also some super mellow moments on there as well. I think it touches on what we are, our kind of trademark sound that we started off doing 20 years ago.

As 2017 marks two decades since Polythene’s release there are rumours of a tour where the band will play the album in full

As 2017 marks two decades since Polythene’s release there are rumours of a tour where the band will play the album in full

"But I think we've learnt a lot along the way and my solo record (Yorktown Heights, released in 2014) has influenced the way I work. So I can see the elements of Polythene but I think it's a slightly different record, sonically, than that. I personally think it's a better sounding record than Polythene, I wish Polythene sounded more like this record.

"Don't get me wrong, I really like Polythene, there are some really good tunes on that record, but we were a lot younger then and probably still finding our feet a bit.”

As 2017 marks two decades since Polythene’s release, there have been rumours of a tour where the band will play the now iconic album in full.

Grant, said: “If we're going to do anything like that, that's our plans for the next stage. We're only doing 14 shows to promote All Bright Electric, which is nowhere near what we'd normally do. But we do have a few old songs that we mix into the set, it's not all new stuff, obviously.

Grant Nicholas, right, and Taka Hirose, aka Feeder, bring their All Bright Electric tour to Folkestone on Sunday

Grant Nicholas, right, and Taka Hirose, aka Feeder, bring their All Bright Electric tour to Folkestone on Sunday

“We’ve got quite big plans for later in the year, I can’t say exactly what it is yet. After the All Bright Electric tour and a load of summer festivals we’ll be doing something else and hopefully that’s going to run into next year, and some bigger shows.”

Feeder featured on a supposedly leaked Glastonbury line-up, published on an events website earlier this month and replicated by a number of national newspapers but slammed by festival organisers as “fake news”.

Twenty years after the release of their first full album Polythene, Feeder are returning to Kent. Picture Martin Apps

Twenty years after the release of their first full album Polythene, Feeder are returning to Kent. Picture: Martin Apps

They were down as the opening act on The Other Stage according to the ‘leak’, which correctly predicted man of the moment Ed Sheeran would headline the festival on the Sunday.

But the Welsh musician doesn’t think his band will be returning to the huge Somerset festival this year.

Grant, who has two children, Hanna Sky, 11, and Ko Marley, nine, with wife Kana, said: “If we were playing Glastonbury I think I’d probably know!

Feeder played on a very wet Folkestone seafront in August 2009. Picture Martin Apps

Feeder played on a very wet Folkestone seafront in August 2009. Picture: Martin Apps

 

"I had my brother text me saying ‘oh you’re doing Glastonbury’. I don’t know where that ‘leak’ came from.

The actual festival line-up is expected to be revealed this week. 

Feeder played in Folkestone in 2009 when they headlined Hevy festival, playing with the likes of Ash and Gary Numan on a very rainy seafront.

Bassist Taka Hirose when Feeder last played in Kent, at Hevy Festival in 2009. Picture Martin Apps

Bassist Taka Hirose when Feeder last played in Kent, at Hevy Festival in 2009. Picture: Martin Apps

So was it a conscious decision to return to the town?

"I think we did that the day before Sonisphere (a rock festival that takes place in countries across Europe including the UK) if I remember correctly. There wasn't a huge amount of people there but I quite enjoyed the actual gig itself.

"We wanted to try some different places and this venue came up so we thought we'd give it a go. We're looking forward to it."

Feeder bring their All Bright Electric tour to Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, Folkestone, on Sunday (April 2). Doors open at 7pm and support is from Darlia. Tickets, priced £26, are available from myticket.co.uk 

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