Bill Fever Heats Things Up on New Album “III Weights”

Bill Fever is an independent British songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Bill Fever’s 3rd EP ‘III Weights’ was self-released on the 16th of December 2022. The 5-track EP was created in May 2022 as part of an Album Writing Club run by Brighton-based indie record label Lights & Lines. The challenge was to write and record an album or EP within the space of a month and this was the result. In July it was announced that the EP had won the Album Writing Club’s Judge’s Choice Award. The EP was written around the time of Mental Health Awareness week – Bill tackles the subject matters of anxiety, fear and depression. ‘Weights’ being a key idea/theme, looking at mental health being a weight that everyone has to carry.

‘I Could Be King’ the opening track to the new EP isn’t a commentary on the monarchy in the UK, but rather a look into the mindset of someone experiencing waves of doubts and fear about being worthy or good enough.

Heavily influenced by alternative guitar music of the 90’s and 00’s, Bill’s eclectic sound has been compared to QOTSA and Radiohead (New Music Saturday Podcast) with “a Jack White-esque freewheeling sound” (Northampton based blog New Boots Music) and songs such as ‘I Could Be King’ feature synthesizers and electronics “reminiscent of New Order and MGMT” (Marc Schuster, Abominations Blog) .

Having relocated from London to Kettering, his ambitions to form a new band in 2020 were thwarted by the pandemic. Deciding to carry on writing solo, he self-produced and recorded his debut 4-Track EP “Money Goes To Bloody Money” at his home studio in Northamptonshire. Bill sings and plays all instruments except drums, bringing in the remote talents of drummer Joe Montague.

Not afraid to approach big subject matters – there’s no escaping the politics in Bill’s music and he certainly doesn’t pull any punches with his first two EPs ‘Money Goes To Bloody Money’ & ‘A New Low’. BBC Radio Northampton Introducing DJ Kerrie Cosh said “I really love that about him as an artist, he often writes what he’s feeling about the political landscape… he doesn’t beat about the bush”. In August she made the song ‘Sleaze’ from his 2nd EP her Track of the Week saying “His instrumental skill is absolutely out of this world… that guitar riff alone has my heart”.

Last year the title song from his debut EP ‘Money Goes To Bloody Money’ opened the BBC Radio 6Music’s Introducing Mixtape and host Tom Robinson described it as “an amazing track” picking him as his Tip of the Week for local BBC Introducing shows.

Looking ahead into 2023, Bill is recruiting local musicians to take these songs to the stage and is working on what will become his debut album.

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