The Feelies have been making up for lost time.
Since reuniting four years ago after a 19-year hiatus, the band makes sure that at each show, the fans get what they came for.
“We do a lot of encores,” said Glenn Mercer, guitarist of the seminal rock band, who surmised the record reaches upward of 15 songs. “It can be a pretty long night for us.”
Luckily, there’s lots of material to choose from. Since forming in 1976, the band’s released five albums, including its most-recent work, “Here Before,” which touches on the band’s styles of frenetic punk and mellow New Wave rock.
Taking a nearly two-decade break doesn’t seem to have hurt the band, as the Feelies play as regularly as they want. Mercer reckons the quintet would perform even more, though their family life keeps them off the road for too long.
“I tend to not have as much time to do music, so when we are doing it, not only do I appreciate it more, I try to make the most of it,” said Mercer.
Fifteen-song encore, here we come.
The Feelies at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], May 13 at 8 pm. Show is sold out. For info, visit www.thebellhouseny.com.
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