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Feeder Biography

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Birth Place: Newport, Wales, UK
Years Active: 1991 – present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Post-grunge, Grunge, Post-Britpop

Feeder are a Brit-nominated alternative rock group, formed in Newport, Wales in 1991. Feeder's original line-up consisted of vocalist and guitarist Grant Nicholas, drummer Jon Lee and bass player Taka Hirose. By 1995 they released their debut EP ''Two Colours'' and a second EP titled ''Swim'', which was followed by their 1997 debut album ''Polythene'', after being met with critical acclaim and made the UK Top 75. Their second album, ''Yesterday Went Too Soon'' (1999), again found favour with critics and reached number eight in the UK. The band's cult status was followed by mainstream success in 2001, as they scored a UK Top 10 and South Africa airplay number one hit with the single "Buck Rogers", and the attendant album ''Echo Park'' (2001), which reached number five in the UK. Their next release, ''Comfort in Sound'' (2002) was released nine months after Jon Lee committed suicide in his Miami home in January 2002, it spawned the hit singles "Come Back Around", their second top 10 single "Just the Way I'm Feeling", "Forget About Tomorrow" and "Find the Colour". The album was recorded with then former Skunk Anansie drummer Mark Richardson, before charting at number six. Two more studio albums were released, which also included a 2006 singles compilation which charted at number two, with those being ''Pushing the Senses'' (2005) which also reached number two and spawned four hit singles including their third UK top 10 "Tumble and Fall". The album was followed by ''Silent Cry'' (2008) which charted at number eight, before becoming the last album recorded with Mark Richardson before he returned to a reformed Skunk Anansie in 2009. In 2008 Echo ceased operations as a record company.

Feeder later started up Big Teeth Music, their own record label. Karl Brazil filled the vacant drummer position in 2009, then also formed part of their side-project Renegades. Karl stayed with the band when they reverted back to the Feeder name before releasing their seventh studio album ''Renegades'' (2010), which peaked at number 16 on the albums chart and became their seventh top 20 album. According to the ranking system that was used in the now defunct ''Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums'', Feeder were one of the most successful acts during the era of the UK singles and albums charts when a single had to be available on a physical format to allow it in the chart listings, with this being between 1952 to 2006.