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Austin-Based Go Fever Releases Hot New EP “Daydream Hawker”

27 Feb

Go Fever is an Austin-based indie pop-rock band. They play with a confidence and attitude that likely comes from their current home in Texas, as well as the Australian upbringing of lead singer-songwriter, Acey Monaro. Following their self-titled debut in 2017, the band is back with a new five-song EP called Daydream Hawker.

Go Fever’s sound has none of the twang that sometimes is associated with other Austin bands. Instead, prepare yourself for accomplished guitar work, toe-tapping melodies and big vocals, with smart lyrics that pull no punches and offer wry observations in looking at life and relationships. The band has also incorporated more keyboards into this EP, and it really works.

I had the privilege of reviewing Go Fever’s first release two years ago, and I have to say, I think this packs almost as much power into half the number of tracks. It’s consistently excellent throughout — no wonder Daydream Hawker is quickly moving up the college charts!

Track highlights: Right off the top, “Olivia” is a fantastic track. The upbeat, jangly pop-rock is bright, melodic and memorable — one of the highlights of the set.

Track 2 actually edges a bit toward New Wave. (I told you that Go Fever isn’t your typical Austin band.) This is essentially the title track, with a reference to “a main street girl, a daydream hawker.” The palm-muted guitar, keyboards and edgy guitar solos make for a great sound.

Jumping ahead to the fourth song, “Say the Word” is smooth and satisfying synth pop-rock, with guitar trappings and a tumbling drum line.

The album closes with another standout, “KOTRA” — which is an acronym in this case for King of the Roadside Attractions. It’s straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll, with a perfect mix of guitars and synth, and great piano playing reminiscent of Jerry Lee Lewis — giving the track a hint of a throwback sound to the early to mid 60s (while remaining fresh for today).

Overall, another great release from a really strong, upcoming band. Don’t miss Go Fever’s Daydream Hawker.”


Austin-via-Australia Band, Go Fever, Releases an Impressive Debut

14 Jun

Acey Monaro, lead singer-songwriter of new wave indie rock band, Go Fever, has taken a roundabout way to become part of the dynamic Austin music scene.

Raised in rural Australia, Monaro dropped out of school at 14, left home shortly thereafter, and a few years later, married a much older man. By age 26, that relationship had ended, and Monaro refocused on music as her muse — writing songs and performing as a solo artist in Sydney.

On a vacation to the States, she visited Austin, and fell in love not only with its music, but also with one of its musicians, a bass player named Ben Burdick, who would become part of her new band. That decided it. She made the move to Texas permanent, recruited several more players to join her and Burdick, and began working on songs that would comprise Go Fever’s self-titled debut album.

Go Fever is a ten-song set of catchy new wave pop, with a solid alt-rock foundation and a bit of a throwback feeling to some of the tracks. Monaro’s vocals are infused with her distinctive Aussie accent, which brings to mind fellow Aussie, Courtney Barnett, as well as American vocalist, Angel Olsen, and bands such as Tennis and La Sera. Her lyrics are bold and can be irreverent at times, with the occasional word that can’t be played on the radio (unfortunately, including in the catchy, Elvis Costello-like “United States of my Mind”). The musicianship is exceptional throughout the album.

Track highlights: The first track on Go Fever is the melodic alt-rock standout, “Come Undone.” A road trip rhythm gives it a high-energy pace while Monaro effortlessly sings the vocals over piano, guitar and the occasional synth swoosh.

“Folk Zero” starts slowly over strummed electric guitars. Organ and guitar stingers build toward a big stadium rock sound by the end.

Even though Go Fever is landlocked in the heart of Texas, it doesn’t mean that the band can’t handle a little surf rock on “Savannah,” a song with a definite old-timey feel complete with a Clarence Clemons-ish saxophone solo near the trail-out.

Finally, on the second-to-last track, “Surprise! I Never Loved You,” the band travels back even further in time to belt out a sassy 60s girl-rock number, with fun lyrics and rich harmonies.

Go Fever is earning positive notices from critics and fans — helped by recent appearances at SXSW and other high-profile events. The band seems to have a lot of upside potential.