Fresh from their support slot with The Fratellis, Hull indie pop quintet Fever are delighted to return with their latest single ‘Gold Intentions’
Gold Intentions is the bands first single of 2022, and was released on the 14th April 2022 via Blossoms’ label Very Clever Records.
After a very promising 2021 which saw the band complete their first headline tour of the UK, supporting Blossoms, and notch up several festival appearances and two monumental hometown sell out shows, this latest track sets the tone for another exciting year for the fast-rising Hull five-piece band.
Lead singer James Harrod says of the new single;
“I was inspired to write ‘Gold Intentions’ while watching the first scene of Pulp Fiction where Honey Bunny and Pumpkin hold up the restaurant. It led me to think about fugitive romances like Bonnie & Clyde. I decided I wanted to write a song about the internal love and conflict that I’d imagine would be felt while on the run with your other half.”
Regularly drawing from real life experiences and local stories in their songwriting, Harrod and Capes are childhood friends whose shared love of guitar lessons saw them quickly bond and form a lasting friendship based on music. The rest of the band are journeymen of the local scene, who have formed the backbones and rhythm sections of various Hull bands over the years.Fever’s last two singles, ‘Time Will Define’ and ‘My Imagination’, caught the attention of multiple editorial playlists, including Amazon Music’s Best New Bands, Apple Music’s Best in Rock and Best in Alternative and YouTube’s New in Alternative.
The lads have also garnered the support of Radio X (Gordon Smart, John Kennedy), BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins), Amazing Radio (Shell Zenner, Charlie Ashcroft) and XS Manchester (Jim Salveson), and were the first band to play Hull Bonus Arena since it reopened following COVID restrictions.
So what did we make of the new single…..
Jangly guitars. Big drums. Analogue synth leads.
Fever, you’re spoiling me!
The thing I like about this song is the upbeat melody but in a completely opposite direction the negativity in the lyrics. The chorus is so catchy, and while I’m enjoying my morning cuppa it’s really making me think about how much it’s going to get stuck in my head for the day.
Production wise it’s big. Big snare, big toms. The arrangement is tight and there’s a section at 2:04 which is a lovely middle 8 in a major key (It’s in a minor key for the majority of the song) before the guitars play a nice little solo…
The last chorus is performed with an energy that makes me punch the air in triumph.
Well… this song had a lot of energy.
And guess it what?
It was worth it. Great work lads!
Coming from the land of Hull, and following on from a musical tradition built on by badass songwriter Rod Temperton, The Housemartins, and Uber producer Johnny Douglas.. good things can come from that tiny little fishing town.
As well as the new single release the band are also pleased to announce a clutch of live shows for 2022 including an appearance at Great Escape Festival, with further dates TBA (see below for full listings).
Fever 2022 Live Dates:
24.04.22 – Glasgow – Oran Mor (supporting Red Rum Club)
25.04.22 – Edinburgh – Caves (supporting Red Rum Club)
26.04.22 – Sheffield – Leadmill (supporting Red Rum Club)
27.04.22 – Leeds – University Stylus (supporting Red Rum Club)
02.05.22 – London – Scala (supporting Red Rum Club)
11—14.05.22 – Brighton – The Great Escape
29.07.22 – Blackpool – Bootleg Socials (supporting The K’s as part of Independent Venue Week)
Words and review by Sally Newman and Del Osei-Owusu