With the perfect mix of melody, aggression, and energy, Portland, Oregon’s FeverSleep land somewhere between the worlds of punk and grunge–if genres are your thing. But, this is no rehash of a bygone era. These well-seasoned musicians pull from a diverse array of influences to create something fresh but just familiar enough to feel like you’re welcoming an old friend.
Consisting of former members of Young Livers, Dikembe, and Lock and Key, FeverSleep’s debut self-titled EP is characterized by its ferocious thrum of overdriven bass, prowling riffs, and soaring melodies rounded out with a touch of melancholy. Imagine a more melodic Helmet or a more aggressive Sonic Youth, buoyed throughout by a driving wall of noise and haunting choruses reminiscent of Dinosaur Jr. and Constantines. Finally, they throw in some DC-influenced energy and vigor for good measure.
According to the band, the EP’s first single, “Reckless Engineers,” is “About playing repetitive memories or thoughts over and over in your head at a deafening volume.” Stream the new single below.
The EP was written and recorded in guitarist Mike Vera’s own space—Brown Sound Studios. Thematically, the music and lyrics offer a glimpse into a year of maddening isolation, restless monotony, and persistent anxiety. FeverSleep’s debut is a new venture for these established musicians, who work from a blend of musical backgrounds, from power-pop, hardcore punk, emo, and… one of the members plays in two death metal bands? These varied influences all come together to create a powerful, unique, and impactful collection of songs. If FeverSleep had been around for MTV’s ’90s heyday, they would have felt perfectly at home as part of their now-iconic Sunday night program, 120 Minutes.
The EP drops on October 18 via Thirty Something Records and Ashtray Monument Collective.