Saturday, April 02, 2016
Track Of The Day :: Holy Fever - Duress
Words: Sam Geary
‘Duress’ is the lead track from Los Angeles punk five-piece Holy Fever’s debut full-length ‘The Wreckage’, which the band will be self-releasing on April 8.
Comprised of members of underground punk favourites American Nightmare, The Hope Conspiracy, and The Explosion, and with crossover members of indie-pop band Beginners, Holy Fever’s sound feels recognizable, yet totally unexpected; filled with unlikely combinations, punctuated by surprising hooks which challenge punk convention.
'Duress' is a high octane two-and-a-half minutes marked by the dueling vocals of Todd Cooper and Samantha Barbera (also on bass), gritty guitar riffs from Neeraj Kane and Brian Masek, and Andrew Black’s explosive drumming.
“The sense of urgency and aggression in 'Duress' mimics the headspace we were in at the time we wrote it," explains Cooper. "We were toward the end of writing the record and simultaneously exhausted and filled with adrenaline as we started to see the finish line. Sam had this idea that the chorus would just be one note and the lyric would be one word. This is one of our favourites to play live.”