St. Petersburg’s Kasey Maloney ditched garage-punk to explore country-rock with Fever Beam

She explains why pinching pennies is on the band agenda in our Music Issue.

Kasey Maloney felt like she had grown as a musician after playing in other bands like garage-punk trio The Spuds, which released a pair of singles (“Valentine Jones,” “Whiskey Baby”) in 2017.

“I was eager to find a group of solid musicians, all of them open to a classic rock and roll, western sound,” Maloney, 21, told CL. She found bassist Dane Giordano, guitarist Dennis Martinelli (who fronts experimental psych-rock act Crystallized) and drummer Samantha Loder, whose collective background in punk all lead Fever Beam’s sound to lean heavy on the rock-and-roll side of the blues. “I’m very lucky to have [them] because they’re always adding bits of this or that to songs I’ve written to make them what they are.”

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Right now, Fever Beam’s first goal is to record its best singles and get them online for folks to listen to. After that, the band hopes to hit the road.

“In the meantime, we’ll be pinching our pennies and stacking up band money so that we can buy our first reliable touring van,” Maloney said.

Next show: Beach Day w/DieAlps!/Fever Beam. Sun. July 29, 5 p.m. $5. Microgroove, 4906 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. Instagram (@fever_beam_band).

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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