Lost Dawn - Fever
Lost Dawn are letting rip with a six-track mini album, the follow-up to their 2015 self-titled full-length debut. Written off the cuff Fever sees the band embark on a more experimental route with songs evolving in the studio during jamming sessions. Frontman Stanley Duke calls it “playing without thinking about whether something is in key, or in time, then pulling the madness together into a structure.” Surprisingly, it’s not a mish-mash of randomness but a very polished and tight production. The band formed as a two-piece - before two-pieces were hip. However, Duke and drummer Benjamin Woods recruited bassist Joel McConkey, allowing the trio to embark on musical paths not previously possible. Fever is the result. And it's good.
The band wriggled their way into the glam-rock subconscious last year but move away from the 1970's here, no doubt influenced by bassist McConkey. The EP opens with lead single ‘Electrify’, which punches near-perfect indie-rock tones. ‘Naked Lunch’ has a raw sound, earning comparisons to The Strokes’ early days. McConkey’s addition to the set-up is most evident in title track; the song hinges on his infectious riff, with Duke’s vocals resembling David Bowie, creating the release’s stand-out track. 'Construction Rock' oozes those Bolan-esque sounds of the Lost Dawn of 2015 while 'Rasputin' struts with cocky indie swagger. Fever is a new benchmark for Lost Dawn, signalling a hot 2016 for the Cornish trio.