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Shot through with urgency, Torpedo finds Feeder still at their peak

Torpedo is an explosive comeback from Brit-grunge titans Feeder

Feeder: Torpedo cover art
(Image: © Big Teeth)

After 10 albums, 26 Top 40 singles and two million UK album sales, Feeder’s Grant Nicholas could be forgiven for taking his foot off the (distortion) pedal and venturing down the acoustic avenues explored on his 2014 solo record Yorktown Heights

His band’s 11th album is anything but laid back, however. Written and recorded remotely during the darkest days of lockdown, it’s shot through with a paranoiac sense of urgency. 

‘What have we become?’, he sighs in a scorching Wall Of Silence, while Decompress is a blistering blast of pop-metal.

Packed with musical curve balls – a gnarly title track slaloms from thrash dirge to stadium anthem – the album’s redemptive mode is summed up by The Healing, a Britpop-meets-grunge banger that serves as a reminder that Feeder are still at their peak.

Paul Moody is a writer whose work has appeared in the Classic Rock, NME, Time Out, Uncut, Arena and the Guardian. He is the co-author of The Search for the Perfect Pub and The Rough Pub Guide.