FEVER 333 is a Los Angeles-based trio that combines politically charged lyrics and rap-rock. They are often likened to Rage Against the Machine, with a touch of Linkin Park, Black Flag, and Public Enemy. The band’s energetic, aggressive, and abrasive music earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance in 2019.
The hard-hitting three-piece includes guitarist Stephen Harrison, drummer Aric Improta, and frontman Jason Aalon Butler. The band is signed to More Hi-Hat label and gets full and solid support from producers John Felman of Goldfinger and Travis Barker of Blink-182.
FEVER 333’s logo is a homage to the revolutionary socialist organization, the Black Panther Party. Butler typically wears a bulletproof vest with the number 333 across the chest when performing. According to Butler, it represents the increasing militarization of the police force.
In other instances, Butler wears a boiler suit that features the band’s iconography. He also wears a bag over his head. According to him, he wanted to represent the human rights abuses in prisons like the Abu Ghraib prison and the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
In 2017, FEVER 333 made their debut with raging live shows while promoting their message of “community, charity, and change.” Their socially conscious spirit, fiery demeanor, and genre-blurring style are evident in their early tracks We’re Coming In, Hunting Season, and Walking in my Shoes.
Made in America, the band’s debut EP was released in March 2018. In May of the same year, the band released Trigger, a standalone single that tackles Strength in Numb333rs, the band’s first LP was released a year later. Wrong Generation, its second EP, was released in 2020.
On June 3, 2020, the band live-streamed a performance and demonstration called Long Live the Innocent. All proceeds went to Black Lives Matter and the Minnesota Freedom Fund. In a speech Butler gave during the event, he criticized several high-profile streaming devices and record labels for not supporting the Black community.