With the release of their first three albums, 2010’s Romanticism, 2012’s Revisionist and 2015’s Midnight Century, the Toronto-based post-punk act The Black Fever — Shoe (vocals, guitar), Pat Bramm (bass, vocals) and Dan Purpura (drums) — have established a sound that draws from Interpol, Joy Division, and The Cure with lead bass lines and propulsive drums paired with a focus on melody and concise songwriting.
Since their formation, the Canadian post-punk trio have received media coverage in outlets like The Toronto Star, Now Magazine, CHARTAttack, Exclaim!, and Scene Magazine and airplay on CBC Radio 1, campus radio stations across Canada and online radio stations across the world. Adding to a growing profile in their native Canada, the band has made the rounds of the Canadian festival circuit playing Canadian Music Week four times (2013, 2015, 2016, and 2019), NXNE three times (2012, 2014 and 2016), as well as the Hamilton Film and Music Festival.
The members of The Black Fever have managed to remain busy during the pandemic, writing and recording new material including their latest single “Nowhere,” which officially dropped yesterday. Centered around a sinuous bass line, Shoe’s plaintive vocals, angular guitar blasts and propulsive drumming, “Nowhere” finds the Canadian trio continuing their long-held reputation for crafting a sound that seemingly meshes elements of classic 4AD Records, The Cure and Interpol paired with enormous hooks and earnest, lived-in songwriting. As the band explains, the song was informed by and written about the troubles experienced by those in their generation: Economically, socially, politically, environmentally and even health-wise, people between their teens to their 40s are struggling under the weight of so much shitty stuff. And no one seems to have a solution besides the same old bullshit we’ve all heard before.