I Feel Fine Brighton, UK
Having exploded onto the alt-rock scene in 2018 with their rousing blend of emo, punk and math, Brighton’s I Feel Fine are ready to unleash their stunning debut album. ‘The Cold in Every Shelter’ is a beautifully honest and heart-swelling set that displays an incredible knack for writing intricate, technically-minded rock music, but delivered with super-strength hooks and the quartet’s distinctively warming gang-vocal delivery.
Building on the strong foundations set by their debut EP, I Feel Fine continue to deliver the nostalgically influenced alt-rock sound they tastefully pay homage to (think Crash of Rhinos, The Appleseed Cast, Algernon Cadwallader) while looking towards new and fresh textures, adding post-rock dynamics, subtle orchestral swirls and some alt-country inflections. Tying this together with super tight and muscular performances, there is no denying the sky-scraping ambition that this record exudes, whilst retaining the high energy and ultimately joyful euphoria of their live shows.
Leading the record’s sonic journey are these grandiose, heart-on-sleeve emo-punk melodies that are backed up by the painstaking honesty of guitarist Nathan Tompkins’ lyrics. But it’s how Nathan shares his vulnerabilities with the rest of his band mates to sing in unison that gives I Feel Fine this overwhelming sense of unity and brotherhood. Often harmonising and sometimes screamed, there is so much catharsis bubbling within these songs as we see the quartet morph together as one unit.
The album is an inward study of the self, working through personal insecurities and worries of missed opportunities, as well as a general feeling of being out of sync with the rest of the world. However, there is a silver lining here in that this is not a necessarily unique complex and, in fact, one that many of us look to overcome. It’s with this notion that I Feel Fine find the strength to sing together to unburden themselves.
The chemistry the quartet share is electric and gallantly reaches conclusions of hope and optimism. Wistful, self-aware and incredibly relatable, I Feel Fine want to open up a dialogue between themselves and the listener, and it’s this level of mindfulness that is refreshing to see and comforting to hear.
Building a reputation within the DIY community after having toured several times around the UK and Europe, working hard is something I Feel Fine have never struggled to do. This is a band that don’t sit still and who instead want to step out and get everyone singing together with them.
I Feel Fine is Nathan (guitars/vocals), Antoine (drums/vocals), Jack (bass/vocals) and Joe (guitars/vocals).
PR: Wall of Sound - Jamie Otsa
"An emotionally charged and raw affair" - Overblown
"A gang I wanna be in" - Birthday Cake for Breakfast