Delivering a wicked self-titled album from Seattle, WA, we have the band Feed. Feed is the works of Chase Hoyt, Matt Kolhede, and Pat Schowe. They create a sound that is something of a chaotic spellbind and they use this EP to showcase their knack for ripping it on the guitar and confessing vocals that are grippingly hypnotizing.
Feed enters the scene with the track “Burning Plate,” an icy psychedelic way of introducing themselves. I instantly felt drawn into an inevitable trance. It preludes with an extensively heavy instrumental sprinkled with synthesized tunes. The song soon takes a slower, yet powerful turn and breaks the ice with fuzzed out vocals and drawn out lyrics, while eventually fading back into their compelling guitar works. In “Different Life,” I can feel the sense of urgency right off the bat. It follows the album’s theme of beginning with a long-lasting introduction, but changes things up with it’s faster tempo. “Give me your speeches and they go right through, I feel my head is in a different world. Do I have problems that I don’t understand?” There is an escape longing to happen. The pace correlates with the song’s message in the sense that it continues to build up until the point reaches that everything has to let loose. There is a recurring question of “Do you wanna get somewhere and leave it behind?” A question we’ve all had to ask ourselves. This is an ideal song for those days that I just need to let everything that I’ve been bottling inside out into the open. Then we have “Natural Prayer.” Right away, it is a different story than the rest of the album, it is a thousand times more delicate. The feather-light vocals flow ever so nicely as the beat begins to pick up and carries you through the entire song - but Feed plays no games. They pull a 180 degree turn and push you right back into their loud DIY psych-rock style.
The boys of Feed show no mercy in this album. Each song will make you want to close your eyes and let everything go. It’s compelling, it’s magnetic, and I can only imagine the riot it can bring out in a crowd.