The purveyors of mediocre yet palatable rock music are back. Feeder return with new single, Magpie. Love them or loathe them, Feeder are an immovable object – much like chewing gum in an unsuspecting teenage girl’s hair.
The first release from the band’s upcoming tenth album, Torpedos, is a far cry from the cliched pop rock, Feeder made a homestead throughout the latter part of the nineties and early noughties. Magpie consists no-holds-barred metal riffing that is so far removed from the likes of Echo Park, it’s a complete reinvention. The song’s musical feel reflects Grant Nichols’s lockdown dysphoria, with the singer stating: “The song’s chorus touches on the frustration that I think we all feel, and especially felt at that time, about the future in general.”
Magpie will not be everyone’s cup of tea, and it certainly won’t go down well with fans of the radio-friendly Feeder releases. It’s very different. Is this a brave move or faux pas? Time will tell.