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.