This show felt like a case of deja vu. I had been to this very venue to see John Gooch perform otherwise known as Feed Me about two years ago at the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia. The atmosphere was was even more lively this time around with tons of kids buying tickets right up to the second that Gooch was able to begin his act. Within two years, Feed Me has taken a little sabbatical from touring to release a full length album, Calamari Tuesday and a recent EP named Feed Me’s Psychedelic Journey. Feed Me was back with an even more diversified catalog and slight adaptations to his “Teeth” set that was worth the price of admission alone.
The show opened up with “Orion” the first track of Calamari Tuesday and then hit a groove from there. A little quirk that I like about Feed Me shows is that all of the tracks that are played are Feed Me songs. Many have also heard this style if they have gone to a Deadmau5 or Justice concert as well. Not only does that bring the fans in together with the older material, but also embraces the newer material. You give your songs an opportunity to gestate and grow. Within the hour and fifteenth minute set, crowd favorites such as “Cloudburn” and “Cott’s Face” were played. The show’s highlight is when it picked up in the middle with tracks like “One Click Headshot” and “Thumbs Up”. From viewing it as I was doing photography for the show, not only did the crowd respond to that sequence, it looked like Gooch was really into it as well.
There was a new stage or what could be considered a upgrade from the previous “Teeth” adaptation. Each of the lights corresponded with each bass note. The back of it almost resembled a spaceship of some sort – which is fitting because the whole set was to take you on a journey. The stage helped enhance the music which is better than just generic patterns of light.
If you have even been to the TLA, you can recognize that it can be rather small and cumbersome. For this particular show, I feel that it would have been a little better in a bigger Philadelphia venue. The packed venue made for a good underground-like atmosphere which could have been the point to begin with. Feed Me is not your conventional “put your hands up in the air, big room DJ”. With that being said, to get the overall effect of the music as Feed Me’s style varies from melodic dubstep to drum and bass, I feel that the next tour could benefit from a bigger venue.
Otherwise, I had good time as I did with the previous show. Yes, there were the rowdy kids, kandi and costumes, but as the concept of Feed Me has grown into something bigger, so have the fans that follow him.