The Feeling’s debut album, ‘Twelve Stops And Home’, was very much the soundtrack to Scotcampus’ own teenage years. Having seen them perform at Glasgow’s O2 Academy back in 2007, we can vividly remember getting the older boys who our girl gang was with to buy us blue WKD at the bar, while we bopped to ‘Fill My Little World’… Such classy ladies.
Now on their fourth studio album, we’re told to expect a darker sound from ‘Boy Cried Wolf’, which makes us a little nervous coming from a previously chirpy band. What’s happened over the past 2 years to bring this change? The Feeling’s guitarist, Kevin Jeremiah, enlightens Scotcampus.
What’s been going on while you guys have been away?
Well we haven’t stopped, but it’s just that whenever we’re recording we’re not out there playing shows, so everyone assumes we’ve disappeared! But no, we’ve just been working away, we’ve got the new album coming out in October, so it’s all going really well and we’re looking forward to getting out and playing again.
The new album was born out of a broken relationship; what is it about heartache that inspires so many songs?
I think not being happy inspires art in general. If you’re perfectly happy and content then why do you want to create anything outside of yourself? All great art of any kind, but especially music, is generally by unhappy people. I’m hoping that means it’s a great album!
How do you think the sound has developed since ‘Together We Were Made’?
I think it’s… I’m trying not to say mature, but I think it is a more mature album. It’s a bit more serious and for me it sounds like a band who’ve grown up. Some of the influences are a bit darker, it’s definitely got the pop on there, but it’s a bit more Pink Floyd. I think it’s possibly my favourite Feeling album. I’m really, really chuffed with it.
Do you think the rise of social media has had a big effect on how you promote yourselves now?
Yeah, it’s a strange one. Self-promotion isn’t really my thing personally, but I guess with the world we’re in now, everybody is self-promoting all the time. It’s a funny one and it’s definitely got a lot of good things about it, like being able to talk to people directly, and say exactly what you mean to say. It doesn’t need to go through a third party and be interpreted. It does mean that everybody feels the pressure to promote themselves all the time, especially if you’re in a band where that’s what you’re supposed to be doing…
Twitter didn’t exist when we started, but now it seems more normal for people to be posting about their lives on the Internet than it does for them to talk to each other.
You released a greatest hits album back in 2011; why did you decide to do that when it usually signals the end for a lot of bands?
Well we didn’t have a record deal when we recorded our most recent album, so the greatest hit or ‘Singles’, as it was called, signalled the end of that era with the record company we were with at the time. The result of that was that we got to make an album totally on our own, with no pressure from anyone else, and we’re lucky that Dan’s got a studio set up in his house so we could record like we’ve always done. Not having anyone else involved meant that it was much more fun, it was much more relaxed, it was exactly what we wanted it to be. I think it’s a better album as a result.
So it was more the end of the beginning?
Yeah, I mean we’re always going to do this; it’s what we’ve always done and we can’t do anything else. We’ll always be making music and it’s so nice to do it completely on your own, the way we did the first album.
You’re heading out on tour in October; what’s your favourite thing about performing live?
There are loads of elements, but it’s definitely a buzz, playing in front of all those people. Playing your own stuff is a privilege. Years and years ago we used to go and play ski seasons, and that was other people’s stuff. Seeing people come to watch you play your own material, and in those kinds of numbers, is a great feeling.
Is there anywhere you’re most looking forward to playing?
Oh Scotland, of course! [laughs] But in all seriousness, the audiences we get up there are among the best that we get around the country, it definitely makes a difference depending on where you are. We always get a really warm reception and everyone is always up for enjoying it. Rowdy is another word I could use to describe them.
And because it’s Freshers’ time, what one thing would you tell your younger self?
That I should have drank more at university. There was definitely some unreached capacity there!
‘Boy Cried Wolf’ is released on October 7th. The Feeling play Glasgow’s Oran Mor on October 22nd. For tickets click here.