- Date: Friday 18/02/2022
- Time: 7.00pm
- Price: £12 / £15
- Age Restrictions: 18+
- Venue: Clwb Ifor Bach
We’re thrilled that Indie-Punk outfit Feet will return to Cardiff in February 2022 following their incredible live performance at Sŵn Festival 2019. Tickets will go on sale 15.10.21 at 10AM.
What do you do when you’ve created a monster? Such was the conundrum that Coventry-born, London-based quintet FEET found themselves wincing over one not-so-brilliant lockdown evening in mid-2020. A notion that might sound like it’s taking things a bit too far perhaps, but, as it turns out, taking things a bit too far was exactly the problem in question…
“We suffered from real cabin fever the last lockdown, and it all came to a head on a day that coincided with us accidentally watching a few old videos of us playing,” recalls bassist Oli Shasha, “and at the same time we all had this dreadful reaction of, what have we become?!” “At The Great Escape the first year, we played the James Bond theme and the Pink Panther theme. One time, George said he was gonna go order a drink while we were playing. And we were wearing kimonos,” elaborates guitarist Harry Southerton. “We had our hat period as well – Jay Kay from Jamiroquai sort of hats, fishing hats, leopard print furry bucket hats…” mustachioed singer George Haverson chuckles as guitarist Callum Parker shakes his head: “I think at the time we genuinely thought it was cool. But that was just cos we were fucking stupid.”
If the band were the class clowns of the UK’s new guitar music scene back in those days, however, they weren’t entirely to blame. Fresh out of uni, FEET had been snapped up by the prestigious management company who worked with Foals and Metallica, so they “just went with it” (the two have since parted ways); thrust into recording their debut album, they began work on it mere weeks after drummer Ben Firth had joined the band, and were still scrabbling together material for its second half whilst the first was being recorded. The fact that what came out – 2019’s ‘What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham’ (a title they all groan over now) – still burst with earwormy hooks and moments of wonky, idiosyncratic excitement seems testament to the obvious talent that lay beneath the tomfoolery all along. The record gained them support from the likes of NME, DIY and Radio One, alongside support tours with Declan McKenna and backing from ex-Maccabee Felix White’s Yala! Records. For a group that could have been perceived as winging it, they winged it pretty well.
“To be honest, I don’t know if it was even something we were actively playing into, I think that’s just who we were at the time – stupid students who thought everything was going to fall into place,” shrugs George. “And it nearly did!” “There was nothing fake about it, that was just what was going on,” Harry agrees. “It took a pandemic for a reality check.”
Having moved in together to their North London flat back in September 2019, the five friends were no strangers to spending large amounts of time with each other. However, living “like a hive mind” for the past year has level-upped their kinship – both as people and artists – several times over. “I think the reason why we’re all on the same page now is because we’re more comfortable with each other,” George explains. “We’ve lived together under such tight restrictions for so long, and we share bedrooms with each other, so we’ve got past the threshold of being able to tell each other exactly what we think.”