As one of the forerunning candidates for the best indie band to spawn from the Wichita area in the past year, The Fever Trend has impressively made a name for themselves in a short amount of time. Forming in early 2011, the group has swiftly composed a pair of rough cut songs for their upcoming EP arriving before the year concludes. The demo, made up of two tracks recorded toward the end of the summer of 2011, has a definitive indie-pop sheen layered with several influences throughout the genre. With the prominent and slick bass lines and groovy guitar licks paired with mellow drumming, there is a definite air of Minus the Bear and Phoenix within it. Luckily for The Fever Trend, however, they pull from these influences while still remaining entirely unique and entertaining.
“A Quiet Place”, the opener for the demo, immediately introduces the group’s infatuation with synth that remains a cornerstone in the track’s alluring makeup. As opposed to several popular methods of drowning a song in synth and keyboards, The Fever Trend chooses to use it to accentuate the mood of the song, rather than muddy it up. Carlos Malache, on guitar and vocals, draws from the group’s energetic music to tie each song together with a fairly mellow, but still effective, vocal style. “Too Good” opts for a more fast-paced approach with a chorus that’s sure to please a live crowd and a rhythm that allows Jason Snavely to really let loose on the drums.
The only true gripe to be found in the group is something that almost all local bands have trouble with – writing. While it doesn’t completely sink the album (or even come close), the simplistic and sometimes forgettable lyricism of the songs can be a distraction from the fantastic musicianship and pure fun of it all. It is no serious nail in the coffin at this point in their career, but with a bit of polishing in the writing department the group would have significant potential, which should be capitalized upon, not wasted.
For a demo composed of merely two tracks, it certainly says quite a bit about the band. In just under ten minutes they establish their style, their strengths and their weaknesses. With obvious talent in the music department and an ear for what fires up a crowd, The Fever Trend are swiftly developing into one of the prime acts in southeast Kansas. It’s hard not to catch these guys doing their thing live with a fairly steady record of shows within or around the Wichita area with other local talent. For fans of local music in Kansas or for indie-pop/rock fans in general, The Fever Trend are a definite must-hear.