Monday, March 25, 2013
It's Thee Mighty Fevers!
Credit Mr. Greg Mongroll, Faster & Louder's head talent scout, for this tremendous find. He posted a song from Thee Mighty Fevers on my Facebook wall a few weeks back. My immediate reaction was, "Holy shit! Did Teengenerate get back together?!" And this was before I even knew they were from Japan! Needless to say, I was blown away. Sure enough there have been quite a few Japanese garage-punk bands on the scene in recent years. However, it's been quite a while since I've heard one that was legitimately at the exalted level of Teengenerate or early Registrators. But Thee Mighty Fevers out of Kobe have stepped up as true heirs to the throne. Their debut LP is out on the venerable Dead Beat Records, and you can catch a four-song preview on their Bandcamp page.
Kicking up a crackling, warp-speed variation on '70s American punk, Thee Mighty Fevers take me back to the days when garage-punk was king. The way they describe themselves pretty much says it all: "Fully fledged musicians creating sounds to get the blood pumping. Simple, fast, Rock'n'Roll... Endless freedom." How awesome is that band bio?! Who can't get behind endless freedom?! Fuck'in Great RnR is the title of the LP, and I'd call that truth in advertising for sure! Songs like "Bad Party" and "High-school Riot" are everything punk music should be: fast, wild rock n' roll delivered recklessly and furiously. These guys tear through every frenzied note as if their lives depended on it. They've got a raw, tough sound with killer songs to boot! Back in the day, they totally could have had a record on Crypt or Rip Off Records. Thankfully we still have great labels like Dead Beat that know true greatness when they hear it. And while you wait expectantly for the LP to show up in the mail, you can stream the band's first EP in its entirety. If these guys don't get your juices flowing, it might be time for you to switch to "adult alternative".