Live: FEVER 333 // O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
Electrifying and energy-packed, FEVER 333’s demonstration shook up the whole of Kentish Town last week.
A light came on at O2 Forum Kentish Town illuminating a white sheet hung from the rigging obscuring the stage. The shadows of the members of FEVER 333 began to flicker and move inhumanely to the beat of Made An America before the curtain dropped for the vocals to kick in, as Jason jumped around the stage full of energy he kept up for the entire set.
A mixture of rap, post-hardcore and metal screams, the FEVER 333 music is phenomenal live. Guitars screeched alongside war like drums, demanding your attention. This is even more so when the members Jason, Stephen and Aric had an electrifying presence on stage. For a band made of only three members, their sound is incredibly dynamic. During the third song Out Of Control, Jason was already crowd surfing, all whilst screaming into the microphone, the lead wrapping around fans in the crowd.
At the show Jason tried to create a sense of community, a place where everyone felt welcome. Near the beginning of the set, he directed this particularly towards women. The band were joined on stage by NOVA TWINS for a mash-up of songs made up of Brain Stew by Green Day and excepts of California Love and Old Town Road.
Before Inglewood Jason talked about his son and how we are paving the way for the next generation. “We can do whatever we want and the results will be indebted to the youth. They will inhabit the earth when we are gone. So, today I pray that if for nothing else that we try a little bit harder tonight so that tomorrow is a little bit better, next week is a little bit better, next year is a little bit better.”
A crowd favourite, Walking In My Shoes opened the pits and the fans were wild. Jason also got a bit carried away himself when he swung his microphone so high in the air it got caught on the stage’s rigging and had to get it down after the stage had finished, to the amusement of the fans.
Climbing off the stage, walking along the barrier then through the stage up onto the balcony of The Forum, Jason performed a piano version of Am I Here? It was beautiful. His vocals were raw and you could hear the emotion in his voice, he clearly felt it a lot. Whilst he was performing, Stephen and Aric sat on the drum riser watching.
Since many people had been asking, Jason addressed the reason behind there being no support act for the gig. To put it shortly: “This industry will take from you emotionally, it will take from you physically, it will take from you mentally and it will not love you back the way you try to love it. We wanted to make sure we walk through the fire first. When we finally take a band out with us you can be sure that band is being paid fairly and treated fairly and have a fair opportunity on this stage.”
During one of the final songs Aric, the drummer picked up his whole cymbal stand, carried it onto the main stage still hitting it with a drumstick before giving it to Jason. Jason then proceeded to throw the massive metal piece of drum equipment at least six foot into the air and let it crash down onto the floor beside him.
The demonstration concluded with an incredible encore of We’re Coming In, The Innocent, and Hunting Season all of which the crowd were still full of energy for. FEVER 333’s show lived up to the expectation put upon them.
Photos: Dani Willgress