Maybe it’s largely down to the times that we live in; the social climate shifts, the political landscape and unrest, the apparent rise in global terrorism and corruption in establishments, but there seems to be the biggest rise and push of politically motivated and focused bands and acts that we’ve seen in years.
Banding together from lively and vigorous acts Night Verses and the now defunct letlive. and The Chariot, the trio unveiled themselves at a pop-up show from the back of a U-Haul truck in the car park (or, if you’re American, parking lot) of a donut shop in Inglewood, California on Independence Day last year and introduced themselves as The Fever 333, describing it as both a movement and an exhibition.
Less than a year later, the activist three-piece have surprise dropped their debut EP ‘Made An America’ out of nowhere, and, though certainly not unchartered territory by any means – ebbing and weaving throughout sounds from letlive., Stray From The Path, and Rage Against The Machine – its intent is clear and delivered.
The example that the EP sets and the messages that it broadcasts are undeniably important, relatable, and without question issues that are all too prevalent in today’s unstable climate, even if some of the ideas are repeated a few times. Oppression and abuse of power crops up in ‘Hunting Season’ and ‘Walking In My Shoes’, greed and profit is the banner that the trio hold high in ‘Soul’d Out’, and banding together against corruption and tyranny is what ‘We’re Coming In’ is all about. They’re points of conversation that we should all be aware and not make ourselves ignorant to.
The trio’s delivery throughout is bouncy and abrasive for the most part, with plenty of hooks thrown in there to drag into the thick of it. ‘POV’ is in-your-face, with vocalist Jason Aalon Butler‘We’re Coming In’, which hosts a wicked and thick tone in the riffs from guitarist Stephen Harrison, that the band’s hybrid of punk, hardcore, and hip-hop show their colours the brightest.
There’s a few lingering issues on the EP though, despite its merits. With the pedigree that forms this band, the velocity and vibrancy in its delivery doesn’t run parallel with a resume that lists both letlive. and The Chariot, and the feature of Yelawolf on ‘(The First Stone) Changes’ is incredibly disjointed and jarring.
For a short blast of upfront, engaging and politically driven music, there’s a lot worse out there right now than The Fever 333 (look no further than Prophets Of Rage), but what the true test of longevity will be is if they can bulk things up and stretch it across the space of a full-length.