FEVER // ‘International Dream’

Words: Gabrielle White / @gabrielleblanche

  • FEVER have released their newest single ‘International Dream’.
  • ‘International Dream’ presents itself as a genuine, heartfelt indie anthem that could only be made in the north.
  • FFO: Planet, Foals & Blossoms.

Hailing from Hull, five-piece indie-rock collective FEVER hold that unmistakably genuine-quality of a Northern-born indie band. After the unfortunate halt to their career-changing tour supporting Blossoms last year, the quintet had time to adapt to the new world and write their self-described “best material… as a band to date”, culminating in their latest release and fan-favourite ‘International Dream’. FEVER present us with a swoony alt-ballad, with dreamy guitars and gently rising vocals. ‘International Dream’ is the indie slow-dance anthem I’ve been waiting for. Although you can hear the classic tones of early-mid 2000’s indie-rock favourites, there’s something genuine and singular about the track. They’re not trying to be anyone else. There’s an effortless, heartfelt and hopeful quality to the music that northern bands seem to do oh-so well.

Above: Release artwork for ‘International Dream’, Very Clever Records (2021)

Lead singer James Harrod describes the tune as: “A song about trying to convince someone that they don’t need to conform and follow the crowd like everyone else, but simply stay true to themselves”. Already pulling in radio play from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins (BBC Radio 6) and John Kennedy (Radio X), the fivesome are proving themselves to be the new indie-darlings on the scene. FEVER’s support tour with Blossoms has been rescheduled to August & September of this year, but in the meantime the group have certainly settled into their groove of isolation creation and I personally can’t wait to hear what they do next.