Photos and Review: Jake Previte
The Fever 333 played the famed Lost Horizon in Syracuse, NY Thursday October 4. It is hard to describe to someone who has not seen the Fever 333 live exactly what their stage show entails. It’s more than a concert. It can best be described as a powerful musical demonstration.
To provide some context, let’s start with the band’s resume. The Fever 333 is composed of Jason Butler from Letlive (singer), Stevis Harrison from The Chariot (guitar) and Aric Improta of Night Verses (percussion). They are the quintessential supergroup. If you have seen these musicians in their former bands, you would have a slight taste of what to expect.
To set the tone of the evening, the stage is draped in a white cloth with their logo on it. Silhouettes of the band can be seen through the curtain standing still and stoic. All the while the intro is playing in the background. A powerful statement indeed. And like a megaton bomb, lead singer Jason Butler explodes on the stage going right into the track “Burn It,” and then “We’re Coming In.” They have by far one of the most intense and energetic stage presence I have ever seen live. In my opinion, they are something to compare to the live performances by Dillinger Escape Plan. I don’t think Jason Butler ever stood still except to take a moment to thank the audience and to make sure everyone was having a good time. At one point, Butler stopped to speak to the crowd at the Lost to address how “as a society we need to stop fighting each other and to start listening to each other.” He even set aside his microphone and talked with fans one on one. This is something you don’t see many musicians do. He truly connects with the audience at an intensely intimate level.
After an evening of musical ferocity, mosh pits, crowd surfing, fans singing and screaming, The Fever 333’s demonstration in Syracuse ended with their hits “Walking in My Shoes,” and “Hunting Season.” My suggestion is that if you have not witnessed one of their demonstrations, make sure you get out and take part, you will not be disappointed.