Loud. Distorted. Heavy. What More Could You Want?!
Feeder have today released their second single from their upcoming album.
‘Magpie’ is the second single to be taken from their recently announced album, ‘Torpedo’ which is scheduled to release in March 2022! They released the title track as the first single about four weeks ago, and it was heavy, but this time round they’ve gone a step further and 2 steps heavier. The new single is in your face from the start, driven throughout by variations of that opening riff and the type of drums of that just make you bounce in your chair. The hypnotic vocals are really the icing on the cake too, giving it a real grunge rock meets prog rock feel, and that is something that frankly we need more of in the world.
You’d never believe that this song started life out on an acoustic guitar, but it did, as lead singer and guitarist Grant Nicholas explains;
“I first wrote the riff to Magpie at home during lockdown on my Gibson J45 acoustic. I had an almost heavy dance groove idea in my head when writing it and also when approaching the production, and how to capture this feeling and sound.
The lyrics were mainly written on my daily walks and runs to Finsbury Park during lockdown. It was a very observational process for me and mentions my childhood superstition for Magpie birds that I had spotted every day. 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. It also addresses the impact social media and how it can affect peoples’ belief, dreams and mental wellbeing. We are all kind of servants to the system in some way and our own feelings and emotions – it’s just how each person deals with them in their own way.
It’s definitely one of my favourite tracks on the Torpedo album and was fun to write and record some big riffs.”
The album is about looking forward in times of darkness, a sort of light at the end of the tunnel type vibe, and if you listen to the lyrics, that theme is definitely apparent in this track. Mentions of not needing any bad luck, and the play on superstitions around seeing single magpies feature throughout the track, and it’s not all that often you get lyrics which actually have substance and meaning to them in songs of this genre, and it’s refreshing to see Feeder doing this, not only with the new single, but with the new album as a whole.
Last month when Feeder announced the new album, they also announced they’d be hitting the road next year too in support of the release. Coined as the ‘Torpedo Tour’ it will take place in April and May of 2022, and here’s the schedule! You can grab your tickets here!
23 Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
24 Oxford, Academy
26 Southampton, Guildhall
27 Bristol, Academy
29 Manchester, Academy
30 Glasgow, Barrowlands
02 Newcastle, University
03 Nottingham, Rock City
05 Birmingham, Institute
06 London, Brixton Academy
The new album is available to pre-order via the band’s website, and there’s sure to be a format for everyone there, with coloured vinyl, black vinyl and cd’s available to purchase here!