After the demise of letlive. in 2017 it was inconceivable that talismanic frontman Jason Aalon Butler would simply put his feet up and slip into the quiet life. Luckily that was the furthest thing from his mind when he joined up with ex-The Chariot guitarist Stevis Harrison and Night Verses drummer Aric Improta and flew out of the back of a truck in a donut shop parking lot last year debuting a new project entitled Fever 333.
Since that debut the band have drip fed tracks in the form of last years Made An America EP and recent single ‘Trigger’ and are now on the cusp of releasing their debut album Strength In Numb333rs. The album moves between multiple genres with consummate ease, rock, metal, hip-hop, drum n’ bass, post-hardcore and good old fashioned punk. As a collection the album feels like a kinetic mass of fury, the energy burns from each of the tracks. Band touchstones would be Korn, Linkin Park at their heaviest but most of all, the album encapsulates everything Rage Against The Machine did back in 1992 on their debut record.
Butler bellows “You’re not the only one that feels like the only one” on ‘Animal’ and the record feels like the band are talking with the listener rather than at the listener. Fever 333’s ‘agenda’ if you want to call it that is to get the people of the world, up off their backsides, their faces from their phones and to converse, stand up for what is right and to know that with a little bit of challenging the status quo, change can happen. There are a few curveballs in the ingredients of this album. ‘Inglewood’ is a surprisingly diverse seven minute epic with Butler spinning a tale of living in the area, with a syrupy vocal that crashes into an epic and frenetic finale.
With the touchstone being that debut Rage Against The Machine record, the urgency felt in Butlers lyrics and vocals and the rest of the power trio laying down a bedrock of rhythm behind him, shows that this album is an album for the here and now. 2019 is theirs for the taking, as they say a fever is coming, one with no known cure. Get sick.