The Feversmiths practised together for the first time at Black Swan Studios just
before Christmas 2009. They started out 9 months earlier with two friends, Alan
Donaghy (vocals) and Keith Fleming (guitar/vocals), jamming, writing and home
recording songs under the name of The Rusty Balls. The songs were a mix of
styles including rock, funk, folk, ballads, alternative and even country. One
of the continuing goals during the song writing process is to write strong
melodies with a decent hook and a foot tapping rhythm.
When they had built up a portfolio of original songs they turned to some old
friends to flesh out the songs.
Stephen Armstrong (guitar/vocals) and Robert 'Bob' Tame (keyboard) joined the
group and the jamming sessions started to progress into something more
substantial. The time came near the end of 2009 when the group of jamming
friends were ready to become a band.
James Canning (drums) and Neil Mackin (bass) were recruited and the original
line-up was complete. In May 2010 the band played thier first gig at a private
function playing under the name of The Rusty Balls for the one and only time.
The band's name was changed to The Feversmiths a short time later and they
continued to build up their repertoire of songs whilst playing regular gigs.
In March 2011 Neil had to leave the band due to work commitments. He was
replaced by Gavin Irvine who immediately stamped his own mark on the songs.
The band recorded their first set of songs, Take Some Action - Live EP, during
March 2011. At the time of writing the band are preparing to play their biggest
gig to date at Lark in the Park (Sat 30th April) on the second stage.