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The Fever


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New York, United States (2001 – 2006)

The Fever was a dance punk band from New York, United States, formed in 2001.

In the spring of 2005 the Fever found themselves at a crossroads following the amicable departure of original guitarist Chris Sanchez. Frustrated by the sonic short-comings of their first album, the band was determined to press on into uncharted musical territory. Writing together as a tight four piece (Stapleton, Tzoulafis and Jasper have played together since high school) they spent the summer holed up in a rat infested Brooklyn basement meticulously constructing the songs that would make up In the City Of Sleep.

Suffering from bouts of insomnia lead singer Jasper came up with most of the records’ lyrics and concepts while wandering late into the night around his industrial neighborhood under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Infusing these dark urban surroundings of old gray factories, gentlemen’s clubs, and a decaying Navy Yard with a fevered imagination, Jaspers’ lyrics present a surreal parade of marginal characters who intermingle with the animal and insect kingdoms to create a romantic dream world where the childlike and the decadent mix. Visually these themes are reflected in his sprawling and hallucinatory album artwork which he describes as “Fellini and Lewis Carroll in Metropolis.”

Fever organ player J. Ruggiero, a recent medical school graduate and son of a doo wop singer, showcases his surgeons’ dexterity and musical ingenuity on instruments including: pump organ, xylophone, marimba, piano, and accordion. His ghostly theremin casts a sinister shadow over the psychedelic cabaret of “Waiting For The Centipede” while he becomes a one-man midway orchestra on the sepia stained melancholy of “Circus Girl”.


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