Lancaster electro rock three piece The Feud have had a hectic year, but they’ve been taking it easy in the city of late, playing more laid back acoustic shows which have taken a few by surprise.
Notorious for their full on, high octane, bass and electro driven rock sound, the band – vocalist and guitarist Jamie Walker, drummer Luke Paget, and bassist/keyboardist Stephen Mildwater – played an acoustic show at the John O’ Gaunt a few weeks ago to rapturous applause.
2012 has seen the band flying out to Los Angeles on a writing and production trip, getting airplay on Radio 1 during the daytime for a week, and performing at festivals in both the UK and in Europe.
Drummer Luke, originally from Brookhouse, also produces all the band’s music, and has recently been working on the new Idol Minds single.
He said: “It’s been interesting since we started doing the acoustic shows, we must be getting old!
“We did a show at the John O’ Gaunt, which is a bit too small for us to do anything a bit more full on, but we said we could try an acoustic show.
“We got a good reception and some other gigs on the back of it.
“It’s been fun turning The Feud’s tracks into acoustic versions, and it’s great to mix things up a bit and switch instruments as well.
“We’ve covered Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill, and we’ve done Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime (originally by Korgis, more recently covered by Beck, and now, The Feud) and we’re looking at a few more covers to slip in to the set as well.
“Jamie does his own solo acoustic shows so for him it wasn’t really a new thing, but we’ve got into it as a band and it’s been well received.”
Luke said the band, who recently released the single It Ain’t Right, were now looking forward to heading back out to Los Angeles in February to “finally” record the new album, adding that the acoustic shows could influence how it comes out.
“We don’t want everything to sound the same, and we’d like to take it harder and then bring it down again, which is what I enjoy in an album, and what reflects our music tastes as a band.
“We aim to put that diversity into what we do.”
At a festival in the Czech Republic in the summer, The Feud were collared afterwards by a Czech band called A Banquet, who sing in English.
“The band watched the show and afterwards approached us about doing some swaps,” Luke said.
“They paid for us to fly out there, so we’re returning the favour this time.
“They’re a three piece guitar, bass and drums band with a bit of synth. They’re a bit darker than us, and you can hear the eastern European influences.
“They’ll be supporting us when we play at The Bootleggers in Kendal on Christmas Eve, and The Penny Bank on December 19.”
On the new album and Los Angeles, Luke said: “We’ll be there for a couple of months, from February to March, to record the album which should hopefully be out later in the summer.
“We’ve met a bunch of people who believe in our music doing something. To have people interested in working with us is just brilliant.”
The Feud also play at The Greyhound in Low Road, Halton, on December 14, with solo support from the fantastic Molly Warburton.
The gig, organised by yours truly and drummer Adam Lucas from Stopwatch Wilson, who is also currently drumming for Ben Ruth and The Convulsions, is the first of its kind at the village pub, and we hope to make it a regular thing.
Entry is free and music starts around 8pm.
After a busy year that has seen ECP Promotions put on 17 gigs since February they will bow out with their 18th and final show this Friday at The Yorkshire House.
Headlining will be former Lancaster residents-turned-Liverpool-dwellers Ottersgear. Following last month’s release of their first album, The Quest For Rest, the folksters will play as part of their UK-wide tour.
Accompanying them on this tour will be fellow Liverpudlians King Twit and the support for the Lancaster date comes in the form of Sootytern who released a 7-track EP in October, the follow-up to Ornithological Physics which came out earlier this year.
Tickets are £3adv and £4 on the door. Tickets available through www.wegottickets.com/ecppromotions.