For the final instalment of our Artist Focus 2020, we’re finding out more about raucous alternative four-piece, FEVA. After cutting their teeth playing Newcastle’s underground gig circuit, FEVA’s reputation as one of the North East’s brightest new exports was solidified last September after their sold-out headline show at Newcastle’s Riverside.
Taken from their hotly anticipated debut E.P, the band’s latest offering, ‘We’re Not Defective’ is full to the brim with jarring guitar tones and punchy vocals that compliment a heavy lyrical message. 2020 is off to a flying start for the band and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. We caught up with frontman Sam to gain an insight into their plans for the new year.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Intense, rambunctious, vehement.
Who or what has influenced your sound the most?
I’d say our core sound is definitely influenced by the likes of Audioslave, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Keys and IDLES. We just love big tunes that have energy and passion, regardless of the genre. Our influences do change however, new songs and new bands are always coming out and making you think about what you want to write. In particular, Fontaines D.C have got us all pretty obsessed at the moment. That may not be too original, but they’re pretty undeniable.
What is your favourite song to play live at the moment?
Personally, I love to play songs where I don’t play guitar and I can get off stage and get amongst it a bit. We always love playing fan favourites such as ‘Blind’, ‘Waiting Room’ and ‘Undone’. It’s particularly pleasing to play new songs and we’ve got a few of them coming through at the moment, including a bit of a heart breaker which we’ve been working on for some time.