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A simple plea, sung from the heart, Hull’s finest five-piece, FEVER, release their soul-nourishing single Honesty.

Throughout lockdown, one of the most engaging, entertaining artists on social media, playing lockdown sessions and more, have been Hull’s FEVER. Now they’re back with the full release of live favourite Honesty, and we’re already hooked over at H2NHQ!

January saw the five-piece release stomper Money Love, which has been played on multiple occasions on the Halfway 2 Nowhere Radio Show, but Honesty takes things back a notch; it’s a raw, honest (sorry) track, that strips the band back to basics in a beautiful way.

As the team at One Great Song note in their review, it’s clear to see that the band have been on the road with Blossoms recently, as the production of Honesty is tight and clean, much like any release from the north-west artist. Gone is the grit, and the Yorkshire sound; this new one is commercial, and is the song that radio stations nationwide will be picking up.

Having a chorus or two in a live set is an absolute must nowadays, and with Honesty, FEVER have delivered the chorus of 2020. This is categorically an indie-anthem in waiting; without any doubt, the most assured release from the band so far, and a real platform to go and achieve big things in 2021.

Of Honesty’s origins and inspirations, Harrod, says: “‘Honesty’ is a song about being at the make or break point with someone you like. It’s saying we could keep on playing these games with each other or we can just be honest and see what happens.”

I’ve missed festivals and live music more than anyone this summer, and Honesty takes me back to the first time I discovered the Hull five-piece; in a nostalgic, but kinda saddening way, this is the song that I’ve needed this September as a real nod to next year’s live music. Great job all round from the FEVER lads; I had them on my radio show earlier in the month, you can hear their words on the track by listening back.

Looking forward to a livelier 2021 when they can get back to doing what they do best, Fever have announced the following tour dates, with more to follow:

Fri 5 March: Manchester Gorilla (supporting Pacific)

Wed 17 March: Lincoln Engine Shed (supporting Blossoms)

Fri 19 March: Stoke Victoria Hall (supporting Blossoms)

Sat 20 March: Leicester O2 Academy (supporting Blossoms rescheduled dates)

Sun 21 March: Cambridge Junction (supporting Blossoms rescheduled dates)

Mon 29 March: London O2 Forum Kentish Town (supporting Blossoms rescheduled dates)

Fever are Harrod, Mitchell Capes, Charley May, Joe Gray and Sam Howell. Formed in 2019, this five-piece are the latest cultural ambassadors flying the flag for the city of Hull.

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