Artist: The Scarlet Fever
Genre: Gothic Rock / Post-Punk
Released: 29th January 2015
01. Forever Late
03. Sea Of Mercury
06. Waiting Room
07. Are You For Real?
08. The Chauffeur [Duran Duran Cover]
09. Laugh Like Hell
10. Dead Pan Dan
11. Claim To Fame
The Scarlet Fever is a band from Toronto, Canada which fuses post-punk elements with a hint of indie rock. Their vocalist, Jay Draper kindly sent me a download link for the album.
This is one of those albums that I enjoyed more and more every time I listened to it. Throughout the album there are definite synthpop and new wave elements similar to Depeche Mode and Duran Duran, combined with post-punk sounds of bands such as Virgin Prunes and Sex Gang Children.
My favourite tracks, Chrysalis and Laugh Like Hell, include catchy synth elements through use of synthesizers and prominent bass guitar riffs, accompanied by catchy guitarwork and lyrics. I also really enjoyed their excellent cover of Duran Duran’s The Chauffeur, which rejuvenates the classic song while keeping true to the original Gothic and sensual tone. Many of their songs have more of a darkened alternative rock vibe to them, with Sea Of Mercury and Dead Pan Dan being my favourite of these.
While this album definitely has a Gothic feel to it, I feel like it is mellow enough to be enjoyed by mainstream alternative rock fans as well. This could be a great bridging band for those who are looking to explore darker music for the first time but is also a great listen for long-term Gothic rock fans.
Here is their recently released video for Sea Of Mercury:
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