Interview: The Feeling

Last weekend, The Feeling brought the first ever Hard Rock Rocks Edinburgh festival to a triumphant close with a crowd-pleasing set in the Spiegeltent. But there’s no rest for the wicked and the popular five-piece – whose best known hits include I Love It When You Call and Fill My Little World – are already gearing up to spend their second consecutive weekend performing locally. Ahead of Party at the Palace in Lintlithgow, AAA caught up with keyboardist Ciaran Jeremiah.

  • On Sunday, you closed the first ever Hard Rock Rocks Edinburgh festival. How did it feel to be asked to headline?

It felt great to be asked, Edinburgh’s a great city, and one in which we’ve had a blast in many times over the years.

  • You parted ways with your record label in 2011, after having great success in the UK, and are now signed to BMG. How did you find the transitional period?

The transition was ultimately very good for us – it allowed us time and space to knuckle down to make one of our best albums yet, without interruption or interference.

  • What’s been the biggest highlight of your career so far?

There’s been a fair few, but playing the Isle of Wight Festival and Wembley Stadium, for the Concert for Diana, have been a couple.

  • At Hard Rock Rocks Edinburgh, there was an acoustic stage featuring up-and-coming acts performing free sets. How important do you think it is that new bands are given opportunities like this?

It’s very important. People need to be able to develop their performance skills in a live setting, and this often feeds their creativity, too. It can be a very fulfilling experience, both for the people doing it and those that are watching and listening to it.

  • When you first burst onto the scene, many people had you down as being an overnight success story. However, you’d actually been together for years before you got signed and released your first single. Can you tell us a little bit about the early years?

We grew up together, essentially. We played in numerous bands together over the years, and after all playing out in the French Alps together, started recording some songs that Dan had written. These later became the songs on our first album.

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  • How difficult did you find touring at grassroots level?

When you’re young you can do anything – we had bags of energy back in our twenties, so it was a lot of fun as well as hard work, but we took it in our stride!

  • You’re set to perform at Party at the Palace on Saturday. What can fans expect from your performance?

Some familiar songs, some newer songs and a reasonable amount of sweat!

  • Your last album, Boy Cried Wolf, was released late 2013. Can we expect any new music from The Feeling anytime soon?

Yeah, there’ll be a new album out next year and we’re very excited about it.

  • The Feeling will play Party at the Palace in Linlithgow on Saturday, 8 August.

For tickets or more information, please visit www.partyatthepalace.co.uk

Words: Amy Anderson