I’ll be honest, and say that what little Feeder I’d been exposed to before this album left me…not “cold” exactly, but let’s say a little underwhelmed. And while new release Renegades certainly breaks no new ground – indeed, creates barely so much as a crack in the pavement as that metaphor goes – this is nonetheless very, very solid “rock” music which, at the least, safely deserves that tag…achievement enough in this day and age, where the most limp-dicked of vaguely guitar-oriented music somehow qualifies as such.
Feeder apparently started way back in the mid-ish 90’s, and some small concession to slicker-than-thou modern production values aside, it doesn’t sound like these boys have “musically matured” much since then…and thank fucking Christ for that. If you like your guitars heavy in power chords and fuzzy feedback, whilst still retaining enough melodic smarts to never fully degenerate into radio-unfriendly noise, then chances are you’ll find more than enough to enjoy here: An agreeable post-Muse take on “grunge” which ultimately reinvents precious little, but has absolutely no pretense to such lofty ambitions in the first place. Could have done without the “This is the barcode” attempt at post-irony on the back of the cd case though, lads.
© Michael Bowser, Music Vice