The Feelers

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The Feelers
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Background information
Origin Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Genres Rock
Years active 1993–present
Labels Warner Music Group
Website The Official Feelers Website
Members James Reid
Hamish Gee
Andy Lynch
Matt Short[1]
Past members Matthew Thomas

The Feelers is a New Zealand soft rock band formed in the early 1990s in Christchurch by James Reid (singer/guitarist) and Hamish Gee (drums/guitar).

History[edit]

The Feelers was signed by Warner Music and released their first album, Supersystem. The album went to number 1 in New Zealand in September 1998, and became the second biggest selling album in the country that year. An instrumental version of single "Pressure Man" featured in 1999 American film Drop Dead Gorgeous during Kirsten Dunst's tap-dancing act. At the 1999 New Zealand Music Awards Supersystem won Album of the Year, Song Writer of the Year (James Reid), Band of the Year, and Producer of the Year (The Feelers and Malcolm Welsford) . James Reid was also awarded the most played song on New Zealand Radio two years running, with "Supersystem" 1998 and "Venus" the following year.

After extensive touring the band started work on their next album, recording demos with Des Broadbery before starting production with British producer Gil Norton. Released in 2001, Communicate debuted at Number 1.

2003 album Playground Battle, was seen by the band as a new direction. Hitting the number 1 spot again, the album earned James Reid his third award for the APRA most played song on New Zealand Radio, for "Stand Up".

After further touring around Australasia, USA and Europe, the band started on their fourth album, One World. Released on 13 November 2006, the self-produced album debuted at number one on the New Zealand Album Charts,[2] and also went Platinum in its first week of release,[3] their fourth album to hit the number 1 slot. This album is viewed by some[who?] as their best work to date, showing diverse directions.

In July 2008, The Feelers played a sellout show at the Octagon in Dunedin before an All Blacks vs South Africa test match at Carisbrook. The band performed two new songs, "Beautiful Feeling" and "Narrow Lanes". That October The Feelers embarked on a national "Heartland" Tour, playing acoustic shows in 18 small towns away from the cities, as a way of saying thanks to those who had supported it over its first ten years.

The Feelers released a greatest hits album entitled The Feelers: The Best: '98-'08 in November 2008, which contained 18 songs including two brand new tracks; "Beautiful Feeling" and "Whoever Said". In October 2009 the album earned The Feelers a Tui in the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards for the highest selling album.

In an interview that December with the Sunrise breakfast show about their "Best of" release in December 2008, Reid was asked "will we see another ten years of The Feelers?", Reid replied, "Oh Easily!"[citation needed]

In May 2009 The Feelers members announced that a new album was in production.[4] In September they released details of a competition with MasterCard, where two winners would fly to the Cook Islands, and sing and appear in the video of their single "Blue Skies". In an interview with radio station The Rock FM from Rarotonga that October, The Feelers mentioned that the new album would not be released for several months, but the album did not appear. After extended delays, a new album was finally announced for release in August 2011.

In November 2009 the Feelers announced an annual summer tour, adding an as yet unreleased song to the live gigs, "Open Up The Ground".

In March 2010 the band released a cover version of Jesus Jones hit Right Here, Right Now as the anthem to the 2011 Rugby World Cup advertising campaign. The New Zealand Herald wrote that the announcement had been "widely panned by New Zealanders posting on the social networking site Twitter",[5] though the newspaper added that some had expressed relief that The Feelers had been chosen, over other Kiwi bands.

In 2011 the band released the album 'Hope Nature Forgives'.

James Reid's brother is singer-songwriter Donald Reid. Matt Thomas' brother is Gareth Thomas, keyboardist in New Zealand band Goodshirt.

Their song 'Stand Up' featured as the campaign song for the New Zealand National Party during the 2011 New Zealand election.

The Feelers to date have sold more albums within New Zealand than any other New Zealand band.

Solo Careers[edit]

In November 2013 Reid released his first solo album called Saint.[6]

Members[edit]

From the band's formation in the early 90s until 2008, The Feelers consisted of the same members. In 2008 bassist Matt Thomas departed, replaced by Matt Short. Guitarist Andy Lynch, who had played guitar for The Feelers on some previous tours, was added to the line-up.[7]

Current members[edit]

  • James Reid - vocals, guitar (1993–present)
  • Hamish Gee - drums,guitar (1993–present)
  • Andy Lynch - guitar (2008–present)

Members[edit]

  • Matt Thomas - bass (1993–2008)
  • Tim Skedden - Guitar
  • Phil Stoodley - Guitar
  • Matt Short - bass (2008–present)

Discography[edit]

The Feelers[edit]

Solo Albums[edit]

James Reid[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]