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Holy Fever - The Wreckage

by Nathan Fidler Rating:7 Release Date:2016-04-14

If you’ve been missing some of that raw energy in the pop-punk/garage-rock genre then Holy Fever might just have the remedy for you. The LA-based group’s debut, The Wreckage, is certainly designed to throw yourself around to - seemingly coming from nowhere.

There is a pedigree in the line-up, with a smattering of hardcore influences, which is why they sound like a mixture of The Hives and The Subways with added bottle-smashing. It’s quite clearly the drums which give this band a sense of purpose, with Andrew Black smashing and rifling his way through ‘Something’s Coming’ illustrating this point.

Todd Cooper and Samantha Barbera balance the vocals out nicely enough, but sometimes the sweetness of the latter feels a little lost in all the ruckus. ‘Find Your Fame’ however, doesn’t suffer from this problem, being the catchiest track on the album. A scuzzy riff, tumbled around and reinvented several times is stupidly simple, but this is what allows the song to arrow forward.

In fact, it’s that direct whip and brevity to the tracks which sets this album apart from anyone else trying their hand at such a noughties style. Punk, be it straight-up or infused with pop, hasn’t been the same for quite some time. Prying it out of the hands of those with vanity issues, Holy Fever trample everything - even if that is themselves from time to time, ‘Separate The Night’ being one such tumble into mediocrity.

Gang vocals haven’t sounded as good as they do on ‘Many Roads To Follow’ in quite some time, while ‘Duress’ offers the kind of hot riffs which people went mad for around the time of Jet. Filling out the album like a live set, the closing track ‘The Failure Card’ doesn’t quite pull-off the finale they’re after, but it’s not through a lack of heart.

Listening to this album you’ll know you’re listening to people who really just want to blast you away instead of preening for the magazines. Smattered with blemishes, this is by no means perfect, but it might just get you throwing yourself around like you used to.

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