INTERVIEW: Fever Queen

Hi Eleanor, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! I’m doin’ well! Currently very busy with work and looking forward to a season change. It’s too hot out there right now. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Love Last”?

“Love Last” is one of the only songs I’ve ever written out loud. ….That sounds weird but what I mean is that usually when I write a song I’m in headphones trying to be quiet and sort of shy about it until the song starts to form, because I’ve always lived in apartments where the noise I make is possibly annoying to others. When I wrote “Love Last”, I was living in a space that had a Rhodes in the basement. I just sort of started singing out loud playing the same few chords. It’s vocally a real belter because I just started singing it out loud rather than whispering into my headphones or something. That was a fun day. Normally I’m pretty shy about sharing things I write immediately after writing them, but when my roommate came home and asked what I was working on, I was happy to share it.  Since I had already sang it out loud all day, it felt like it was fully formed and released into the ether. I would like to write more songs that way someday when I’m not in an apartment anymore.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I was in my first serious relationship, and sort of just exploring that feeling of wondering if it was forever or not. I think deep down I knew it wasn’t, and the lyrics were kind of foreshadowing what I knew was to come. I think you can be really compatible with someone, but not necessarily in the way where you can build a future together. The first verse “our love feels nice in our bungalow room but how does it feel when it’s under the moon…” is saying quite simply, you can love someone in your bedroom and go to bed together every night, but what are you actually going to do together with this short time on the planet. Are you going to do cool shit or just sit around doing nothing. I think I was just searching and exploring what I wanted out of a relationship.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

My boyfriend Michael and I spent a lot of time driving in Indiana this summer. There’s so many cool, old motels on these roads and old cocktail lounges with funny names. It has a ghostly vibe from another era, and sort of fit the vibe of the song. I had the sound clip of fireworks at the end of the song recorded, and fourth of July was approaching so we knew we were going to get some firework footage. The rest we filmed as we were driving. Michael has a really good eye in general so it’s really fun to film with him and see how he comes up with things in the moment. 

The single comes off your new album The World Of Fever Queen – what’s the story behind the title?

I feel like writing a record is building a world. Especially your first record… when you have all these songs and moods and influences and you’re trying to see how they tie together.  It also felt like letting my inner world be exposed to my outer world in a public way.

How was the recording and writing process?

I recorded everything at my apartment in Chicago. I am all about recording and writing alone. I love getting real with myself through songwriting. It’s my way of checking in, and checking out.

What role does Chicago play in your music?

Well Chicago is known for its nasty, never ending winters but I personally love winter for getting creative and staying focused. I think most Chicagoans live for the three months of summer weather, but I feel inspired by the cold and dreary vibe. In the summer I typically try to be out of Chicago and travelling as much as possible. You can’t really record anything when your apartment is 90 degrees and your window unit is screaming at you. 

What aspect of love and dreams did you get to explore on this record?

Hmm… well it’s marginally a break up album haha. But also about building trust with yourself, not being afraid to demolish and rebuild aspects of your life that you don’t feel are true to your needs and happiness, and being honest enough with yourself to follow those dreams. The record starts off with me questioning where I’m at in life and ends with me being elated with where life has taken me. So it’s a cycle of acknowledging a change has to be made, observing the situation from all angles, and then honoring the need to follow through with it.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I think I’m always trying to find a way to link things together in my mind, so I often speak in metaphors. The song “Demolition” is a little nod to my dad who is a construction worker and does building demolition so I enjoyed using that metaphor for tearing my life apart. “Night Vision” was inspired by a time I saw an astronomer speak and how she talked about space and the stars in a poetic way that felt tangible to experiencing connection with others. “Steam” was inspired by thinking about how opposite elements interact (fire and water), and personifying them like one does in astrology.

What else is happening next in Fever Queen’s world?

A cold winter of exploration with my headphones on! I doubt anyone will be touring anytime soon, but we’re all going to be cooped up, so I hope people keep releasing music. This seems like the perfect time for people to abide by the DIY ethos. Make your own shit and just figure it out.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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