The Feeling are five twentysomethings from Sussex and London who love
pop music. Great big no-nonsense, hook-filled, giant-chorused pop music
music for the masses, only intelligent, with sunshine hooks and killer
choruses that everyone can hum, from plumbers to professors.The Feeling,
who are all between 25 and 27, are overnight sensations with a bit of a
past, cutting their teeth as session musicians on a variety of
mainstream and marginal recordings. They're all from Sussex, except Dan,
who's from London. Paul, Kevin and Ciaran even went to the same school:
Paul and Ciaran were in the same year. The Sussex axis of the band have
been friends for 13 years. They met Dan and Richard at music college in
Croydon 10 years ago, and they've been working together in various
forms ever since.
Five years ago they went through their "Hamburg era" when they appeared
for several seasons in the Alps as a covers band who specialised in
versions of Rolling Stones, Kinks, Stevie Wonder and Beatles songs as
well as rocked-up versions of '80s hits like "Take On Me" by A-ha, "Walk
Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles and "Jump" by Van Halen: "Whatever got
the crowd going."
The band still go back there, to try out new material.
"It's our spiritual home," says Richard, adding more seriously: "That's how
we got good at playing."