Citing the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever and the New York Dolls as stylistic north stars in that first conversation, they decided to call the band Fever Dolls. In time, the group developed a sound defined by their co-lead vocals, injecting their songs with a trademark call-and-response quality, and leaning into the differences in Mulloy’s soulful range and Allis’ nasal rasp.
After solidifying their lineup with guitarist Erik Benepe, bassist Mitchell Parrish, and drummer Willis Mathewson, Fever Dolls released four singles over the next year—“Gennifer Flowers”, “Adeline”, “Mrs. Carver”, and “The Distance”, showcasing the range of the band’s sound and quickly earning it a reputation as one of the most compelling up and coming acts. Additionally, the music videos for those singles proved the band’s talent in working across mediums with other artists to expand the Fever Dolls universe beyond the music.
In 2019, Fever Dolls relocated to New York City and recorded their debut EP The Phantasm at Lake Wallenpaupack with producer Paul Q. Kolderie (Pixies, Radiohead, Hole), due out summer 2020.