Feeder is a British independent rock band that formed in London. The band was originally made up by Grant Nicholas and John Henry Lee. After putting an advert for a bass player in a London newspaper, Taka Hirose responded and thus became Feeder's bass guitarist. Feeder's first EP was released in 1995, consisting of two songs and dubbed "Two Colours". This was followed by three albums - Polythene, Yesterday Went Too Soon and Echo Park, the latter most of which coincided with a rise in the band's popularity.
In 2002, John Lee hung himself in Miami. After a short break, the band resumed touring with a hired drummer, who was replaced by Mark Richardson formerly of Skunk Anansie. Richardson later became the band's permanent drummer.
Although their later album Comfort In Sound has a note about Lee on the inside sleeve, the music on the album as well as a demo was already complete before his death. Fans sometimes mistake the album as having been composed in his memory, which is not the case.
Feeder then went on to write another album, named Pushing The Senses. Feeder were meant to have recorded a subsequent album in 2006, but due to success of "The Singles" compilation, they decided to continue touring and delay recording. As of November 2007, the band is currently recording in Abbey Road Studios.
Nicholas stated in an interview at the Carling Weekend, Reading 2006 that the members of Feeder have known Muse for a long time. Whether he means as a band or personally is unclear.