Feed The Kid

Strange Time/Dirty Jokes

Single Release


Out: 14th September

Louder Than War Bomb Rating 4.5


Manchester’s FTK, formerly Feed The Kid, regroup and storm back with a new double A-side Strange Time/Dirty Jokes. Nigel Carr reviews for Louder Than War.

After re-grouping in February this year FTK now features original members Curtis Taylor (vocals) and Ciaran Egan (guitar) augmented by Thomas May (Guitar), Dan Houghton (Drums) and Andy Fletcher (Bass). This is the first in a series of singles which will extend into 2019 with a debut performance for the band at this year’s Head For The Hills festival this weekend. (14th-16th September)

We Say:

Strange Times sees Taylor’s part-tremulous vocal searing over a big slack beat. Part Gorillaz, part Simple Minds, it’s dense and hypnotic, reaching back into promising-you-a-miracle eighties with a swirling psychedelic wash, giving it a polished, ‘now’ edge. Dirty Jokes opens to church bells before declaring ‘Forgive Me Father I have sinned’, continuing in similar vein with a thumping Frankie beat via All You Need Is Love/A Day In The Life – who said, Father McKenzie? Again Taylor’s vocal is peerless – who else sings like this with a vibrato delivery, wavering into falsetto? It’s a big, stunning slab of modern alt and ends abruptly, too short.

What They Say:

The newly formed group of individuals set out to express their shared concern at the distinct lack of morals in today’s modern society and voice those opinions under the FTK banner. The tracks’ lyrical content highlights the lack of morality by describing ‘right-wing behaviour‘. The people in perceived decision making seats as ‘not having a clue‘ and the overwhelming feeling that ‘there is something we can do’. Because we are ‘sick and tired of the modern day blues‘.

The message is clear – for something that defies any modern, wanky genre-tagging – the tracks feel fresh and new, pulling strains of delta blues and hip-hop into a heady modern mix. The single is out this  Friday!



15 September: Ramsbottom, Head for the Hills Festival

24 November: Manchester, Night & Day

 2019 SHOWS

London / Manchester / Dublin / Glasgow TBA

The band is on instagram.com/Feedthekidmusic, Facebook, Twitter Website

Words by Nigel Carr© More writing by Nigel on Louder Than War can be found at his Author’s archive. You can find Nigel on Twitter and Facebook and his own Website

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Nigel is Interviews & Features Editor at Louder Than War, freelance writer and reviewer. He has a huge passion for live music and is a strong supporter of the Manchester music scene. With a career in eCommerce, Nigel is a Digital Marketing consultant and runs his own agency, Carousel Projects specialising in SEO and PPC. He is also co-owner and Editor at M56 Media/Hale & Altrincham Life, and a Presenter & Station Manager on Louder Than War Radio.


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