Entries tagged with: Fang Island
by Bill Pearis
Roman à Clef, the band featuring A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Ryan Newmyer & Jen Goma, and Kurt Feldman (Ice Choir, TPOBPAH, etc), will release their debut album, Abandonware, via Infinite Best on June 2. The band have made a video for single "PSBTV" and some of you may recognize it's location as Union Pool. Like their music, there's an air of '80s romanticism here (it reminds me a bit of the Bunnymen's "Seven Seas" video). The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
As mentioned, Roman à Clef will be playing NYC Popfest at Cake Shop on May 28 with Beverly, Young Romance, Wildhoney and Souvenir Stand (tickets). A few days later, they'll throw an Abandonware record release show at Union Pool on June 2 with Mrs. Adam Schatz and Cassandra Jenkins opening, plus DJ sets by Chris Georges (Fang Island) and Ben Daniels (ASDIG). Tickets are on sale now.
by Bill Pearis
photo: ASDIG @ Baby's All Right in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow returned this year with Sea When Absent, arguably their most ambitious record to date, and perhaps their most acclaimed too. The band have just released a remix of album cut "In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)" remixed by their pals Fang Island. He pulls the rhythm section to the fore here, burning off some of the original's haze in the process. (Not that there was anything wrong with that haze!) Stream it below.
As mentioned, Fang Island's Jason Bartell will be touring with ASDIG around the holidays. It turns out this will be in the form of a new duo called Wins which also features Cassandra Jenkins (of Eleanor Friedberger's band). You can stream a song from Wins below. ASDIG and Wins play NYC on December 27 at Rough Trade with Ava Luna on the bill as well. Tickets are still available and if you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a pair. List of all dates and contest details below.
And finally, A Sunny Day in Glasgow have also given us their Top 10 LPs of 2014 which includes a few familiar faces but some left-field picks as well. Check out their list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Emma Ruth Rundle w/ Marriages at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Bits of Emma's other bands can be heard in this record, but it's really its own thing, stronger than just some solo/side project type endeavor. Throughout the album, she brings in elements of dark folk, psychedelia, shoegaze, and moody textures that recall her metal associations. Her labelmate Chelsea Wolfe would be a good comparison. Unlike some of her more lo-fi work, the production here is clear as day and benefits her often-huge voice. The songs are rarely bright or uplifting, but they'll get stuck in your head.I recently wrote the above about Emma Ruth Rundle's (of Marriages, Nocturnes, Red Sparrowes) excellent new solo album, Some Heavy Ocean, which she's since announced a tour in support of. Most dates on the tour are opening for King Buzzo of the Melvins on his tour, though she won't be at either of his NYC dates (Santos and The Wick). She will, however, go on a short run in the middle of that tour with Stephen Brodsky of Cave In/Mutoid Man and Jason Bartell of Emma's Sargent House labelmates Fang Island which hits NYC on July 13 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for the Vitus show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a full stream of Some Heavy Ocean, below...
Laura Marling at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Depeche Mode, Bat For Lashes @ Jones Beach
The most popular synthpop band of all time with enough hits to fill a setlist, Depeche Mode will probably play too many new songs for your liking, but you'll forget all about that by the time they get to "Personal Jesus" and "Never Let Me Down Again." Openminded attendees should get there early for Bat for Lashes.
Laura Marling @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
British folk singer Laura Marling's music may be highly indebted to the genre's early '70s period, but it's some of the most genuine material in that style being written today. Tonight she begins her two-night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg (both sold out), and on Wednesday she'll play a free show at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Church.
Jason Bartell (of Fang Island), Xander Duell, James Thomas Marsh @ Union Pool (FREE)
The full Fang Island band will be here in October when their tour with Tera Melos hits Bowery Ballroom, but if you can't wait that long for your dose of noodly shredding, you can catch singer/guitarist Jason Bartell playing a free show at Union Pool today. 5 PM start.
The Gaslight Anthem, The Sidekicks @ The Paramount
The Gaslight Anthem were last in NYC for three shows in July, and The Sidekicks were just here last week, but if you head to Long Island tonight, you'll get a chance to see these two punky bands play together.
Har Mar Superstar, Basic Vacation, Misun @ Brooklyn Bowl
Entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar can turn any place into a sweaty party, given his ability to mimic '80s R&B and funk... he can breakdance too. Tonight he's joined by Basic Vacation, Misun, and a ton of DJs.
Glenn Tilbrook @ City Winery
One half of one of the best songwriting teams of the last 35 years, Squeeze's Glen Tilbrook will pull from that deep cannon of catchy tunes tonight. Funny guy too.
Holy Smokes! Fest @ Silent Barn
The folks at Bushwick Daily put together this all-day festival featuring over 20 bands (Raccoon Fighter, The Can't Tells, Cosmonaut among them), art installations and an open beer bar from 2 - 4 PM.
Spy Music Fest @ 285 Kent
The Spy Music Festival is back for a third year of experimental sounds. Tonight's event features Mystical Weapons (aka Sean Lennon and Greg Saunier of Deerhoof), Ava Luna, and more.
Hannibal Buress does his weekly comedy night at Knitting Factory.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Tera Melos at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Math rockers Tera Melos are heading out on tour with Minus the Bear soon, and though they don't play the NYC date (which happens on 10/25 at Best Buy Theater), they'll be playing some of their own headlining shows around then, including one in NYC on October 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (8/9) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/7) at noon. All currently announced dates are listed below.
UPDATE: The Bowery Ballroom show is part of a full tour with Fang Island and Zorch. All dates are listed below.
Tera Melos' most recent release is this year's X'ed Out, which came out in April via Sargent House. You can stream that album in its entirety, along with the list of tour dates, below...
As mentioned, Callers are about to start a March residency at Williamsburg venue Union Pool and we now know the rest bills for each show. The kickoff show on March 7 features Olga Bell and TEEN; the March 14th show is with Fang Island; and on March 21 it's Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple and still-to-be-revealed "special guests." Tickets for each show are $8 and and advance tix for the 3/7 show are on sale now.
Flyer for the residency is below.
Brooklyn/Providence crew Callers released their third album, Reviver, last year via Partisan. Originally a collaboration between Sara Lucas and Ryan Seaton, Callers are now a four-piece band and if you haven't heard the new album, you can stream it below via Spotify.
The band are gearing up for a March residency at Union Pool where they'll play the first three Thursdays in the month (3/7, 3/14, 3/21). Callers are promising some exciting guests to share the bill with for these shows, including Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, and Fang Island. As full line-ups (which will include "secret guests") and schedules haven't been finalized, we don't know which dates they are playing (maybe on the same bill, maybe not) but we'll keep you informed. No advance tickets as of right now.
Album stream below....
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
DOWNLOAD: Fang Island - Sisterly (MP3)
Brooklyn combo Fang Island will release their new album, Major, on July 24 via Sargent House. The band are also going on tour, playing the biggest venues of their career yet. The tour kicks off on July 20 at Bowery Ballroom and wraps up on August 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets to Bowery and tickets to MHoW go on sale Friday, June 15 at noon, with presales beginning Wednesday (6/13) at noon. All Fang Island tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
You can download "Sisterly" from Major at the top of this post and stream it below along with another of the album's tracks. If you were wondering why they called it Major, the band offer up some answers:
- Major key (the first song is minor though!)You can check out the cover art to Major, along with a video album teaser, those song streams and tour dates below.
- Valley girl colloquialism
- Because we are on an independent label
- Because the rank under Sargent (House) is major
- It sounds like a constellation
- Steely Dan's "Any Major Dude" was in rotation a lot during the sessions
- The record is packaged to look like stone because it's ROCK. I really wanted people to hold a piece of rock when they picked up the record."
Foo Fighters, who just headlined the final night of Lollapalooza, and who previously scheduled two dates in NJ, will return to NYC to play Madison Square Garden on November 13 with Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable. Internet Presale (password: ROCK) starts today (8/10) at 10 AM and general sale starts Friday at 10 AM. Rock on.
The Kooks just announed a tour that includes two NYC shows: Webster Hall on November 16 and 17. Internet Presale starts today at 10 AM (password might be "electric"), AmEx presale starts at noon, and general sale starts Friday at noon. All dates are listed below.
Fang Island play Glasslands on October 5. Tickets are on sale.
Feist tickets go on sale Monday (as written in the previous post, though sorry if the title made you think it was this past Monday which I thought it was at first despite the correct date written in the post).
Kooks dates below...
Wavves @ MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
In the earlier ticket post today, I forgot to mention...
It's unclear how many Northside badges they'll let in to that show, but those are on sale too.
Tickets are also still on sale for the Beirut Northside show happening at McCarren Park too.
Fang Island are playing Brooklyn Bowl on May 27th. Tickets are on sale.
Free Energy are playing Glasslands & April 29th. Tickets are on sale.
(snow by spanaut)
Furthur (no "e") has headlined Madision Square Garden which isn't a big surprise given that the band contains original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh along with fellow hippies John Kadlecik of the Dark Star Orchestra on guitar, Jeff Chimenti of RatDog on keyboards, and Joe Russo of the Benevento/Russo Duo on drums (Jay Lane left Furthur after the March 12, 2010 show to rejoin Primus). Tickets go on presale on Thursday at 10am for EIGHT NYC shows happening in March. Five are at Best Buy Theater and three are at Radio City Music Hall.
Speaking of Radio City Music Hall, Janet Jackson is playing there on March 18th. Tickets go on presale Friday at 9am.
Janet Jackson notoriously had a "wardrobe malfunction" when she played the Superbowl Halftime show once. Tickets are now on sale for the show Neko Case is playing at the Bell House on Superbowl Sunday.
Fang Island is playing a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on March 11th. Openers TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Tickets are now on AmEx presale for the Toro Y Moi shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Holy Ghost!, who has headlined Bowery Ballroom before (not sure how it sold though) will headline Mercury Lounge on February 2nd. Tickets are now on sale.
Tricky was recently in town, and Morcheeba will be here in February to play two shows at Irving Plaza which are both on sale.
Das Racist is playing Highline Ballroom on February 3rd.
Rasputina is playing Highline Ballroom on February 26th with Mr Voltaire. Tickets are on sale.
Melissa Auf Der Maur is playing Highline Ballroom on March 3rd. Tickets are on sale.
photos by Vincent Cornelli
"Everyone always says that when bands play places like L.A. and New York that no one wants to have a good time," frontman Wayne Coyne told the giddy crowd at Manhattan's Terminal 5 before The Flaming Lips' show last night. "But I think that's fucking bullshit!" [SPIN]The Flaming Lips played the same 14 songs they played at Central Park Summerstage one night earlier, last night at Terminal 5 in NYC. The show was the 2nd of five SPIN/Zync shows happening in NYC this week. Catch the Lips on Letterman tonight (7/28). More pictures and the selist from Terminal 5, below...
It's a busy week for big NYC shows. The Flaming Lips are here for two performances, starting with the gig tonight/Monday at Central Park SummerStage. Oneida opens. The Flaming Lips show Tuesday night at Terminal 5 is part of the Spin25 series of gigs running each day this week.
Spin25, sponsored by American Express's new ZYNC card (as you can see in the picture above), kicks off with Smashing Pumpkins tonight at Terminal 5, and continues with Flaming Lips on July 27th, the Black Keys on July 28th, the National on July 29th (all at Terminal 5), and Spiritualized on July 30th at Radio City. Show openers are listed below (Spiritualized, which has no opener, is the only one with tickets available currently).
THIS WEEK AT TERMINAL 5If you don't have tickets, we're offering one more chance for you to see the shows. We have two pairs of tickets to give away to each of the last four (that's all minus Smashing Pumpkins). Details on that are below...
7/26 - Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5 (w/ Kill Hannah & The Jim Jones Revue)
7/27 - The Flaming Lips @ Terminal 5 (w/ Fang Island)
7/28 - The Black Keys @ Terminal 5 (w/ Lee Fields & The Expressions & The Whigs)
7/29 - The National @ Terminal 5 (w/ Suckers & Kurt Vile)
7/30 - Spiritualized playing Ladies and Gentlemen (TICKETS)
You can also watch the shows online: SPIN & ZYNC are streaming them.
Several of the above bands have more shows this week too. The Black Keys play two SummerStage shows with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th (the second being the an early show on same night they play T5). Those two shows are also a tour kick-off for the two bands. All dates below.
The National also play Celebrate Brooklyn on Tuesday, July 27th with Beach House opening. They'll be back in September for a show at Wellmont Theatre with Owen Pallett who opens both Arcade Fire shows at MSG next week.
Contest details and dates below...
photos by Kurt Christensen
Murder City Devils, Obits, Jeff the Brotherhood and Silverghost will play the free Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront this Sunday, July 18th. The free series of shows kicked off this past Sunday with a headlining set by Xiu Xiu/Deerhoof who played after Why? who played after Fang Island who played after Pictureplane. We missed the two openers in our last post, so here are some more pictures from the event. They continue below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, words by Andrew Frisicano
Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof opened the first Pool Party of 2010 with a noisy, fleshy work out of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. The six-piece group smashed through the minimal record, with brash guitars and drums, free from studio EQ and delay, that were untethered and bold. Frontman Jamie Stewart put a muscular edge on Ian Curtis' deadpan gloom. By their headlining set, the clouds had parted and sun shined on the crowd.
Previously, it did rain a bit during Why?'s set, which also coincided with the end of the World Cup finals. Attendance picked up as the show went on, and after the game (which disappointingly didn't get screened at the show). Past the initial line of people at opening time around 2:30pm there was no wait to get in, and people could walk straight in, even during the headliner.
Earlier, Pictureplane gave the party a bassy, synthed out start. And Fang Island followed with a set heavy on guitars, group vox and unabashedly poppy melodicism.
Chuck reiterated the freeness of the shows - obviously a good thing - though there's also an increasingly unavoidable corporate presence at the Pool Parties. Veoba logos brand much of the venue's eyespace, and freebies from All Saints (who rented out the building behind the stage), Vans and a bevy of low-cal sports and energy drinks line the park.
Also given a boost this year are the much improved food options, with the Meat Hook, Roberta's pizza, Mexican food and more on site.
Like the pay shows at the park (Weezer is this Friday), the stage now faces the water, leaving the Manhattan skyline to the backs of the crowd. The effect of that shift isn't inconsiderable, giving the space a more claustrophobic feel, though the sun (when it did shine) wasn't the problem it once was for the crowd. I'm guessing that the water-facing stage addresses some issues with sound carrying through the neighborhood. That said, the show Sunday was pleasantly loud, right through the abrasive conclusion.
Kyle was one of those who showed up after the soccer game. His pictures of the last two bands, Schumer, dodgeball, and more, below...
"WHY? at the waterfront was absolutely fantastic. Best time I've seen them. Fang Island shredded too!" - The Tape
"Meet Senator Chuck Schumer" @ the July 11th Pool Party (Ruthie_FF)
Eric White met Chuck Schumer (Erik White)
Sets of music were played by Why?, Fang Island, Pictureplane, and Xiu Xiu/Deerhoof combined to form a Joy Division cover band. Unfortunately there was no world cup viewing at the venue which definitely kept lots of people away. More photos and info on the show coming later. A few videos are below, and here's one more picture for now:
the scene backstage @ the Williamsburg Waterfront Sunday (bradwalsh)
July 18th's Pool Party will feature free sets of music by Murder City Devils, Obits, Jeff the Brotherhood and Silverghost. Some videos from July 11th below...
just got this email...
This time I quickly confirmed it wasn't real (fool me once...)....
UPDATE: It is real! The Pool Party publicity team wasn't informed about the new series and so they told me it wasn't real but Jelly just confirmed directly that is actually is!
What is real though, is that the Jelly NYC Pool Parties kick off this Sunday with a lineup that includes Fang Island. Check out Fang Island's video for "Careful Crossers" below...
@ a 2009 Pool Party (more by Tim Griffin)
I don't know what Veoba is either. The press release explains it though...
For the past 4 years, JELLY has hosted over 200,000 people for what has become one of the most groundbreaking FREE concert series in New York. Summer Sundays in Brooklyn have become synonymous with The Pool Parties and in the series' 5th Anniversary year, Pool Parties promises not to disappoint.They didn't announce who is playing the Brooklyn Bowl block party on August 1st. One complication might be that one of the bigger bands cancelled.
This year, The Pool Parties are again on the Williamsburg Waterfront for 7 dates from July 11th--August 29th. Due to scheduling conflicts, our August 1st date will be moved to a "Block Party" in and around Brooklyn Bowl making it 8 total "FREE Pool Party Sundays".
In celebrating our 5th Year Anniversary, JELLY also would like to give a big thanks to Senator Chuck Schumer and Phillip Goldfeder from the Senator's office for all of their support ensuring JELLY'S return to the Williamsburg Waterfront. JELLY owners Alexander Kane and Sarah Hooper state that, "It has been a long hard road this year to bring this series back to Williamsburg and it 100% could not have been done without Senator Schumer's efforts. "
The Pool Parties will be co-presented by VEOBA, an online resource for artists, managers, and record labels. Based in Chicago, but with global reach, VEOBA provides the music community with select services to progress and maintain their livelihood. VEOBA launched in May 2010 as a collective made up of music industry veterans, writers, managers, artists, and cartoon characters. From co-founder Jay Parkin, "More often than not, musicians rely on others to take their careers to the next level. We're here for those who care enough to do it themselves." Sharing Jelly's values of creativity and innovation, the people at VEOBA are thrilled to be involved in this summer's production. Parkin concludes, "For the independent and the like- minded, VEOBA facilitates the next step."
JELLY as well wants to give a shout out to all of their partners this summer from the new faces to old friends. Special thanks to AllSaints and Vans. As well as Amp Energy, vitaminwater®, SESAC, ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, ZYNC from American Express^(SM), Spin Magazine, KEXP, and Main Drag. Along with OSA sponsors: Time Out New York, Brooklyn Brewery, and Heineken.
Now onto our official Pool Parties 5th Year Anniversary lineup! Check back soon for surprise guests we cant announce yet, the official DJ lineup for The Pool Parties 2010, and more fun things that are SURE to make the 5th Year Anniversary series one you will never forget!
The Official After-Pool Parties, presented by Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, will be held at Brooklyn Bowl following every Sunday's Pool Party!
The only difference between the leaked lineup and the official lineup is the addition of another "SECRET SPECIAL GUEST" and the listing of some curators. You can see the full list of confirmed free shows, below...
words by Andrew Frisicano
Big Freedia & friends @ Wrongbar in Toronto for NXNE - June 18, 2010
"So what the hell is Sissy Bounce? Sort of depends who you ask. Katey Red, arguably the creator of the genre, suggests it doesn't even exist and instead insists it's just sissies producing Bounce. Other artists such as Big Freedia fully embrace the term. Take some of the most hypersexual, bump and grind you can imagine, remove everything but the sexed up chorus, speed it up, and then remove the sexual identity of the artist performing it. What, what? That's right. Sissy Bounce artists are purposely androgynous, sometimes referred to as queer, sometimes transgendered, a very direct intent is to fuck with people's heads about sexuality. It's easy to relate, or be offended when you see one sex singing about the other. But with Sissy Bounce you have no idea. This makes the performances just as important as the music itself, which is perhaps why it's stayed locked down for so long." [Sean Bonner]From the pictures above and below, maybe you can tell that Big Freedia's Friday night set at Toronto's Wrongbar (as part of NXNE) was a crowd pleaser. Big Freedia, DJ Rusty Lazer and a pair of dancers held a master class on ass-shaking dance moves and a good portion of the crowd was happy to oblige, especially for the infectious bounce of songs like "Azz Everywhere" and "Rock Around the Clock." Freedia went from a tender acapella verse about settling down to a song with the hook "I got that gin in my system, somebody's gonna be my victim." The spectacle was one thing, but it was ultimately the songs, rumbling party mantras, that made it a great set.
The next night Big Freedia brought her act to the city's Yonge-Dundas Square (a free, very public stage surrounded by stores and restaurants )- it looks like they played there with considerably more clothes on. Still, Damian Abraham tweeted: "Big Freedia's performance in Dundas Square today made the Stooges show (which was amazing) look like a Peter, Paul and Mary Concert." (btw, our pics from the Stooges show he's referring to are coming soon).
Big Freedia and crew (that includes Freedia's DJ Rusty Lazer) will be back in Brooklyn for a Thursday night set at CrushFest at Public Assembly. The lineup for the June 24th show, which is part of Northside, also includes Yes Giantess, Fang Island, Iran, MillionYoung, Dinosaur Feathers, Anton Glamb, LE1F, Jason Pants & Chaz Requina (Palms Out Sounds), Denny Le Nimh and No Surrender. Tickets are only $5.00 until 3pm today (6/22) - then the price goes back up to $15. You can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.
More pictures from Toronto, a flyer for the Public Assembly show and a video from a Big Freedia show at Glasslands are all below...
Fang Island and Dan Deacon are no longer sharing a bill at Cake Shop on Saturday, May 29th, one of the gigs that's a part of the venue's five-year celebration. That's because Dan Deacon's show has been moved up two nights to Thursday, May 27th, when he'll play with Eternal Summers, Big Troubles and Dustin Wong. (Dan also jams out in Red Hook Park on Tuesday, June 15th.)
Fang Island will instead be performing with Philly garage four-piece Univox on May 29th.
The Bundles' Cake Shop show earlier in the month ended up happening, but with the group playing as a trio comprised of Jeff and Jack Lewis and Anders Griffen (so, without Kimya Dawson and Karl Blau). A note Jeff sent us about the show, and the surprise one they played right after it at Sidewalk Cafe, is posted below.
Then, to close out the month-long celebration, on May 31st, Moonmen On The Moon, Man (the Cake Shop house band basically) will "play five times for five years," including a "1,825 song set, to represent every day of Cake Shop's last five years of live music." A video of that band playing the venue's third birthday, more details on the show, and other dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Fang Island @ Knitting Factory in April (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Fang Island will be one of the "tons more" promised at Cake Shop's May 29th show with Dan Deacon, which is part of the venue's fifth-anniversary month (a month that includes the NYC debut of New Moods this evening, May 17th).
Fang Island are currently on tour through the end of May, and this July they'll head out with the Flaming Lips. Those shows include Lips' July 4th Atlantic City show and their upstate NY shows (one of which has Black Keys and Morning Benders). All dates are below.
The band's self-titled record that came out earlier this year. Two tracks from it are above, and below are two videos directed by Carlos Charlie Perez (no relation to Danny Perez, Animal Collective collaborator, besides the sonic similarities). All tour dates and videos are below...
words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky w/ additional photos by Leia Jospe
Fang Island lock on with their jaws and don't relent. The Brooklyn band never gave up its hold on an enthusiastic audience at their sold out show at the Brooklyn Knitting Factory Monday night. Fang Island evade outright comparisons with an enticing mix of textured guitar polyphonics, uplifting vocal harmonies and mosh-worthy tumult. For their encore the band played a groovy cover of Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby," obviously for the many people over time who have wondered what that song might sound like with triple harmonized lead guitars mimicking the melody.
Idolands and Anamanaguchi opened the show. Anamanaguchi flaunted an equal love of fallen electronics and Blink 182 (already apparent, they highlighted their influence even more by momentarily flirting with the riff from "Dammit"), spitting gleefully acrid 8-bit melodies on top of Marshall stack guitars and matter-of-fact power pop.
More Fang Island dates HERE. More pictures from the show below...
402 Productions: When you guys initially assembled to form this dancegasmic-high-fiving band, what were the initial ideas; aside from the uplifting intensity that seems to lay the foundation for most of your corpus?Fang Island will be at Knitting Factory on Monday, April 5th for a headlining show with 8-bit band Anamanaguchi and Idolands (w/ members Of Daughters). Tickets are on sale.
Fang Island: The band started off as an art project at school. It was a way of cutting classes, smoking weed, and still getting college credit. Then we realized that our musical collaboration was more important/enjoyable to us than learning lithography.
Fang Island then goes on tour with Red Sparowes this April and May - but their NYC-area shows are separate. Red Sparowes play with Doomriders at Mercury Lounge on April 13th and 14th, while Fang Island plays Maxwell's on April 13th with Dinowalrus. Maxwell's tickets are on sale.
The band was recently dubbed "Fastest Rising at SXSW" via compiled internet stats. Two songs off their euphoric self-titled debut, praised by Pitchfork two days before SXSW, are posted above. Videos for those same songs and all tour dates are below...