The Feeling - Live Review
The rather tall singer/songwriter Dani Sylvia, who has released an EP of her music called Monologues, is the support this evening. Sadly, with her music supplemented by backing tapes and a sole keyboard player, her Radio One style music came across as rather trite and it did nothing for me. A fair proportion of the audience seemed appreciative and enjoyed her set though so I guess I was the odd one out.
Since the day the first album came out I have loved The Feeling and from that first album the band open with Filled My Little World Right Up on this low key tour that they are currently undertaking for their fans and it is very well received. The objective of the tour is to play the new album in it’s entirety, which in itself is a risky proposition as it only came out 8 days ago and I am sure that not everyone in this packed, sold out Ruby Lounge gig has bought or heard the album.
Whereas the previous album was full of songs about a relationship breaking up, this album sees Daniel Gillespie Sells about finding new love as his inspiration. You can tell there are some nerves showing with the first song on the album Wicked Heart which is quickly followed by the single Spiralling and the band are now finding their feet. Sells’ favourite song on the album is Found Something, and again it is far heavier than the album as is Real Deal, which sees Sells swap positions with keyboardist Ciaran Jeremiah for guitar duties.
For these shows and the performance of the album they are joined by the aforementioned Dani Sylvia on backing vocals. What’s The Secret features Ms Sylvia’s vocal skills in a similar way to that of Great Gig In The Sky so she is a talented singer, and this song is very impressive live taking it to a whole new level. The rest of the album is equally stunning including Non-Stop American with it’s early 80’s Toyah vibe.
Interestingly, local music and arts magazine The Skinny describes Sells as has having wishy-washy vocals, if they were here tonight they would realise this was a load of old tosh. They were strong when needed as is evidenced when they return to familiar ground with a string of hits that you can dance and sing along to. Never Be Lonely, Sewn and Love It When You Call are all catchy pop-rock anthems with a touch of prog – you can clearly hear the Supertramp/ELO/10CC influences in all those songs and this crowd soak up every single note.
The encore of I Thought It Was Over has everyone bouncing up and down and singing along prior to the band meeting the fans and signing merchandise. The Feeling have been chosen as the support for the ELO arena tour and going off this performance they are going to go down a storm and hopefully reignite their career.
Top notch stuff!
Words/Photos: Anthony Firmin
NB: The photos are from The Feeling's Manchester Hard Rock Cafe show in mid 2015.