Sparks fly from friction. It’s the push-and-pull of two distinct entities that yields real fire. That phenomenon carries through the music of PHEVR. Vocalist Jacqueline “Jax” Kaye and guitarist Derek Murrell may hail from two different worlds, but the duo reside side-by-side in a dark bluesy rock underground more evocative of the Mississippi Delta than the City of Angels they call home. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Jacqueline’s soulful delivery ignites a cinematic distorted sonic palette by Eastern Kentucky native Derek. It’s this collision of soul and rock that makes PHEVR immediately infectious.
After being introduced by friends, Jax and Derek formed PHEVR in 2016. They caught the attention of producer Billy Mohler [AWOLNATION, The Airbourne Toxic Event, Macy Gray]. Impressed by their singular style, they began collaborating in the studio. Mohler produced the group’s forthcoming 2017 EP, amplifying and capturing the energy between the two musicians. They stripped the songs back to their core and brought a raw energy to the forefront.
The first single “Rich Girl” introduces this style with a bang. Echoing The Dead Weather’s mystique and Royal Blood’s punch, the track howls with a neo blues intensity and rock edge. Initially inspired after Jacqueline watched the movie Great Expectations, the lyrics follow a classic femme fatale as she destroys her man.
The black-and-white video highlights the stark contrast between the siren’s robust vocals and the six-stringer’s impressive wailing. It sets the tone for what’s to come from PHEVR as this chemistry will undoubtedly ignite an explosion.