About Fever Train
Fever Train is a high-energy rock outfit based out of the New York Tri-State area. Their sound invokes a gritty, earthy, grunge-meets-jam-rock feel, with some added fuel and funk to get people moving.
The founding three members, vocalist/guitarist, Ryan Townsend; drummer, Suman Mitra; and bassist, Ryan Marks recorded the band’s first full-length, studio album, “Fever Train,” released in December 2009. Dan Griffith joined the band soon after as the lead guitarist and fourth member. Griffith’s colorful leads have allowed the band to successfully straddle the line between the rock and jam scenes.
Townsend, the band’s primary lyricist, crafts tales told in a rhythmic, full-throated language reminiscent of the 70s and 90s, yet based in grooves viable in today’s sound.
“There’s a rip in the norm,” a lyric taken from the track, “Listen,” perfectly describes this up-and-coming band’s distinguished style and proclivity toward musical fusion.
Marks’ bass, heavily influenced by the likes of Oteil Burbridge and Victor Wooten, combined with Mitra’s hard-hitting rhythms, suggestive of Carter Beuford and John Fishman, provide the life pulse of Fever Train. Griffith’s guitar playing toes a line between several musical styles with technical precision, casting a range of melodies over the band’s unyielding musical backdrop completed by Townsend’s acoustic guitar.
In 2010, the band took their energetic live experience to the people, relentlessly rocking venues throughout New York, New Jersey, and New England. They have shared the stage with artists such as, Donna Jean Godchaeux (Grateful Dead), Jeff Mattson (Dark Star Orchestra), The Meters Experience featuring Leo Nocentelli, Russell Batiste (Funky Meters, Vida Blue), Questlove (the Roots), Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic), The Heavy Pets, The Breakfast, Kung Fu, UMelt, Dangermuffin, Dopapod, The Brew, and a multitude of others at festivals such as “The Big Up.” Their music has been featured on Versus television network, and also in the feature film “Living Will.”
In 2011, Fever Train returned to Venture Studios in Brooklyn NY to record their first studio album as a four piece. They worked again with engineer, Dan Pfeffer, to create the four song EP, Tomorrow. This promises to be a big year for the band, opening shows all over the Northeast for national acts, as well as, headlining at clubs and festivals including “Rock ‘N Roll Resort,” “Strange Creek,” and “A Bear’s Picnic.”
The band also makes a habit of inviting other musicians on stage including Russell Batiste (who actually sat in on keys not drums!) Chris Plante of the Brew and Mike Sivilli of Dangermuffin. Check out videos of all these guest performances on Fever Train’s website.
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