Jon Gooch, who is better known by his DJ name Feed Me, made an epic return after a brief hiatus. During his “time off” he managed to churn out one of his best albums to date: “Feed Me’s Psychedelic Journey.” After its release a nationwide tour was announced to the delight of his devoted fans. This next installment in Feed Me’s many adventures was set to feature a revamped version of the legendary TEETH setup and brand new visuals. Needless to say, his show in Philly at the Theater of Living Arts was equally anticipated by local and out-of-state fans!
Delta Heavy preceded the main attraction everyone was anxious to see and he did a bang up job of getting everyone warmed up with some classic dubstep and heavy bass tracks. Though he primarily stuck to tracks that many would consider mainstream, it was perfect because nothing of that sort would be heard later on. “Tell Me” by What So Not and RL Grime and Skrillex’s “Recess” got the most reaction and by the time Delta Heavy concluded, people were 100% ready for the face-melting, speaker-shattering show that Feed Me was about to unleash.
As soon as the theater screen ascended raucous cheering could be heard around the venue; clad in a Wu Tang tee, Feed Me opened his set with a slow song that featured him doing live vocals! It was definitely a pleasant surprise that further proves how versatile he is as an artist. His whole performance alternated between slow/steady and heart-pumping bass tracks, all of which were his own original work. His deliberate exclusion of popular tracks makes Feed Me’s shows all the more unique and special. Unless you see him at a festival, you can always expect to solely hear his material at a headlining gig. He made sure to include tracks from nearly all of his albums, which catered to fans that have been following him from the beginning. “Strange Behaviour” and a remixed version of “Pink Lady” were two of the oldies but goodies that everyone was very excited for. “Rat Trap” from his debut studio album Calamari Tuesday was another crowd fave.
The new setup was definitely a huge step in the evolution of Feed Me’s shows. Sporting a more jagged and gnarly smile; the stage looked rather menacing but dangerously awesome. Another cool addition were robotic arms and spinning LED panels that added more depth and dimension to the production. Because the venue was much smaller than most venues, the teeth seemed to tower ominously over the crowd and made for greater presence.
Of course the night would not be complete without every single song from his newest release Feed Me’s Psychedelic Journey being played in some way shape or form. The positioning of each track in the set was random so, it served as a pleasant surprise each time especially when he sang live during “Alarm Clock.” Without a doubt the energy in the theater went from 60% to 100% during “One Click Headshot” which smoothly transitioned into “Thumbs Up,” and “Little Cat Steps” all of which are Feed Me’s biggest club thumpers.
As he brought the night to a close, a slower intro that eventually ramped up into the full speed tempo of “Patience” brought the house down. That is until his encore, which seemed to be a brand new rendition of “Trapdoor” that featured an awesome drum and bass style approach (reminiscent of his other alias Spor maybe?).
Feed Me’s Psychedelic Journey began in NYC at the beginning of the month and is slowly progressing to various cities across the US. Philly’s historic venue, The Theater of Living Arts hosted the brand new TEETH setup at its intimate space. A wide range of tracks- some old, some new, some fast, some slow- all brought the show together in a comprehensive manner that showcased Feed Me’s expertise and distinct take on music production. Needless to say, all fans definitely left the show without any disappointment! If you have yet to see him, be sure to catch him at a city near you! The tour ends early next month so act fast!
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