ARTIST: FEVER 333
TITLE: STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS
LABEL: ROADRUNNER RECORDS/333 WRECKORDS CREW
WORDS: JOE SELLERS
If the last EP – ‘MADE AN AMERICA’, and the recently released single ‘BURN IT’ were anything to make a prediction from, everyone had high expectations for Fever 333’s debut LP. ‘STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS’ starts as it means to go on, and after an inspiring intro, is led by the latest scorching single ‘BURN IT’. If you’re not familiar with the song yet, then go and get familiar with it now.
The video set the scene and style for the album just as well as the song did – wild and passionate almost mocking the police brutality, and their anarchistic aesthetic that overflows onto their website that includes “supplies” of 333 branded megaphones, spray paint stencils and balaclavas. From there the album goes from strength to strength. ‘BURN IT’ as a song and the new video for it are perfect examples of how this album was going to continue.
Frontman Jason Butler has said before that he wants 333 to be the soundtrack to a revolution, and this album really feels like a step in that direction, and the relevance of this album is becoming more and more prominent daily worldwide. If you’re looking for music that means something, with a real movement behind it, this is most definitely an album you need to get your hands on.
“The album reveals a warm sense of feel good vengeance and coming together to actually make things better.”
The album isn’t just power and rage, it’s about unity. Butler has spoken about the 3 C’s that represent what the band are fighting for: COMMUNITY, CHARITY AND CHANGE. The album reveals a warm sense of feel good vengeance and coming together to actually make things better.
Any band doing anything remotely political now (especially nearer heavier genres) are always at risk of getting compared to likes of their successors on the scene, but ‘STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS’ has shown that Fever 333 are at no risk of that. They’ve made something that’s completely their own, and for everybody else at the same time.
The album is pleasantly unpredictable and the message is unavoidable; and in your face. The amount of genre crossovers seems never ending and you can never be sure what’s coming next – track to track or verse to chorus. The diversity in the album is genuinely incredible and leaves the music accessible to any type of music fan out there, deliberately contributing to the welcoming idea of unity and strength in numbers.
“There’s so much honesty, passion and anger that it’s almost frustrating to listen to at points, but impossible to turn off.”
Songs like ‘AM I HERE?’, ‘OUT OF CONTROL/3’ and ‘INGLEWOOD/3’ could easily be by different bands (or at least different albums), but somehow Fever 333 seamlessly stitch them together and make adventures out of the songs, as well as putting incredibly heavy and real messages behind all of them. Astoundingly dynamic and seemingly limitless vocals from Butler are now expected, and really compliment the continuously morphing backing, riffs and grooves from Aric Improta and Stephen Harrison. The whole album shows a black hole of depth in so many ways, from wonderfully told stories in the lyrics complementary to words of pure power and rage (as always, pummelled out by Butler).
There’s so much honesty, passion and anger that it’s almost frustrating to listen to at points, but impossible to turn off. The only downside that could possibly be found with this album is that if you don’t care for (very real, and relevant) political messages, you’re probably going to struggle!
‘STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS’ concludes with a weighty speech from Jason Butler that sums up the motive of the album perfectly. Fever 333 are boisterously demanding change with this album.
THERE’S A FEVER COMING!