Fever Joy
Fever Joy's Avery Robitaille has described Shots as "a personal reminder that you deserve better". Photo: John Tsiavis

Have you ever felt like you’re not in charge of a bad situation? That someone is holding you back or just messing you around? Did you ever wish you could take control, make a stand and do what’s best for you?

That’s the combative message behind Shots, a chest-thumping pep talk and a first taste of Californian newcomers Fever Joy.

It’s a spunky, bright pop song with a driving drum beat and vocals from the trio’s star power frontwoman Avery Robitaille, wasting no time in getting to a series of urging hooks that have every chance of getting stuck in your head.

Shots was released quietly at the end of June, but Fever Joy have clearly been working hard to build their profile since. They also released a music video earlier this month.

Fever Joy are a trio, comprised of striking vocalist Avery, guitarist Kevin Holm and drummer Sean “Tean” Baker. They first met at an open mic night, deciding they’d form a more permanent band after performing together.

Although they were originally known as Dear Kora, named for an Indonesian tribe, the three seem to be treating Fever Joy as a different project altogether. Their sole single under the Dear Kora name, Sunflower, dropped in February 2017, technically making Shots their second single to date.

Avery is originally from Indonesia, moving to Los Angeles at the age of 18 after being encouraged by her religious missionary parents to attend a U.S. university. Prior to the formation of Fever Joy she performed on a more solo basis, playing a Sofar Sounds session in 2016 and posting covers of The Cranberries, Rihanna and Kodaline – all still available at the time of writing – on her SoundCloud account.

The next step for Fever Joy, whose biggest dream is to play at major U.S. festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, is likely to be a second single in the near future. They’re also hoping to perform at next year’s SXSW in Texas.

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Shots Lyrics

You got it all wrong, baby, I call the shots
I’m not what you need, and I thought we’d agree
But all I do is leave

Your girl’s out cold and you gotta stay warm
Now you’re at my front door, I know I’m hard to ignore
But all I do is leave

It’s not that I’m one of the bad girls
Just don’t wanna be one of your sad girls

I’ll do as I please
I don’t need no man holding me
If my mind is at ease
That maybe I’ll call you at three

I’ve got you wrapped my finger, now you’re begging to stay
Just for today, you think I won’t slip away
But all I do is leave

You think you got me in a coma but I’m not here to sleep
Get your mind off of me while you’re getting busy
All I do is leave
All I do is leave

It’s not that I’m one of the bad girls
Just don’t wanna be one of your sad girls

I’ll do as I please
I don’t need no man holding me
If my mind is at ease
That maybe I’ll call you at three

Don’t need your money, I’m not your honey
Don’t need nobody holding me
I’m not your sweet girl, or a mean girl
But baby if you fall I believe

I’ll do as I please
I don’t need no man holding me
If my mind is at ease
That maybe I’ll call you at three