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TheBlackwaterFever79
Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 10:56:37 PM
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Brisbane's dark garage blues two piece, The Blackwater Fever have their debut album coming out Nov 22 on Plus One Records

It features some great special guests from the Australian music scene.

Samples of the LP up on our MySpace if you care to take a listen. A pre-order link is also available there:

http://www.myspace.com/theblackwaterfever
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Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 3:45:23 PM
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BREAKING NEWS!!!

The Blackwater Fever - Sweet Misery has now been released in Japan through P-Vine Records.

http://www.p-vine.com/artists/the-blackwater-fever
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Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2008 1:24:28 PM
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Pick up a copy of November's Tsunami Mag. The Blackwater Fever are on the front cover this issue. Plus feature interview!

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Damn fine work guys.
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Nice touch guys, very subtle!!! All the best Wazza.
TheBlackwaterFever79
Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2008 2:37:21 PM
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thanks fellas!

If your up late tonight tune into Triple J’s Roots ‘N All for our interview/live tune from 10pm!
TheBlackwaterFever79
Posted: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 2:45:27 PM
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Sweet Misery ‘Feature Album Of The Week’ on PBS 106.7 FM

The good people at PBS 106.7 FM in Melbourne have taken a liking to our new Sweet Misery album. Enough to make it their feature album this week!

Check it out here >>


Tune in to win yourself a copy of the album.
TheBlackwaterFever79
Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2008 1:50:09 PM
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4 REVIEWS OF THE BLACKWATER FEVER - SWEET MISERY


Time Off Magazine
THE BLACKWATER FEVER - Sweet Misery

(Plus One Records/Shock)

Brisbane’s own The Blackwater Fever are, unfortunately, always going to be a target for the Two-Piece Backlash – pretty much every duo since The White Stripes has had to deal with the stigma of not coming up with the one-guitar-vocals-drums first. Big whoop. Fact of the matter is two-pieces have to work harder than their larger counterparts to be both engaging for a crowd and to flesh out their songs, and Blackwater handle these tasks with bombast and aplomb. Kicking off with a Lanegan-esque intro before launching into thundering theme song ‘Blackwater’, Sweet Misery’s most obvious strong points are both its energy and gritty-yet-perfect production, while vocalist/guitar man Shane Hicks has a throaty roar and a guitar tone that’d make The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach shit. ‘Good Night Darling, Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Better Off Dead’ prove the fellas can handle the sultrier end of blues, as well as showing off Andrew Walter’s seismic drumming. The title track crops up at the end of “Side A”; a haunting country-flavoured tune laced with violin and wandering boldly into 16 Horsepower territory, before the second half of the album begins with a spaghetti western instrumental. And then it’s off again into the storm of floor tom beats that is ‘Lovesick’. Across much of the album there’s a dark river of vitriolic rock’n’roll; when it lets up for the sensitive stuff, such as ‘Red’, the grit doesn’t fade away, nor does Hicks’ voice fail to measure up. Forget preconceived ideas about what two people in a rock band can achieve: Sweet Misery can bury albums by bands with three times as many members. Rock’n’roll at its best.
4½ - 5 TAL WALLACE




Tsunami Magazine
THE BLACKWATER FEVER - Sweet Misery

(Plus One Records/Shock)

Too often, the blues is wheeled out like a dusty old museum piece. Someone, often a genteel white guy, will don a guitar, play a twelve bar progression with a technically proficient blues-wank solo, and say, ‘Look, this is where rock ‘n’ roll came from’. Often that person’s name is Eric Clapton, and he will say, ‘I was in Cream, remember; I used to be God’. But what the Claptons of the world forget is that blues is all about atmosphere and raw passion, and Tsunami favourites The Blackwater Fever have nailed both on their debut longplayer. With its vinyl crackle and staticy interjections of preachers and the like, ‘Sweet Misery’ sounds like The Blackwater Fever have trawled the mythic swamps of the Mississippi to find the music’s primordial essence, filtered it through a sieve of the Fat Possum Records back catalogue, and cooked it all up on an alternative rock griddle to create something that is truly their own. ‘Sweet Misery’ is that rarest of things: a tough, passionate garage blues album that is satisfying from beginning to end even after the umpteenth listen, with barnstorming rockers like ‘Blackwater’ and ‘Lovesick’ working perfectly alongside sludgy lurchers like ‘Good Night Darling, Sweet Dreams’ and the brooding slow-burn of the title track. It’s a song typical of the rough edges and simmering ambience of the album, as Shane Hicks’s gruff voice and guitar-picking ride Andrew Walter’s slithering cymbal rolls and the violin rasp of guest player Alex Archer (Kill Devil Hills) into a sweat-drenched, malarial dream of fuzzy guitar and elemental rhythms. The Blackwater Fever have seen where the blues began, they know where it’s been, and because they treat it like the breathing, dangerously-alive entity that it is, they are also part of where it’s going.
9/10 STROM




Scene Magazine
THE BLACKWATER FEVER - Sweet Misery

(Plus One Records/Shock)

Not for a while has an album title summed up the content so well. I always wondered if two-piece bands are only two-piece bands they have no other friends, but really, Brisbane boys The Blackwater Fever don’t need any other friends. And don’t be expecting no White Stripes imitation – this is dirty swamp slide-guitar blues, growling and barking at you, trying to bite your hand off as Shane Hicks warbles with a distinct Eddie Vedder vibe. You should be sweating heavily and drinking JD when you listen to this. I'm going to grab my twelve-bore and shoot me some alligators.
SKD




Rave Magazine
THE BLACKWATER FEVER - Sweet Misery
(Plus One Records/Shock)

A fair bit of sound coming from two blokes!
Local gents Shane Hicks and Andrew Walter are in keeping with the very popular roots music set-up of the last 10 years or so, operating as a guitar/drums power blues duo. Guitarist Hicks is also a suitably gravelly vocalist, while drummer Walters can lay down everything from old-fashioned garage kit thrashing to more minimalist, skeletal rhythms for the album’s darker, slower tracks. And, yes, if you like Black Keys, there are enough raw blues rock numbers to keep you satiated – so that’s a fuzz pedal tick of approval for Blackwater, Crawlin’ Skin and the barnstorming Lovesick. They are similarly adept at slower jams, like the churning Good Night Darling Sweet Dreams and the gothic, cello-enhanced ballad Sweet Misery. And while fans of other immensely successful two-piece roots rock outfits will find much to love here, The Blackwater Fever also possess an impressive sonic fullness, a dramatic cinematic sweep and even a dose of glam rock stomp to create what is ultimately a sound all their own.
3½ - 5 MATT THROWER
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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:35:02 PM
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The Blackwater Fever are hitting the road with Dallas Frasca in support of their new album Sweet Misery. Details Below.


Plus One Records Presents:
THE BLACKWATER FEVER- National tour Dates- Feb/ Mar 2009

* supporting DALLAS FRASCA


February

Fri 20- Espy Hotel, St Kilda VIC*

Fri 27- Rubys, Belgrave, VIC*

Sat 28- Peninsula Lounge, Moorooduc, VIC*


March

Fri 6- Council Club Hotel, Wangaratta. VIC*

Fri 6- Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
w/Texas Tea, Intercooler film side project + TBA

Sat 7- Venue TBC, Fitzroy, VIC
w/Texas Tea, The Blackwater Fever

Sat 7- The Pony, Melbourne, VIC
2am late show

Sun 8- National Hotel, Geelong VIC
w/Texas Tea, Intercooler film side project + TBA

Fri 13- The Basement, Canberra, ACT*

Sat 14- Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW*

Sun 15- Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW *

Thu 19- Bar on the Hill, Newcastle Uni, NSW *

Fri 20- Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW *

Sat 21-The Troubadour, Brisbane, QLD *

Fri 27- Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD *

Sat 28- Live @ Joes Eumundi, QLD*

www.myspace.com/theblackwaterfever
TheBlackwaterFever79
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MORE STRONG ALBUM AND LIVE REVIEWS


ReVerb Magazine
The Blackwater Fever – Sweet Misery


Debut CD for the Brisbane duo, and it is brimming with dirty, swampy blues. It is so raw at times you can hear the blood. Shane Hick’s vocals are perfect for this – gruff, nasty and full of dread, and with lyrics like “Late at night she will feed, and won’t rest till she’s picked my bones clean”, you better worry. ‘Blackwater’ races along behind the relentless stomp of the drums, and the guitar gets tortured to an itch of its life. But it is not all ‘in-your-face’. The title track smolders then burns under the duo’s weight. That said, it is when they kick the heifer in the arse with tracks like ‘Lovesick’ that The Blackwater Fever really shine (in a dirty way). 4/5 - Kevin Bull



BMA Magazine
The Blackwater Fever – Sweet Misery (+1 Recordings)


While most of us may view blues as one of those dusty old toys that you keep in the attic and only bring out long enough to show it off to your friends, The Blackwater Fever is a whole new breed. This two-piece band, originating in Brisbane, has struggled to the top with their new release, Sweet Misery, is unlikely to relinquish their root. Their gritty, garage blues sound is only enhanced by vocalist/guitarist Shane Hicks’ guttural and heartbroken howl.

The songs featured on Sweet Misery vary from upbeat blues-rock to the laid-back blues that started everything off. Such tracks as Back For You and Better Off Dead have that blues sound that is both disgruntled and filled such emotion that you can’t help but wonder what all of it is directed at. In contrast, songs such as Blackwater and Crawlin’ Skin bring you into the garage-blues that most defines Blackwater Fever. Upbeat and gritty, these songs pull the album together and show listeners that this band isn’t going to that crap from anyone.

The title track Sweet Misery has an eerie feel that is so dark and, or a lack of a better word, visual, that you feel as though you yourself have travelled down some back road and found yourself is a shanty town built up years ago and long forgotten. Their song Lovesick is easily noted as either a respectful nod to their predecessors the White Stripes, or a blatant backhanded slap to the two-piece replicas that can’t seem to come up with an original thought of their own. Regardless of which way it was intended, Lovesick is a fast paced, incredibly original and catchy song that scream to be listened to.

Regardless of the music, the presentation alone of the album is inspired. The CD itself has been made up to resemble a record, side A if you will, and the songs have been laid out as though the music were originally put on record and then recorded digitally for the final production. At the beginning and halfway through the album as the introduction and interlude that seem to have gone missing in our digital age. While they aren’t required listening. They still provide a breather so you can take everything in before being blown away yet again. All together, the album is a great piece that anyone who still enjoys a good blues album is sure to lap up. - BRAD PYN




Rave Magazine
The Datsuns / Black Diamond Heavies / The Blackwater Fever
The Zoo - 11-12-08

If tonight’s Zoo bill were a movie, it would be called The Return Of Rock, pt.2. Having first seen openers The Blackwater Fever a couple months ago, I am pleased to suffice that the local garage-blues duo rock harder than ever. Singer Shane Hicks’ hoary voice and raggedy-arse riffs are offset by primal drumbeats, while songs from lauded LP Sweet Misery cut like a knife. The Black Keys, we’ve got one on you. - DENIS SEMCHENKO
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Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 12:56:16 PM
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Hot outta the editing room: The Blackwater Fever 'Better Off Dead'.

Check it out!


'Better Off Dead' Music Video on YouTube >>
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 1:57:46 PM
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MAG (Music Australia Guide) Review

The Blackwater Fever
SWEET MISERY

Any CD that cheekily starts with the signature cracklenpop of a needle hitting vinyl has got my attention. In fact this same attention lasts an entire 50mins as this Brisbane two-piece conjures sweaty musicianship with a far darker and echoed lustre akin to Mark Lanegan jamming with Buddy Guy after a close-call with zombies in New Orleans. In fact its the seedy undercarriage of the songwriting that sets this apart from the guitar and drums club of Mess hall, Black Keys, White Stripes et al. Apart of the US-friendly vocal delivery, these guys offer an authentic slap of grime, mud and hopeless regret within their twang and thud. Its refreshingly bleak, mysteriously accomplished (these guys are masters of restraint well beyond their vintage) and comfortably confident. Airplay beckons but probably not in their own country as theyre just a little too good.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 1:46:13 PM
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Hey all,

The Blackwater Fever have some more video up on YouTube.

While filming the music video for 'Better Off Dead' back in Dec 2008 we filmed and recorded a few tracks live.

I finally got round to editing these up and here they are.

OPENING CREDITS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JMTVV3ttiU

LOVESICK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DYYY7oktd8

BLACKWATER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C__dIzWzds

BACK FOR YOU
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