The Fever: Post-Hardcore’s New Super Group

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Supergroup – /’so͞opərˌɡro͞op/- an exceptionally successful rock group, in particular one formed by musicians already famous from playing in other groups.

Supergroups are a trend in rock music that has been around for years. It is a cool concept that has always intrigued me, but there has never been a supergroup that has got me truly excited, until now.

The Fever is a three-piece band that features some of the most influential names in post-hardcore. The lineup features Jason Aalon Butler, vocalist of the recently deceased letlive., Stephen Harrsion, guitarist of the late band the Chariot (LONG LIVE!) and Aric Improta, drummer of Night Verses.

The band emerged out of the shadows and played their first show in front of the infamous Randy’s Donuts in Los Angeles this past Independence Day. Their performance couldn’t have screamed punk rock any louder. It embodied the true DIY spirit, performing out of a box truck in the parking lot, which is all sorts of illegal. They did this to raise awareness about the gentrification that is happening in that specific part of LA, and how it is negatively affecting the community.

As a fan of all three bands, I am fanboying on levels I have never experienced before. All three bands show immense amounts of talent. I can only dream of what’s to come. Since they haven’t released any music, the only thing I can base my judgment on is the pop-up show.

Jason speech at the beginning of the performance truly gives insight into what the band is really about. “Everybody is talking about doing something different, but its just talk. So for me, my friends and the people involved in this, we want to make a change,” states Butler, “Today, we’re going to make a point. We’re going to show that we will not be compliant; we’re not going to be quiet. We will assemble. We will do what we need to do to make this change happen.” It is clear that the Fever is here to spread a political message. They want to fight the negative things that are currently affecting society, and bring about positive change and resistance. I am going to speculate that this has a big part in their name. The band does not want to talk about change; they want to make change happen. They also want people to rise up and start taking action. They want to spread like a fever.

When it comes to the music, you can hear a variety of influences that merge with the band’s punk sound. The most common trend I notice is the heavy hip-hop influence. Butler executes verses with rhythm and versatility that flows perfectly with each song. He adds that little bit of that Jason Aalon soul that is present throughout his discography.

The second song, my personal favorite, showed a new side to all the members. There was a newfound industrial influence that I haven’t seen in punk and hardcore until recent years, with very few bands. Improta carries the core of this song, switching from technical industrial beats to fast paced kick-snare that every punk rocker loves. I am interested to see where the band plans to go with this influence. I can’t wait to hear the recorded version, and hope there is more of that influence on their upcoming release.

The final song they performed had a very similar influence that is present in letlive.’s work. It reminds me of their single “Banshee (Ghost Fame).” You can feel the strong jazz and pop influences carry the song. Of course, Butler’s singing carries this song. Also, this song has Harrison carries a little bit more of a lead compared to the other songs.

Overall the performance was amazing. You can tell that the band will perform one hell of a show in the future. Each individual made a strong contribution to their previous bands’ stage presence, so I can only imagine what will happen when they hit a proper stage. The only complaint I have is that I can barely hear the guitar, but I guess are the sacrifices you have to make when you decide to do something as badass as playing in the middle of a donut shop parking lot.

Supergroups are always a hit or miss. You can never see if all the members will truly flow together. I can’t say this about The Fever. They fit together so perfectly, and I am truly excited to see what’s to come.

 

 

 

Concert Review: Nails at White Oak Music Hall #makecirclepitsgreatagain

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Nails. If you listen to any sort of heavy music, you need to listen to them now. They are one of the most disgusting metal bands around right now. The band combines elements of thrash, death metal and hardcore and blend in into the primal rage that is their music. This past Friday, they decided to stop in Houston for the first time in three years.

The previous show, hands down, was one of the craziest shows I had been to. The show featured Code Orange and Twitching Tongues (those two bands should speak for themselves). Trashcans were thrown, fists we’re flying, and it was nothing but pure chaos. It was one of the most beautiful things I had seen.

The show Friday was the complete opposite. It wasn’t the bands fault, they did an amazing job, but it was the crowd’s fault. I never understood this, but Houston hardcore crowds have never been receptive to fast-paced music. I think it is because there is a strong bias against “circle pits.” If you don’t know what a circle pit is, it is when the people in the mosh pit start running around in a giant circle to the pace of the music.

If you go to any popular metal show, you are more than likely to see one. For some reason, the underground scene has always frowned upon it, which sucks for bands like Nails. No matter how many times Todd Jones, vocalist of Nails, demanded one, we couldn’t produce it. It was honestly a sad sight. As I mentioned, this isn’t the first time this has happened, and I will never understand why Houston has such hatred towards circle pits.

One thing that is very common in underground music scenes is group mentality. If small groups of people start something, others will follow. At some point in time, Houston hardcore stopped giving into circle pits, and people followed. In the same regard, I believe if more people caved in on Friday, myself included, the crowd would’ve followed.

In my opinion, if the band wants a circle pit, GIVE THEM A CIRCLE PIT. If the band wants you to two-step, two-step your heart out. Don’t let the judgement of people around you affect your connection to the music. If you need to be the ringleader to get everyone off their feet, JUST DO IT (I deeply apologize for using this outdated meme).

TL;DR: Nails rules. The crowd sucked. #makecirclepitsgreatagain

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Concert Review: Night Drive Album Release Show

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Ever wish you had a time machine to go back to the 80s to see some gnarly synth pop group? Well no need to worry, Night Drive can provide you with those nostalgic feels.

The local synth pop duo released their debut self-titled LP, and celebrated with an album release show at The Secret Group. They celebrated their release with producer Yunginternet and fellow Houstonians MNYNMS. Both openers played grooves that had the crowd dancing around.

The highlight of the night was Night Drive’s awaited performance. It was the first time they played with a drummer, which enhanced their performance significantly. It added a little bit of punchiness and aggression and contributed to the already dark atmosphere the band’s music provides.

This show just provided a taste of what is in store for Night Drive’s future. They are going to make synth pop great again. You can check out their new album here.

 

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