New Local Band Feverhawk To Make Live Debut Friday At Mojo’s

Feverhawk, a new local rock band, will make its live debut Friday at Mojo’s Music Bar opening for Slow Motion Breakdown of Warren, Pa., and Phantasm, of Philadelphia, beginning at 10 p.m. Pictured, from left, are: Matt Baxter, guitar and vocals; Jamie Trusler, guitar; Jason Sarro, drums; and Jay Peterson, bass. Submitted photo

Mojo’s Music Bar will be the setting for the premiere of a new, original band comprised of familiar faces in the local music scene this weekend.

Feverhawk will make its live debut Friday at the 104 E. Second St. music venue, where it will share the stage with the hard-hitting Warren, Pa., rock group Slow Motion Breakdown and Philadelphia-based Phantasm, which originated in Jamestown and will be performing songs from its newest album, “Three Men Make a Tiger.”

Due to the respective resumes shared by the four members of Feverhawk, the new outfit may be considered somewhat of a Jamestown area supergroup. The band features Matt Baxter on guitar and vocals, Jamie Trusler on guitar, Jason Sarro on drums and Jay Peterson on bass. Individually, the members have also performed in other local groups such as Smackdab, The Audience, The Bogarts, DirtTrackRacing and Green Genes, to name a few.

However, according to Baxter, the genesis of this particular group has been a long time in the making.

“The name Feverhawk goes way back to the late ’90s. It’s a name I had for a fictional rock band and I’ve just held onto it for all these years, though I always knew I’d make it a real band someday,” Baxter said, adding that he has always been inspired by heavy 1970s rock bands such as Blue Oyster Cult and Black Sabbath, as well as “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” era of the early ’80s and bands such as Diamond Head and Witchfinder General.

“Our sound is much more than that, though,” he added. “I also like more melodic bands like Thin Lizzy and early Cheap Trick, and have drawn from those kinds of influences, as well. I grew up on metal and hard rock and it feels great to get back to my roots. The songwriting comes very naturally. We’re still finding our sound but I love where it’s headed. It’s just so incredibly fun to play.”

Baxter said the group met for its first rehearsal during the final week of 2017, and has been writing songs from the start. Currently the group has roughly four or five originals, which it will play on playing at Mojo’s on Friday, and has plans to continue composing with the intent of recording a full-length album in the spring.

Feverhawk will kick things off Friday at 10 p.m., and will be followed by Slow Motion Breakdown. Phantasm will close out the evening as the headlining act. There will be a $5 cover to attend.

For more information, find “Phantasm w/ Slow Motion Breakdown & Feverhawk” on Facebook.