Last Thursday the Shepherds Bush Empire hosted the last gig Local band, The Feeling will play for a while – they are taking a well-earned break. The band really has loyal fans and by the time they kicked off there was very much an atmosphere of ‘I Want You Now’.
The musical tour through The Feeling back catalogue showed just what talented musicians they are. They have ten years’ worth of great songs. ‘I Love It When You Call’ and ‘Boy Cried Wolf’ showcased how unified they are sonically. The journey felt very personal, a real trip down memory lane – for them and us. They thanked their loved ones for their loyal support by dedicating their favourite song ‘That’s Alright’ to them.
Those of us in the crowd also enthusiastically conveyed that the band’s music has been part of the soundtrack to our lives. ‘Fill My Little World’ is still very much a beloved anthem and everyone sang along. The real vocal high point was ‘Never Be Lonely. Dan G Sells fine falsetto combined with three part harmonies from the crowd was amazing.
When they played ‘Join with us’ I remembered they asked their fans to be part of the video. (I also remembered how fun they were when I went to a charity fete they persoanlly organised in Waterloo years ago.).
Then there were the childhood memories as they played ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’, followed by first major loves/losses memories perfectly captured by ‘Sewn’, ‘I Wish’ and ‘Spiralling Out Of Love’.
There were also reminders of the path of self-discovery we go through, alongside the realisation we are part of wider world, so beautifully expressed in songs like ‘Strange’ and ‘Join with us’.
‘Thought It Was Over’ was a poignant encore. The 12 stops home felt a little sad because they won’t be part of our musical horizon for the foreseeable future.