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      September 16, 2019

      Monday   8:45 PM

      18307 Egret Bay Boulevard
      Houston, Texas 77058

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      FEVER 333

      Rhymes and riffs incite more change than bullets and bombs ever could.Not long after the Vietnam War, Bad Brains rallied a Rastafarian punk spirit against the international blight of apartheid and the coked-out corporate greed synonymous with eighties America. Taking aim at endemic and institutional racism, Public Enemy spoke up against the Fear of a Black Planet only four months before Operation Desert Shield descended on the Middle East. Bringing blue brutality to the forefront of the zeitgeist, N.W.A. chanted Fuck Tha Police, and Body Count went primal on the whole program via Cop Killer. Rising from the same streets that gave the world Dr. Dre and eventually Kendrick Lamar, Fishbone tackled poverty and urged for social justice. The list of sonic rebels goes on and onIn 2018, the United States of America feels ripe for a musical uprising. Divided more than ever in its 242-year history over systemic issues of immigration, race, class warfare, inequality, and misogyny, the time for change is now. The band is Fever 333.Comprised of vocalist Jason Aalon Butler [ex-letlive.], drummer Aric Improta [Night Verses], and guitarist Stephen Harrison [ex-the Chariot], the Los Angeles trio lock and load gnashing guitars, guttural beats, and brazenly bold bars and then pull the trigger on a hard-hitting hybrid of hip-hop, punk, and activism.The movement is much greater than the music, exclaims Butler. The art is only a contingent piece. We want to make sure were just as involved in the activism and actual activation. By no means do we expect other artists to take on this task. Most of the people who made big improvements were either assassinated or just called crazy. We make it ostensibly clear that everything we do is in an active effort for change. Its about bringing back that socio-political mindfulness. Were trying to write the soundtrack to the revolution that we know is about to happen.In the midst of Americas 2017 socio-political upheaval, the singera self-described bi-racial double agent whos got a black father and a white mothercould feel the weight of the divisions weve created because of race. After meeting Travis Barker of blink-182 by chance, he spent Super Bowl Sunday with the iconic drummer and mutual friend producer John Feldman. That day, this unholy triumvirates conversation inspired the songs that would eventually comprise Fever 333s 2018 debut.We started talking about black punk rock, he recalls. Punk rock and hip-hop are one-in-the-same. Theyre always flying the flag of channeling art from discord. Travis and John supported my desire to create something a little dangerous that was subservice: musically and in ethos. We opened the floodgates together.Around this time, the frontman made a conscious decision to disband letlive., which he founded 15 years before. Equally inspired by the teachings of Angela Davis and the words of hood prophets in his native Section 8 Inglewood, Butlers future agenda became etched in stone.I appreciate my accomplishments in letlive., he says. I wanted to move forward towards a very clear-cut and specific vision. Personally, artistically, mentally, emotionally, and politically, Im very radical, left-leaning, and unapologetic in what I believe. Thats the only way to accomplish anything, whether contemporary or long-term. letlive. had done what it was supposed to. It was time for a new era.Feverishly writing, each session yielded more tunes. Last summer, Fever 333 made their live debutquite appropriatelyon July 4, 2017. They hijacked the parking lot of infamous L.A. staple Randys Donuts (Notably, its a stones throw from South Central where the vocalist grew up). This Political Pool Party preceded the storm to come.Every element made a statementeven the lineup.Weve got a black guitar player, mixed race singer, and white drummer, he goes on. Theres a purpose.On their upcoming EP, that purpose can be felt loud and clear. Fittingly, their sonic declaration of independence, Were Coming In, culminates on the sharp scream, Were coming in, motherfucker!Its about pulling the fuck up at The White House and having a discourse with our current administration and cabinet about how what theyre doing affects us, he sighs. The middle class will soon be eradicated. Were showing face in hopes to create an empathetic capsule.Hunting Season stands among a long lineage of anthems for people of color versus the authority and that vicious cycle. Made In America ignites a clarion call of buzzsaw riffing, a volley of vicious verses, and another powder keg chant.This countrys wealth and success were built on the backs of slaves, he sighs. Were all immigrants. Its about the fucking facts. The people in power benefit from that.Walking In My Shoes doesnt just title another banger; it serves as the banner for Fever 333s activism. The Walking In My Shoes Foundation will host speakers, launch art installations, promote storytellers, and benefit partner charities such as Downtown Los Angeles-based Inner City Arts, The ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, and more.In the end, the revolution truly starts with Fever 333.The Fever involves self-possessed autonomous human beings spreading an idea of understanding and empathy from one mind to another, he leaves off. Its infectious. Three is the magic number. The strongest shape in geometry is the triangle with its three points. C is the third letter in the alphabet. The Three Cs are Community, Charity, and Change. The people who want to invest in this are as fucking important as we are. By invest, I dont mean sales or awards; I mean success towards making this revolution a reality. Our generation has so much power. We have these systems in place that are completely fucked, but were up next. If we can rally together and cultivate this strength and solidarity, I believe we can be the change.

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