L.A. band Moon Fever is a rock band that needs to be on your radar. The band features Greg Garcia on drums, Joe Perez on guitar, Gabe Maska on bass, Mitch Micoley on lead guitar, and Cody Jasper on vocals. So far, the band has release two singles. Their debut single, “Fever”, and their most recent single, “Casanova.” Alternative Addiction talked with Moon Fever frontman Cody Jasper about the group coming together, “Casanova”, and finding an authentic rock band.
“The guys had another band,” described Jasper on how he found himself in Moon Fever. “I was living in Texas. They were in L.A. They were looking for a new singer to start another band. Their manager at the time, she met me in Austin years ago. Last year she messaged me on Facebook. She mentioned that she had a band looking for a new singer. They called and sent me some songs. I was excited about it. I wrote some lyrics and melodies and then we wrote and recorded together. That went well so I ended up moving to L.A.”
So far, the band has completed roughly twenty-two songs. Their latest release is “Casanova.” It’s a raucous number about debauchery with a smooth guitar riff at the center of it.
“Everybody was bringing in stuff and Mitch brought that riff to the table and he and I sat in the rehearsal studio, came up with the chorus, and then I started writing lyrics to it.”
When it comes to lyrics, Jasper has his own unique style of coming up with them.
“With lyrics, I’ll start mumbling until some words come around. I’m a big ‘feel’ person when it comes to writing lyrics. Whatever emotion the song makes me feel I go off of that. I’d freestyle something and listen to the song and then I’d sit down and write the lyrics. From there, our producer critiques the lyrics and we go through and make that work.”
With only two songs out it’s a little early to brand or categorize Moon Fever, but according to Jasper, they’re not exactly based in the hair metal/sunset strip brand of rock you’d think, they’re really just a rock band.
“We’re not trying to do that too much,’ said Jasper on the band’s sunset rock misconceptions. “All of our songs are kind of different. Just because we’re from L.A. getting branded like that goes with the territory. I just love rock and roll. When I was a songwriter on my own, I could never really pull it off. When we got together things just worked. We saw the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve always been a guitar player first and foremost, and in this band, I don’t even play guitar, and I don’t miss it. I get to lead that childhood frontman dream. I love it.”
Look for Moon Fever to keep releasing singles throughout 2020 with the possibility of an album being released late in 2020 or sometime early in 2021.