Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fever Charm Is Back On The Scene



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Fever Charm are strangely ageless. Their drummer is a freshman in college and the rest are seniors, but they’re not going to tell you that. They certainly don’t look or sound like seniors, and Ari Berl could be the youngest singer ever to actually sound younger than he is. So it’s only appropriate that Fever Charm should call their first recorded anything on over a year “Youth” and jam through it like a really awesome high school rock band. Over a vintage garage-rock 1-4-5 riff, the band members go apeshit: Ari Berl yells louder than he’s ever yelled before, Theo Quayle rips a massive guitar solo that sounds uncannily like the one in L7’s “Shove,” and for some bizarre reason a trumpet comes in towards the end. Scott Llamas’ production retains the clear but unpolished feel of their self-produced early singles. The lyrics are a bit vague, but there’s no denying the power in that “Wild Thing” riff. It seems that no matter how many diplomas they receive or how many levels of the educational system they go through, they will remain forever young and ready to take on the world.

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