This release recently arrived at our headquarters, and the first thing I noticed is a unique mixture of music genres involved throughout the entire album. I was immediately interested in writing something about this release because I think it deserves as much exposure as possible. Fever Moon is a Tokyo-based music project by Jay Holmes, a multidisciplinary musician, singer, and songwriter. Since the late 2000s, Holmes has released several full-length albums, such as Time To Burn, Pissing On My Own Grave, FVRMN III, and Strange Piece Of Mine. There are also The Long Chains Of Love and Keepers Park, two new albums due for release on November 4th. Today, I will be talking about one of them.
Keepers Park carries eleven brand-new compositions suitable for any mood, moment, or situation. Fever Moon is a type of music project that appeals to the listening apparatus no matter which genre you prefer. There are plenty of them involved, and maybe indie rock comes to mind first because it is the most dominant one. You’ll probably notice how the mid to late-eighties indie music affected Fever Moon, but there are also elements of the late eighties and early nineties alternative and grunge scenes included in the mix. Still, that’s not all. Quite the contrary, you’ll also hear some similarities with eighties and nineties post-punk and punk rock music along the way. Some readers might think too many music genres are involved in the mix, but Fever Moon thought about it while assembling the entire album. Indie remains the primary sonic direction from scratch to finish, while other elements serve as more than necessary enhancements.
Each composition possesses a perfect structure built upon catchy arrangements, clever accentuations, and other decorations that define only the best indie rock releases. Jay Holmes knows how to assemble ear-appealing riffs, chord progressions, melodies, harmonies, and themes. His ideas shape the sound, while the remainder of the group contributes with massive, complex, warm-sounding basslines and profoundly dynamic rhythmic sequences. Those who demand close comparisons with other bands, think of something Superchunk, Husker Du, Sugar, Bob Mould, Soul Asylum, Social Distortion, and Sub Pop artists would eventually record at some point in their careers. Still, Fever Moon sounds like an upgraded version of the old-school indie music scene with much more brilliant ideas involved in the entire process. Keep your eyes peeled on “Keepers Park” because it sounds divine from beginning to end. The album is available for pre-order on Fever Moon’s Bandcamp page. Don’t miss it!