It’s probably no coincidence that Feud’s debut album is being launched during the month which marks the 20th anniversary of ”Nevermind.’ ‘ Waterdog’ is an album which is absolutely bathed in Nirvana’s influence. If it was a teenager it’d be wearing a smiley-face t-shirt and a tatty shirt while absent-mindedly strumming the ‘Smells Like…’ riff on a cheap guitar.
The comparison doesn’t just exist in the song writing — vocalist Ian Harper actually seems to go out of his way to sound like Kurt Cobain, none more brazenly on ‘Blame Me’, an admittedly stand-out track which is almost marred by the blatent theivery of another man’s intonation.
‘Sick and Tired’ also borrows from the Nevermind track listing, launching with an opening riff which is unlikely to put you in mind of anything but ‘In Bloom’.
However, Feud are hardly the first band to find themselves so enamoured by the famous Seattle-ites and, truth be told, they have done a much better job of emulating the sound than the likes of Seether and Puddle of Mudd have ever managed.
Feud seem to realise what others band often miss — that the huge part of Nirvana’s appeal was the sheer fun of their music and ‘Waterdog’ goes a long way to nailing the pop aspect that made Cobain and crew so bloody transcendent.
The music here may not be original, but it’s huge fun and the album is a brisk listen which comes flying out the traps with opener ‘Dying To Meat You’ (I don’t get it either…) and offers plenty of reward along the way — especially with the Weezer-esque ‘Get Out’.
They won’t win any prizes for originality, but you’d have to be particularly cynical not to get something out of this one.
Kenneth John Porteous