FEVER are a four-piece Indie-Rock band from Hull. The band comprises of James Harrod, Mitchell Capes, Charley May & Joe Gray and was formed in 2019.
The debut single from FEVER, ‘Jungle Man’, was written by the band and produced by Pat Pretorius of AOO Studios, and was released via Blossoms’ record label, Very Clever Records, on Friday 4th October.
FEVER has been making waves in the music industry gaining support from the likes of This Feeling who made the record their Track Of The Week where it earned national radio play on Radio X and where Gordon Smart described the song as “sounding like its going be very special live”, as well receiving airplay on BBC 6 Music where Chris Hawkins described the tune as “an anthem”.
This band are destined for greatness with their first string of headline shows across the UK is being supported by This Feeling and the band are also set to support Blossoms on the first half of their UK Tour including a show at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town in March 2020.
The Songbird recently spent some time catching up with the Band.
Hello and welcome! Please tell us a little bit about yourselves. Who are you, what’s your role within the band and how did you all meet/form?
Hi, my name is James Harrod, and I’m the lead singer/guitarist of FEVER. We formed through me knowing all of the members individually. Me and Mitchell (Our lead guitarist) have been best mates from high school and we learned guitar together. I met Joe (Our drummer) through a member of my last band, when he was brought in to cover the drummer of that band. I met Charley (our bassist) at a local Hull pub, I recognised him from going to the same sixth form and I remembered him being talented. After the end of my last band I took time off to write until I got the urge to get playing again. Once I felt ready, me and Joe decided to organise a practice and we went from there.
Who/What are your musical influences? What sort of genre would you consider your music to be?
I have so many different musical influences. I tend to get influenced by current events in my life, but to save time, I’d have to say The Beatles are my main musical inspiration. They crafted their own world musically and there’s endless inspiration I find in their catalogue. I guess our music would be stereotyped as being ‘Indie Rock’, which is fine, but we also like to think there’s a little bit more to it than just that!
What’s your favourite song of yours and why?
To be honest it changes daily, however I really like a track we have called ‘Glow’ at the minute. There’s a lot of energy in it and it’s great to play live.
What do you consider the best lyric you’ve ever written to be?
I’ve never really thought about it to be honest. I do like the second verse of ‘Jungle Man‘ though, I was quite proud of that when I wrote it.
“I’m a jungle man tryna hang low, I rocked your mind with the rhythm of the nights flow, and even though it lost its tempo, it’s not who you know it’s just those that you don’t I suppose”
What’s your favourite song of all time by any other band/artist and why?
That’s the hardest question I’ve ever been asked. It changes daily, today I’d say it’s ‘Children of the Revolution’ by T.REX. I like the nonsensical wordplay in the verses, the guitars, the chorus, it’s a banger!
What are you listening to at the moment?
I’ve been going back to basics recently and listening to The Strokes a lot. I’ve also been listening to the Electric Warrior album by T.REX.
What’s going on with you at the moment? Do you have any gigs planed or upcoming events?
We’ve just finished a great three date tour with ‘This Feeling’ in Manchester, Leeds & Sheffield. We’ve also just announced our first hometown show on December 3rd at ‘The Sesh’, which is a weekly event in Hull. We’re really looking forward to that one!
What’s been the best gig you’ve played so far and what would be your dream gig to play?
It would have to be our debut show at Jimmy’s in Manchester. The turnout was more than what we’d been expecting and the crowd were loving it as much as we were! My dream gig would have to be the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, does it get much better than that?
Who would you most like to share a stage with (past or present)?
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being in a band?
Best thing: Making music Worst thing: Service station food
What three words best sum you up as a band?
Pop, but tasteful.
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Big Thanks to FEVER for talking to The Songbird xx
*all photos courtesy of Patrick Mateer