Sitting in a quiet studio in London, I catch up with The Feeling about what’s been going on recently and the exciting tour they have ahead of them this year.
After selling out their first gig at London’s Apollo Theatre in under a minute, the Feeling is hitting the road again with a UK tour, celebrating the anniversary of their album.
“After ten years of touring, we decided to give ourselves a couple of years break. We had a couple of years off that ended up being quite busy for all of us.”
This will be the band’s first tour for over two years, and everyone sounds very excited to get back on stage with each other.
“We initially announced the one show, doing a 12-year anniversary concert. We thought it would be quite nice to play the songs on that record. It was also a nice way of easing our way into playing live again. And then that went so well, we thought, “Oh, we could do a tour!”
It’s a been an enjoyable and nostalgic experience.
“We are touring the whole album and playing the entire collection from top to bottom, how it was recorded and actually as we always meant it to be listened to.”
As we joke about getting used to being on the road with each other again, the band explain how even during their break they were all working with each other still on little projects and gigging together.
“Whatever we are doing outside of the band, we always support each other.”
“Even before the Feeling existed, we were musicians who were mates and doing other things. It’s always been part of our story.”
The tour is a celebration of their million-selling album ‘Twelve Stops And Home’ – a record that has vibes of The Beatles, Queen and Scouting for Girls. The album was played nearly 100,000 times on the UK radio and in 2006, was the most played act on UK radio.
Keeping with the 12 themes, the Feeling is visiting 12 UK venues on this tour, including Manchester O2 Ritz on 27th October.
Tickets are currently on sale here and www.thefeeling.com
Lead singer Dan Gillespie Sells has not only written the songs for the band but the music for the award-winning West End musical ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’.
Opening at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre and then transferring to the West End, Dan was surprised but “absolutely delighted” with the response to the show.
“It’s something I think you hope happens. It’s like when ‘Twelve Stops And Home’ came out. You put it out and hope for the best. I certainly wasn’t expecting it to become a hit.”
“The show is a really joyful and coming of age story about a 16-year-old boy. It’s hilarious – it makes people laugh and cry.”