Premiere: Looking Back with Fever Dolls’ Poignant “Mrs. Carver”

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Fever Dolls reflect on the fading of feelings over time with their third single, “Mrs. Carver.”
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Fever Dolls’ third single “Mrs. Carver” pivots from the lively sound they’ve curated in “Gennifer Flowers” and “Adeline.” Lyrically, the song is as captivating as the rest of them, but lead singer Renn Mulloy steals the show with her piercingly melodic vocals. On theme with their exploration of these dynamic female figures, “Mrs. Carver” follows the journey of a woman on the run, tangled in the darkness of her past.

Mrs. Carver of West Virginia
Sole survivor of the quest to end you
Left behind her a letter to find
Said I’m not coming to California
And I took the car so I should probably warn you
I left to find her and weather the tide
Mrs. Carver - Fever Dolls

Mrs. Carver – Fever Dolls

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering Fever Dolls’ “Mrs. Carver,” independently out now. There is something to be said about the simplicity of a ballad set over keys, and Renn Mulloy captures the beauty in the melancholy clearly and without resistance. When we spoke to frontman Evan Allis in March, he explained their writing process as setting scenes for the characters to live in and then delving into their backstory further into the song. Mrs Carver is as somber as it is light, and musically captures the feeling of coming to terms.

She says blame it on the rolling dice
But when you touched me
I was cold as ice
Blame it on the country song
The one that made you
think we don’t belong
And take another over-under
for the souls we’ve wronged
Mrs. Carver of West Virginia
Second daughter of a prominent fixture
Pride of Harvard, blight of the bay
Fever Dolls © Kayhl Cooper

Fever Dolls © Kayhl Cooper

The Mrs. Carver video, directed by Kayhl Cooper, is the latest installment in Fever Dolls’ series of kooky but moving music videos. Beginning in a classroom surrounded by small children, Mrs. Carver tells the children, as well as a puppet, that she has to move away, but not to worry because, “sometimes, the scariest change can be the most wonderful.” Singing her farewell to the kids, the VHS tape is then relegated to the corner of a bike shop and among dusty board games.

Son of silver with a touch for fiction
Rushed to print and now in the fifth edition
Trying harder, but can’t write them the same
Son of silver with a touch for fiction
Rushed to print and now in the fifth edition
Trying harder, but can’t write them the same

Stream Fever Dolls’ “Mrs. Carver” exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and catch the band this weekend at Waking Windows in Winooski, Vermont!

Stream: “Mrs. Carver” – Fever Dolls

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Audrey Steeves

A proud Massachusetts native, Audrey is currently studying business at Northeastern University, although she spends most of her time studying the inside of Boston's music venues. Her taste in music is centered around alt & indie rock, particularly Glass Animals, The Killers and Mt Joy. The only thing Audrey enjoys more than writing about music is writing jokes, and she is hoping someone will pay her to do that soon.