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Safer than Driving

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Feed, with Safer Than Driving, makes some good guitar pop, if I do say so myself. The band has apparently been around for seven years, on and off, playing shows in Seattle, though this album is their debut release. The music is simple, as in the band is doing nothing strikingly new, but they are surely good at what they do.

These past seven years seem to have been quite beneficial to Feed's music. Each of the four band members, Adam Perry on vocals and guitar, Monnix Jelinek on bass, Kevin Hones on guitar, and Adam Levasseur on drums, play beautifully in relation to the other guys, resulting in a great solidarity of sound, as though this is their second, third or fourth release, surely not their first.

This music they produce on Safer Than Driving sounds similar to another band, but I just can't think of which. I've been trying to figure it out for a week or so, and I asked my friend, who, in turn, looked them up on the allmusic.com site and read me "similar bands." This did not get me far, considering it named the Pixies, the Cranberries, and the Innocence Mission as "similar" sounding bands. Hmm… hard to imagine. I realized later when I looked it up myself that my initial surprise (a band with only one EP to its name having a place in allmusic.com sounded nearly impossible) was warranted. The Feed displayed on Safer Than Driving and Feed referenced on allmusic.com are, obviously, different bands. So, here I am, back where I started, and I can't tell you that exact band Feed sounds like. I can tell you two things. Or four, really. 1, 2 and 3: Safer Than Driving sounds unlike something that could be accredited to the Cranberries, the Pixies, or the Innocence Mission. 4: each of the four songs on their debut, "My Big Mouth," "In the Pillow," "Put It Down," and "The Last Dream of the Century," are damn good pop songs.

Its probably better Feed's sound escapes me. Maybe the similar-sounding band is just in my head, anyway. I guess it's a good thing when a band sounds like a band you like, that you can't put your finger on. I guess it means it is a band you have just started to like. In my case with Feed, I think that is true. I like the band and can't wait to hear what its next release sounds like. Lets just hope it doesn't take another seven years.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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