••• Honesty •••
Finding the soul’s ‘on’ switch with words to both quicken and soothe the heart, Fever step forward to be counted with their heavyweight, summer-closing single, ‘Honesty’, OUT NOW on Very Clever Records.
Resplendent in glorious and recognisable, indie-pop colours, yet burying itself deep into listeners’ emotional bedrock with doe-eyed tenderness, the five-piece’s deft, emotive, ‘boy-next-door’ songwriting reaches a new, air-punching peak.
Frustrated into retreat after a run of sold out, January live dates kicked off a 2020 with overwhelming promise, Fever made frequent online appearances during lockdown to offer fans lockdown sessions and covers of influential bands, including The Coral and The Housemartins. With tour dates postponed with Blossoms and their own live ambitions stifled, Fever’s singer and songwriter, James Harrod worked bright, new ideas into shape.
Sitting on ‘Honesty’, recognisable as an instant crowd-pleaser, for four months pushed the band’s patience to the limit, regrouping in the studio as soon as they were able to assemble a tower on Harrod’s foundations. What has emerged, a heartfelt plea to find some truth in the midst of infatuation, is a rare song built equally of vulnerability and defiance.
Of Honesty’s origins and inspirations, Harrod, says:
“‘Honesty’ is a song about being at the make or break point with someone you like. It’s saying we could keep on playing these games with each other or we can just be honest and see what happens.”
‘Honesty’ is backed with a digital B-side in the form of ‘Back For More’, finding the band bare more of their R’n’B teeth and a groove reminiscent of their 2019 debut, ‘Jungle Man‘ and January’s ‘Money Love‘. Fever’s emergence last year was met with the encouragement and on-air support of both Radio X’s Gordon Smart and BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins. The band’s arena-sized, April single, ‘Electric‘ drew even more fans into their slipstream, grabbing the ear and airtime of Steve Lamacq.
Looking forward to a livelier 2021 when they can get back to doing what they do best, Fever have announced the following tour dates, with more to follow:
- Fri 5 March: Manchester Gorilla (supporting Pacific)
- Wed 17 March: Lincoln Engine Shed (supporting Blossoms)
- Fri 19 March: Stoke Victoria Hall (supporting Blossoms)
- Sat 20 March: Leicester O2 Academy (supporting Blossoms rescheduled dates)
- Sun 21 March: Cambridge Junction (supporting Blossoms rescheduled dates)
- Mon 29 March: London O2 Forum Kentish Town (supporting Blossoms rescheduled dates)
Fever are Harrod, Mitchell Capes, Charley May, Joe Gray and Sam Howell. Formed in 2019, this five-piece are the latest cultural ambassadors flying the flag for the city of Hull.
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