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The Fever
Double Door
Chicago, IL
Mar. 27, 2006
The Fever The Fever

Story and Photos By Andy Argyrakis

Type in the band name "The Fever" into and a slew of mostly positive feedback pops up, along with the fact that many consumers who purchased the band's 2004 effort Red Bedroom have also bought Bloc Party, The Bravery and Kaiser Chiefs. Check out the group's website ( or peruse the internet for record reviews and the common influence pool consensus falls somewhere between Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and the Beach Boys during its hippie era. While those 80s dance/pop revivalists, the enigmatic singer/songwriter with his psychedelic backers and the surf pop legends don't seem to have the slightest in common, each of those elements surfaced during The Fever's trip to the Double Door.

The New York City based band is criss- crossing the country in anticipation of its May 2nd release In the City of Sleep (Kemado) previewing much of that record, along with samples of its previous full-length. On one hand, that exotic but highly intriguing cross pollination of sounds led to a blistering 50-minute set where no one in the audience could've predicted what was going to happen next, but chances are, it was something they'd appreciate. Take for instance the slashing guitars, pulsating beats and electronic organ groans stretched throughout "Hotel Fantom" and "Ladyfingers," an outpouring not typically combined, but one that came across with creative gusto and transitional cohesion. "Mr. Baby" also possessed elements of psychedelia mixed with brimming melodies and enough bounce to get a shuffle going while still keeping its cool.

On the other hand, all of this jumping back and fourth between genres led to a sensory overload of sonics at times. The most apparent problem came during "The Secret" when The Fever couldn't quite catch traction nor find a constructive direction. While front man Geremy Jasper was fierce with his vocals, he often jumped ahead of band members, who were busy in their own worlds wailing on everything from drums that sounded like gunshots to electric guitar cranked up with severe distortion to seemingly random key pounding. That side of the band represented a challenge it will face outside of indie rock circles, especially in a day and age when mainstream radio insists bands find a format to fit tightly into one particular box.

But thriving in the major label world isn't the goal of these ambitious guys, who've opted for Kemado Records, the home of fellow buzz brewers like Elefant and Diamond Nights. Considering eyes are already pointed at the label's current roster, The Fever are likely to find footing with the critical crowd, along with hipsters hoping to avoid the so called "popular" garbage cluttering up MTV countdowns. That mixture of credibility, melded with true glimpses of great ideas can blot out the group's stains of inconsistency and hopefully pave the way for continued impulsive excitement.

The Fever The Fever

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