Saturday 16 March 2019

On Stage: FEELS @ Paradiso

There's a lot going on at the moment about gender identity and about the position of women in the world. Also in music people realize something is going on in a business that is being dominated by males. So there's now a focus on music made by women and fortunately there are plenty of great female artists. Like the FEELS for instance, the band consisting of three women and a male drummer, who are on the rise.

FEELS at Paradiso Amsterdam, March 13 2019

We get warmed up by Czech shoegaze band Manon Meurt. Their slow post rock music is interesting enough although it needs a bit more work in my opinion. The drummer is so busy coming up with uncommon breaks and rhythms that he forgets that a song needs a groove. The band could be onto something though.

Ty Segall himself produced the first self titled FEELS album and with that stamp of approval you must have something to offer. The band bring their brand new album Post Earth and starts friendly with a couple of indie rock songs that have beautiful harmonies. But then their music explodes into wild punk and garage rock that blows everyone away. Singer Leana Geronimo is convincing in both the more quiet songs as in the loud ones. She sometimes even puts away her guitar to step up to the front. Fellow guitarist Shannon Lay is mostly singing harmonies but takes the lead in a couple of songs as well.

These are skilled and experienced musicians. Geronimo is a multi-instrumentalist and has her own band Wild Geronimo. Lay is a singer songwriter herself and performs solo. This is probably the reason this bands has so much diversity to offer in their music. But they add their own sound to it, which makes sure there is a clear direction. Best of all it all sounds very tight and well performed. This is a band to my liking with groovy rock songs and lots of energy. To top it off Geronimo announces that they will return to Amsterdam in June to play the new Loose Ends festival. I already got me my tickets and I am looking forward to seeing this exciting band again

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