Feature: GNE Artist Focus 2020 – FEVA


At Gigs North East, we’re kicking off 2020 by shining a light on the North East’s emerging talent. In the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring artists who have caught our attention with their distinctive sounds and who we’re excited to see progress in the coming year…

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.

What are you most excited for in 2020?

2020 is going to be our busiest year to date on both the release and touring front so it’s all very exciting to be honest. I’m particularly excited to be putting more new music out and showing a side to us that hasn’t been seen before.

What is the most memorable gig you’ve ever played?

Opening the main stages at This Is Tomorrow & Hit The North were pretty special, but our last headline show at Riverside was pretty surreal. Selling out Riverside was pretty special.

Who are your favourite artists from the North East at the moment?

Obviously The Pale White, Sam Fender, Demob Happy are the big guns out there at the moment. But there’s so much going on at the moment including Avalanche Party, Dylan Cartlidge, Motel Carnation, The Yada Yada Yada’s and Imogen. 



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