COVERAGE BY: ALLEEN HUGHES
Never has a show made me more anxious than walking through the doors of the venue to see The Fever in their first “authorized” event as a band. Until this night the description of what The Fever is as been left pretty vague. Questions were answered but fans also left the venue with a whole set of new questions that eventually over time will be answered. It fell coincidence that this was one of the hottest nights in years in LA at a temp of over 100 degrees at 9 pm, perfectly suiting for a band who’s name is THE FEVER.
With a wild soul like Jason Butler, you never know what you’re in for. Was he going to come in through the ceiling or the possibility even came to mind that he was going to start up in the middle of the crowd to take everyone by surprise; but it was none of that. The lights went off, a projector lit up the white tarp and out walked each band member, hands behind their backs, black canvas bags over their heads and in jumpsuits with custom logos on their backs representing The Fever. The guys stood there in silence while audio played throughout the venue featuring excerpts from Charlie Chaplin and Donald Trump along wit messages of hate from KKK rallies and groups. Eventually it was just Butler standing solo on stage before the bag over his head came off, the tarp was ripped down and all hell broke loose.
After two back to back songs, jumps into the crowd and guitar flails, everyone needed to take a minute to catch their breath and Butler addressed the crowd. “Everyone has been asking what is The Fever, well tonight were going to tell you; we're going to show you. If you’ve ever felt like you needed somewhere to go, if you ever felt like you were misunderstood, if you ever felt like your life is compromised, or your mind has ever been compromised then The Fever is for you. The Fever is the opposition, The Fever is the resistance, The Fever is this right here tonight.” Although his brother is a cop, Butler later told the crowd that it was his bother who showed him there is a way forward.
Just when you expect to hear one specific sound out of The Fever, they would throw in a different twist. The first singles released from the trio are just the tip of the iceberg to the individuality in their music they have created with each other. Throwing in spurts of heavy bass, points of flowy rap lyrics and add catchy choruses, each song was different from the next, including a quick interlude where Butler and Improta had a duel off between beat boxing and drum solos. But the heart capturing moment came when Butler asked everyone to close their eyes while he asked fans to raise their hands if they could answer yes to any of these following questions:
-Have you ever felt like in this place you did not fit into the mold/society status quo?
-Have you ever felt like there was someone, authority, your own mind, a fellow friend around you is trying to keep you down and keep things away from you because of who you were and the things inside of you and for things you couldn’t change?
-Have you ever felt upset because the status quo did not allow you to be happy, do you ever feel pressured to be something you are not?
If you’ve ever seen letlive., The Chariot or Night Verses live you can probably picture what a wild performance this was. Band members were jumping off things and playing in the pit, Butler was sitting on the ledge of the balcony above the crowd, buckets with the number three on them where thrown into the crowd at one point and Aric jumped higher off his drum kit then anyone I’ve ever seen before but the moment that really shocked everyone was the special guest appearance from Travis Barker (Blink 182). Barker came out and blew their final song, “Hunting Season” out of the water while Aric pounded away on the 3 3 3 buckets.
As I said before questions were answered on this night but only to be replaced with more questions. But the ones that were answered were delivered through the feelings you got from the music and not so much actual direct answers. This night was about being a community, being the resistance and leaving there no longer the minority but the majority because “when we fight we are the majority,” as Butler put it. “This is The Fever, that feeling you had all night in your stomach that something was about to happen the whole time, thats The Fever. Make sure to let them know there is a fever coming.” -3 3 3
- Burn It
- We’re Comin In
- Walking In My Shoes
- Gods Of Resistance
- One Of Us
- End Game
- Hunting Season