In Fervor : Onward Downward

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Sell date: 1/2007
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Mfg's Catalog#: 5637330
CDC Part#: 467934
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 Notes & Reviews
 
In Fervor makes music. Onward Downward was recorded in New York City, in the borough of Brooklyn to be exact. In their delightfully filthy studio, packed with gear, complete with complimentary buckets of rain water from the less than trustworthy roof, In Fervor toiled, away from hipster hangouts and seducing trends as 2006 came and went. Two pints of blood, a gallon of sweat and forty thousand cups of green tea later, they emerged, pale and under-fed, with the thirteen songs collectively known as Onward Downward. In Fervor makes music. It is music with the intensity of Black Sabbath, the raw emotion of Nirvana and the lyrical earnestness and depth of Nick Cave. It is music, further, that seemingly does not attempt to be anything other than what it is, created as if for it's own sake, charting a course dictated by nothing other than itself, without pretense. What is discovered and unearthed here is limited only by the audience's willingness to not only hear, but listen. And listening, the audience will discover music crafted with passion, layered with roaring emotion and whispered sentiment, created in such a way that each time listening is like the first, a step into ever different waters. Onward Downward is the title of In Fervor's latest trip, simultaneously unique and familiar, personal and universal, with thirteen embedded journeys, each in their own right, each as part of the whole. The searing opener of Ground to Air pushes forward and pulls us in like one in search of an answer to an urgent question, through lonely valleys and mountainous highs like the whole album itself. We encounter the musical expression of a lyrical tangle of loss, overcoming, resolve, doubt, anger, fear, sorrow, strength, and triumph. From the acoustic guitar and cello drawn sympathetic strains of Jesus, to the mournful In The Spirit Of Self Sufficiency that feverishly climaxes as if every last drop of frustration is being wrenched and squeezed until, collapsed and exhausted, nothing is left; from the churchbell crossfade opening of the beautiful voice-driven Seething, to the crushing and triumphant return in Same Waters Twice, In Fervor offers a rigorously honest and refreshingly complex musical maze, without terminus, solution, resolution. It is a sphinx without a riddle, a mischievous collection of clues with no crime, always affording discovery and rediscovery. Onward Downward will stand the test of time because it stays true to it's belief in rock and roll and refuses to treat listeners as anything other than a fellow travelers on journeys of their own; travelers willing to cross paths with others and, if only for a moment, share a joy or a sorrow, an emotion or thought. In Fervor does not want fans of something called a product or observers of a show, but to evoke engagement with the listener. Tom Waits once said that most musicians begin their careers doing poor impressions of other musicians, finding their own voice only over time; Onward Downward gives us a band that has already found their voice. This is not a young band with promise - it is already delivering. - Damian Treffs Something about this album feels incredibly familiar, like stepping into your favorite pair of jeans or, perhaps more appropriately, that flannel shirt in the back of your closet. In Fervor is nitty-gritty basement rock that sounds more '90s-alternative than most of what Brooklyn's been emitting these days. Like all grunge/post-grunge bands, the droning, rusty, and somewhat indecipherable vocals are depressive (though certainly cheerier than Alice in Chains) and blend effortlessly, in cloudy and sludgy precision, with guitar, bass, and drums. Metal and classic-rock influenced, guitar solos, subtle harmonies, and thoughtful lyrics provide Onward Downward with a certain seriousness. The songs aren't too formulaic, yet the album flows, from start to finish, in one long breath. 'Jesus' and 'Seething' involve acoustic guitars, while 'In The Spirit of Self-Sufficiency' and 'To No Avail' are hard-edged and powerful-reminiscent of the often overlooked Seattle band, S

 
 Tracks
 
Ground to Air
Lone Mind Don't Wait
Jesus
In the Spirit of Self Sufficiency
If / Then
For No Ears But Our Own
At Long Last
To No Avail
Foolish Nature
Another's Maze
In It's Own Right
Seething
Same Waters Twice