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Spoon Feedas - 2003 True North



SPOON FEEDAS - TRUE NORTH (2003, LEGEND MUSIC)
Peter Guthrie - vocals, rhythm guitars
John Reardon - lead guitars
Colin Browne - bass
Terry Du Plessis - keyboards
Elton Besson - drums


Background
Durban based Spoon Feedas have been a constant radio presence in South Africa for over a year now, launching hit singles onto the charts and drawing massive audiences to their energetic and explosive live shows - and all this without a CD in stores... until now.

The Songs
Opening track 'Always' sets down the blueprint for the Spoon Feedas sound and style, highly melodic yet effectively simple power pop rock, propelled along by a driving rhythm. The chorus is a clear winner, showing an ability to manipulate subtle melodies to full effect. 'Stumble' begins with a haunting guitar echo overlaid with a smooth vocal not unlike Sting in his Police days, before launching into an uptempo anthem complete with the kind of melodic chorus Cheap Trick would be proud of. 'Rain' brings on the haunting power ballad vibes, delivered with such style and conviction that the hairs on your arms find it impossible to lie flat.. goosebump material for sure. The title track is up next, an inspired melodic anthem exploring the need to find direction in life, coming across like classic Police fused with 'Last Safe Place' era Le Roux. 'Alone' has been a # 1 hit in South Africa recently and it's no wonder - built on an irresistable hook, this melodic feast builds in intensity and power, reaching a stage where everything is so melodic you're no longer able to tell verse from chorus : one of the true classics of South Africa's musical heritage.

'Crumbling In' swoops down at a sedate midtempo, semi acoustic at first but destined for anthem status with flowing melodies and some guitar bits later on that would get The Edge jealous, not to mention an unexpected second bridge of Roadmaster proportions (in terms of arrangement). 'Dead End Street' is a little more fierce in nature sporting a driving riff and a positive message 'just look around you, it's not half as bad as it seems'. 'King With A Crown' also operates at a melodic mid-tempo until the vibrant chorus kicks in over a 1/1 70's funk device drum signature, a great contrast and a killer song live. 'What Life May Bring' is at first very reminiscent of the Third Eye Blind hit 'Semi Charmed Life', but quickly establishes it's own melodic identity, inhabiting a slightly funky rhythmic space. 'If I Could' and 'New Day' round out a classic debut in considerable style, wrapping their trademark melodies in a more sedate package - the perfect route back to track 1.

In Summary
While their sound never comes across as dated, there are elements of classic 80's melodies all over this disc - so it's no surprise that people of all ages have responded to their particular brand of modern power pop rock. Having already been a household name in South Africa for over a year, this release is destined for success and this band's future looks impossibly bright.

URL: www.spoonfeedas.com
Produced By: Spoon Feedas with Brett Quinton

Track Listing:
01 Always
02 Stumble
03 Rain
04 True North
05 Alone
06 Crumbling In
07 Dead End Street
08 King With A Crown
09 What Life May Bring
10 If I Could
11 New Day

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