Since October when we saw them open for Temples in Boulder Colorado, we have been telling you and everyone else we know about the LA band Fever The Ghost, so when we found out they were coming to Oklahoma to play at Wayne Coyne’s (Flaming Lips) Womb Gallery Christmas Party, we knew we had to be there.
Admittedly we were a bit nervous about talking to this spacy foursome, wondering if we would get a straight answer to any of our questions, finally after being moved around from 3 different tables in the restaurant we met them in , we were able to settle and talk.
I was seated between Casper ( lead singer/guitar) and Bobby ( keyboards ). Casper was polite and a bit timid, dispelling any pre-conceived notions I had of him maybe being a Hollywood wild child. Bobby was friendly and outgoing, instantly putting me at ease. Lizz and Deb set near Nick ( drums ) and Mason ( Bass ) and were quickly drawn into conversation with them. In fact as they ate their food, mostly salads and hamburgers, the conversation felt more like friends catching up on things than an actual interview, but over the course of an hour we were able to find out a few interesting things about our newest music obsession.
When we first saw Fever The Ghost in Boulder, Casper came out in a long hooded cape that completely covered his body, hiding his face and pale blue dyed hair, it was the one thing that caught my attention about them. I have a love of bands that “dress up”, KISS, MGMT, I could go on. With the help of his grandmother and his girlfriend ( I regret not getting her name as she deserves credit for her awesome work) and about 40.00 of fabric from Hancocks, they created the cape, proving that this bands creativity goes far beyond the instruments they play. In fact, the band seems to surround themselves with creative people, who travel with them.
They seemed to have really taken off as a band when they attended SXSW in 2014. It was there, that they caught both the attention of Sean Lennon and the UK record label, Heavenly Records. Lennon took them on tour afterwards and Heavenly gave them a record contract, sending them out to open for label mates Temples. It was also during this part of the conversation, that I found a kindred spirit in Bobby, we both had an arm full of festival and show wrist bands on, including the ones from SXSW in March.
While I spoke to Casper about the logistical nightmares of performing at SXSW, Lizz and Debs were being easily entertained by stories of Mason, Bobby, and Nicks more embarrassing songs listened to. Like most people, they are not easily embarrassed by the music they like and listen to, Bobby did mention he probably wouldn’t be putting his Billy Joel on at a party. They assured him, they saw nothing wrong with listening to Mr Joel during a party.
A few other facts the girls found out:
*Nick is a big Cursive fan, but like Bobby and Billy Joel, didn’t think it would go well at a party
*This wasn’t Nick’s first time in Oklahoma, he had relatives what had lived here and had visited
*Nick and Casper had both been in other bands before Fever The Ghost. Nick played in a hardcore/screamo band and Casper played drums for the Seems, a band fronted by Indio Downey
*Bobby helps his uncle collect beer cans. Not any old beer can tho, he collects ones from each state, and the beer has to be made in that state. ( Thanks to Nick he snagged an Oklahoma one ) So if you are ever at a Fever The Ghost concert with a state made beer in your hand, find Bobby, he may need it!
* The band practices at Bobby’s house, his mom always makes sure they have plenty of snacks during practice
*Casper doesn’t really consider the bands music Psych Rock, but that seems to be where they have been placed
* They spend some of their spare time watching You Tube cooking shows
Dinner was over. Mason I went outside to smoke a cigarette and I was finally able to ask some of the questions I was suppose to be asking…
WHEN YOU FIRST EMBARKED ON FEVER THE GHOST WAS IT A CONSCIENCE DECISION TO MAKE THIS ACID SPACE TYPE ROCK OR DID IT EVOLVE MORE ORGANICALLY?
Casper had about five songs that he had recorded and Nick had heard them. They started jamming with Bobby. I was the last one to join. It was definitely a vision Casper had, but I can guarantee you that he did not aim to write a particular style of music, he just wrote songs that came naturally to him and then it developed from there. We don’t really think about all that, because now we are venturing into other things. We just put two Abelton Rigs in the band so there’s like a lot of electronic shit going on and its all just tools to make what happens happen.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT HAD A LIVE FEVER THE GHOST EXPERIENCE, WHAT SHOULD THEY EXPECT
Nothing. They should have no expectations
HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR STYLE AND LOOK AS A BAND
That is just another thing that just happened through us going on our adventures and stuff. This band is really free and not tied to any particular scene and stuff. It is just whatever we find, with humor, with music, or with clothes, whatever. It is kind of all an amalgamation of things.
YOU WORKED WITH THE FLAMING LIPS ON THEIR NEW ALBUM, WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FWENDS. HOW DID YOU WORKING ON THE ALBUM COME ABOUT
Wayne sent me a two sentence text message that said can you do a Sgt Peppers cover and I didn’t even respond. I booked studio time and I went to these guys and said…”Wayne asked us to do a thing and we gotta do it” I had no idea we turned it in what would happen. I didn’t even really know if he meant Sgt Peppers the song, or a reprise, or a song from Sgt Peppers, we just happened to do Sgt Peppers, the first song and that is what he wanted. We did that in two days and turned it in to them and we showed up with Morgan Delt to do the tour and Steven was like ” Oh your version is so good” and Wayne came in and was like Oh we loved it. Then they took our version and the version Our Morning Jacket did and smashed it up and then right at the very end Wayne sent it back to us with it all mixed up and he was like..” Oh we got J Mascis to solo on the end” and I like lost my fucking shit because I am like a huge Dinosaur Jr fan. It was all pretty dream like. Where in a dream you just jump from one thing to another and it doesn’t really line up. It felt like that
BUT HOW DID WAYNE COME TO YOU? HAD HE SEEN YOU PERFORM? HAD HE HEARD YOU PERFORM?
Wayne just like saw us on Sean Lennon’s Instagram and hit us up on Instagram. I had done a couple of shows playing in another band that opened for The Lips and we exchanged numbers. He just hit me up about Fever without ever even seeing us and really probably ever really hearing us. He just like, hit us up to do it.
I KNOW YOU ARE WORKING ON YOUR FIRST FULL LENGTH ALBUM. CAN YOU GIVE US ANY HINTS ON WHAT WE CAN EXPECT TO HEAR
There is this company called Swell Swan that wont let me answer any questions reguarding the new album
BESIDES MUSIC, TELL US ANY SECRET TALENTS YOU MIGHT HAVE
Any of us? or just me?
ANY OF YOU IS FINE
Bob is like an incredible dancer. Insane fucking dancer. He is like, has the craziest fucking moves and he is also extremely good at advance mathematics. He continues to this day teaching himself math ( we asked Bobby about this later and he told us Math or Science would have been his college degree choice if he had not went into music )
THE MOST EMBARRASSING SONG ON YOUR IPOD
Embarrassing? I am not embarrassed by any of my music taste
GUILTY PLEASURE THEN?
Something I would not spin at a party for my friends is this song PonPonPon by a Japanese pop star named Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. I really like it a lot. Her songs are fucking genius and I like the production, they are always stuck in my head. ( Yes Mason, I agree, that song can get stuck in your head ) I really think that the old gray whistle test is like a really good way of measuring a song. If you can remember, like right now for instance, that is how I know Temples is a good band. Right now I am like ..( sings) Keep in the dark to stay out of the light. Like I know all their fucking songs. To me that is how I remember Beach Boys and others and that is how Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is.
Our time was up. The band had to go and prepare for the show they were about to play but we will be bringing you more of that in the coming days…..