Days after guitarist Stephen Harrison and drummer Aric Improta left Fever 333 earlier this week, vocalist Jason Aalon Butler, released a statement via Instagram. In his statement, the band’s sole remaining member stated that he was thankful for his former bandmates’ time working on the band, but that he intended to keep things moving forward.
“I want to thank Aric and Stephen for their time in this project – not just because a statement feels required, but because I mean that,” he begins. “We shared some incredible experiences over the last few years and for that I will always be grateful.“To the supporters of FEVER 333 – I started this project in order to fill a space in music and culture that I have always wanted to see and know many others like and unlike me would also like to experience. Offering representation and progress not only on stages but through the art is paramount for me. I told myself I would not compromise that vision and I must hold true to that promise. Not only for me, but the others out there looking for somewhere to feel free. So I want to take this moment to say thank you to Aric, Stephen and everyone who has made that possible thus far. The initial era of FEVER 333 was incredible in so many ways and I am so excited to present to you the next one.
“All LOV333. See y’all soon…”
Butler’s conciliatory tone is in stark contrast to the statements from both Harrison and Improta, who each said experienced a difficult working environment within Fever 333 in their own statements. Though he didn’t get into specifics, Harrison’s statement made it sound like things became untenable within the band, leading to his and Improta’s departure.
“Aric and I have decided to leave Fever 333. I won’t get into the details but things were pretty bad internally. That plus creative differences sort of left me with no choice. That said, I’m so thankful for all the amazing fans, people who helped Fever behind the scenes, and my friends and family who supported me through all of this. Your support means so much! I still plan to make music. Aric and I will probably do something together in the future. Love you guys!! Know your worth!!”
Whatever happens in the future, we’re hoping everyone involved comes out all the better for it. We don’t know the specifics and may never find out, but we’ll keep you up to date in the event more information comes out.