Buzz has been building for Milwaukee's Fever Marlene following the release of their debut album in June, airplay on commercial radio in Milwaukee and a performance at this year's Summerfest. Scott Starr and Kevin Dunphy have been playing together for quite some time, with earlier projects relocating them from the Midwest to Hollywood. Now based in Milwaukee, they've released Civil War on their own Rev Pop Records.
Judging by the recorded evidence offered on their album, recorded at E Labs Multimedia in Madison, one wouldn't necessarily realize the group was a duo. Full band arrangements grace many of the album's 13 tracks thanks to multi-instrumental abilities, occasional electronic drums and loops, and a bit of outside help on string arrangements by former Downtown Brown member Shauncey Ali.
While the duo may have scrapped previous band projects in favor of reinventing themselves as Fever Marlene, they did decide to bring along one song previously recorded during their L.A. incarnation, and it's easy to see why. "When Daniel Goodings Made It Rain" is one of the highlights of the album, and encapsulates many pieces of the group's sound. A solid backbeat ushers in falsetto vocals along with a burbling keyboard, which gives way to power chords, handclaps, stomping drums and hooks galore.
A MP3 of the track is available in the related downloads at right. Fever Marlene will be playing at Café Montmartre on Saturday, July 28, along with Lorenzo's Music and The Selfish Gene. More music by the Milwaukee duo is available on their MySpace page.
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