LIVE REVIEW: Fever 333 @ Academy 2, Manchester (03/11/2019)

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Date: November 3rd, 2019
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Support: N/A


Ever the activists and advocates for change, outspoken rap-infused hardcore trio Fever 333 are never afraid to make a statement on social and political topics and issues the world over, something that was evidenced in spades across this year’s debut LP, ‘Strength In Numb333rs’.

The rising three-piece aren’t afraid to speak out and act upon the injustices and flaws they see within the music industry either, something they’re well versed in having clocked many years of experience in their other former and current outlets (letlive., The Chariot, Night Verses, Pressure Cracks).

Not willing to put other bands at potential risk financially, mentally and otherwise, and also wanting to prove the system can change whilst also experiencing their worth, the Californians have instead opted to go without any support acts on this headline run. That’s right, Fever 333 [9] are taking this stint completely solo, giving a couple of hours after the venue’s listed door times for the room to fill out.

Covered by a blank white veil, their shadowed figures display as the police light-esque flashing of blue and red shine behind them, and when it drops the three members burst with more energy than the biggest firework you could find. Frontman Jason Aalon Butler keeps up his reputation as one of the most erratic frontmen in the scene, pacing across the stage whilst intensely screaming. Guitarist Stephen Harrison isn’t much different – it’s sensible to question how he’s delivering crunching chords and riffs whilst also swinging his guitar around his body at any given opportunity, but he’s doing it.

The opening one-two of ‘Made An America’ and ‘Only One’ ignites the fuse in the audience to go almost as crazy as their three idols onstage, and later cuts ‘Animal’ and ‘Trigger’ just showcases that the band aren’t willing to let the intensity to lag for too long. Of course, there are moments for the room to breathe a bit; ‘Inglewood’ is as close as Fever 333 get to writing a ballad, and Butler makes his way to the sound desk near the back to perform a stripped down rendition of ‘Am I Here?’. At one point he stops playing the keys, and it’s a truly hair-raising and goosebump-inducing moment as the voices across the room overpower him.

Butler certainly maintains his reputation and stature as one of rock’s most engaging and captivating frontmen, something he built during his letlive. days and only continues to solidify. The man bellows of the importance and respect we must all have for women ahead of ‘One Of Us’, how butting heads and not having a discussion is counter-productive in the current political climate before ‘Out Of Control’, and would it be a Fever 333 show if he didn’t climb around the venue and jump into the crowd from a high height? Well, that’s exactly what happened during ‘The Innocent’.

The band throw in an unexpected mash-up around a cover of Green Day‘s 1996 single ‘Brain Stew’, including a verse of ‘California Love’ by 2pac and recent viral sensation ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X, but the crunching closer of ‘Hunting Season’, which even has drummer Aric Improta get out from behind the kit to pounce off of the stage speakers, ensures that Fever 333‘s ever esteemed reputation as one of the best live acts out there today remains not only safe, but stronger than ever.