Fang Island

Vice’s Noisey Feature: The Charcoal Grills of Fang Island’s Jason Bartell

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In addition to grossing people the fuck out, custom grills are the perfect way to let people know: I have no idea what to do with my money and I also like my smile to look like I brush my teeth which rich people toothpaste. But Jason Bartell of the band Fang Island also sees some artistic value in them.

A part time artist, Jason recently started working with charcoal to capture the distinct contrast between soft skin and hard, polished metal. “I liked the idea of thoughtfully rendering precious and coveted objects using what is, essentially, a worthless material,” he says of his Grievers series. “In person, I find the result kind of disgusting.” Agreed, totally gross. Toronto band PUP found them so gross that they used one of the works as the cover for their stellar forthcoming album.

Here a few of Jason’s awesomest/grossest charcoal grills…

Title: “Untitled (Griever #1)”, charcoal on paper, 6” x 4”, 2010
“This was the first of a series of drawings of grills I made in 2010, I drew them all in my dingy, windowless basement studio over the course of several months. This year, grungy Canadian rockers PUP asked if they could use #1 as their debut album cover, so that was pretty cool.”



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EAST COAST SHOWS start October 26th

Fang Island are back and will be taking out their riffs when they meet up with the Sargent House tour of Tera Melos and Zorch for the East Coast portion of that tour starting in Buffalo on October 26th.  Fang Island will also be playing their brand new song “Starquest” . Below is an early version of the song that Chris & Jason played up on a rooftop last year - just imagine that with some Marc Drums on it! (below) … hell yes.



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TERA MELOS / FANG ISLAND / ZORCH
Oct 26 - Buffalo, NY @ Tralf
Oct 27 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
Oct 28  - Hamden, CT @ The Space
Oct 29 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
Oct 30 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Oct 31 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Nov 01 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Nov 02 - Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel


Fang Island will join Tera Melos and Zorch for East Coast shows starting October 26th

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Fang Island will join Tera MelosZorch for some East Coast shows starting October 26th on the Sargent House family tour.

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TERA MELOS // FANG ISLAND // ZORCH
Oct 26 - Buffalo, NY @ Tralf
Oct 27 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
Oct 28 - Hamden, CT @ The Space
Oct 29 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
Oct 30 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Oct 31 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Nov 01 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Nov 02 - Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel


Sideshow Alley: Jason & Chris play a new tune up on the roof

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"No one really knew what to expect from the Fang Island guys without a vocalist as we hadn’t shot an instrumental band in NYC before. They didn’t disappoint with their myriad of effects pedals and a big open balcony to make their own, ripping up the skyline of Brooklyn with melodic guitar riffs and their effortless owning of their unique sound. These guys shredded the life out of this apartment building with a new song to boot. ” - Side Show Alley TV


Review of the Last show of Fang Island’s EU Tour with No Spill Blood - Dublin

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It’s the end of the current tour for Fang Island, who have been doing the rounds over the preceding weeks aided and abetted by No Spill Blood. Hailing from Rhode Island, Fang Island specialize in a type of infectious, no frills guitar music that marks them out as the greatest band on earth. Okay, they’re not the greatest band on earth, but they might well be the most enjoyable band to rock out to on your headphones. The band’s ethos is simple – create the sound of “everyone high-fiving everyone.” While we have no idea how this might sound, if it’s measured through musical notation then this is probably it.

Things are buzzing nicely as Fang Island hit the stage. This gig was upgraded from The Grand Social to a post-midnight slot here in The Button Factory, so folk are by now well-readied from the previous band and the previous beers. There is no rest for NSB’s Lar Kaye, double-jobbing on bass guitar for the headliner’s set, and from the off it’s head-shaking stuff with The Illinois. Seek It Out comes in with a distorted intro before scaling back, and an anthemic Life Coach follows. With two albums to their name, the band dips in to both through the set. ‘Major’ song Chompers is all finger-tapping, snare-rattling excellence – the song’s upward key change is the single greatest moment of this weekend. The band stop, barley pause for breath and delve straight back into the rock-out ending.

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Liverpool Echo Live Show Review

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Fang Island live at the Kazimier

A night of eclecticism reached its natural conclusion with the arrival of Brooklyn boys Fang Island.

Not long of a few dates at SXSW and touring in support of their second LP Major, Fang Island capped off one of the most memorable shows in Liverpool for a good while in real style.

Mixing grind, sheer volume and dazzling effects with classic guitar-pop mores, these Yankee Doodles gave the crowd even more bang for their buck. Tracks like Make Me and Never Understand contrived to collide among themselves with sharp vocal harmonies, winding and tasteful solos and a constant chugging rhythm of intricate intensity.

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Fang Island bring high-five power pop to the Kazimier, Getintothis’ Joseph Viney air guitars at will.

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Fang Island in full effect at the Kazimier

A packed floor below the group sought to get as close as possible and take in what they could, as a very excitable young man right at the front threw down some of the most erratic yet carefree shapes not seen since the heyday of Ian Curtis.

We can’t fault the guy though; it was hard not to get carried away by tunes that are replete with a maddening amount of euphoria.

The Rhode Island outfits’ two guitarists traded vocal duties, keyboard runs and guitar lines with the speed and ferocity of a top-level tennis match.

The band themselves describe their music ‘as the sound of everyone high-fiving each other' - a simplistic modus operandi, but don't it lull you into a false sense of security, they really mean business.

Their debut Liverpool show was one to behold and commit to memory. If we ask nicely enough, then they may just come back. - by Peter Guy


Fang Island on BBC6 Music’s Steve Lamacq Show - Live Songs & Interview

If you missed the live broadcast of Fang Island performing Sisterly and Seek It Out and their interview with Steve Lamacq’s show on BBC6 Music show don’t fret they have the archived session available to hear HERE for just this month - so check it out!

DON’T MISS FANG ISLAND ON EU TOUR NOW WITH NO SPILL BLOOD - SEE ALL DATES HERE


FANG ISLAND European Tour Starts April 8th in Ireland all shows with No Spill Blood

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We are delighted to announce that Fang Island will be heading back over to Europe in April. Joining them as support  on all shows will be Sargent House label mates No Spill Blood - with Lar Kaye of Adebisi Shank & NSB pulling double duty on this tour and playing bass in Fang Island on all the shows.  Upon the bands return to the states they will also be playing Sasquatch Music Festival on May 25th.

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FANG ISLAND & NO SPILL BLOOD - EURO 2013
Apr 08, 2013 - Cork, Ireland @ The Pavillion
Apr 09, 2013 - Limerick, Ireland @ Bourke’s
Apr 10, 2013 - Belfast, N. Ireland @ The Speakeasy
Apr 11, 2013 - Liverpool, UK @ The Kazimier
Apr 12, 2013 - Glasgow, UK  @ Broadcast
Apr 13, 2013 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Apr 14, 2013 - London, UK @ Birthdays
Apr 15, 2013 - Antwerpen, Belgium @ Kavka
Apr 16, 2013 - Paris, France @ Le Batofar
Apr 17, 2013 - Lyon, France @ Le Sonic
Apr 18, 2013 - Reims, France @ L’ecluse
Apr 19, 2013 - Lausanne, Switzerland @ Le Romandie
Apr 20, 2013 - Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg  @ Out Of The Crowd Festival
Apr 21, 2013 - Aachen, Germany @ Musikbunker Aachen
Apr 22, 2013 - Berlin, Germany @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Apr 23, 2013 - Hamburg, Germany @ HafenKlang
Apr 24, 2013 - Aarhus,Denmark @ Voxhall
Apr 25, 2013 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Huset KBH
Apr 27, 2013 - Oslo, Norway @ Parkteatret
Apr 28, 2013 - Aalborg, Denmark @ 1000 Fryd
Apr 29, 2013 - Kiel,Germany @ Die Pumpe
Apr 30, 2013 - Pilsen, Czech Republic @ Pod Lampou
May 01, 2013 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Kokpit Kafe
May 02, 2013 - Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea
May 03, 2013 - Dornbirn, Austria @ Cafe Schlachthaus
May 04, 2013 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Kokolores
May 05, 2013 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
May 06, 2013 - Oberhausen, Germany @ Druckluft
May 07, 2013 - Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
May 08, 2013 - Derby, UK  @ The Victoria Inn
May 09, 2013 - Galway, Ireland @ Roisin Dubh
May 10, 2013 - Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory - Late show 11pm

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May 26, 2013 - Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre - Sasquatch Festival


SPIN: Fang Island “Asunder” Live in Studio Video and European Tour Dates

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Fang Island, the Brooklyn-based trio who famously (and appropriately) described their hook-heavy guitar heroics as “everyone high-fiving everyone,” keep things relatively low-key in their new clip for “Asunder,” off last year’s Major.The five-and-a-half-minute in-studio clip, recorded and mixed while the band made a recent tour stop in Los Angeles, focuses on the threesome as they, well, tear the room asunder. Scroll down for Fang Island’s upcoming tour dates, which include a trip to this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival.


FANG ISLAND & NO SPILL BLOOD - EURO 2013
Apr 08, 2013 - Cork, Ireland @ The Pavillion
Apr 09, 2013 - Limerick, Ireland @ Bourke’s
Apr 10, 2013 - Belfast, N. Ireland @ The Speakeasy
Apr 11, 2013 - Liverpool, UK @ The Kazimier
Apr 12, 2013 - Glasgow, UK  @ Broadcast
Apr 13, 2013 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Apr 14, 2013 - London, UK @ Birthdays
Apr 15, 2013 - Antwerpen, Belgium @ Kavka
Apr 16, 2013 - Paris, France @ Le Batofar
Apr 17, 2013 - Lyon, France @ Le Sonic
Apr 18, 2013 - Reims, France @ L’ecluse
Apr 19, 2013 - Lausanne, Switzerland @ Le Romandie
Apr 20, 2013 - Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg  @ Out Of The Crowd Festival
Apr 21, 2013 - Aachen, Germany @ Musikbunker Aachen
Apr 22, 2013 - Berlin, Germany @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Apr 23, 2013 - Hamburg, Germany @ HafenKlang
Apr 24, 2013 - Aarhus,Denmark @ Voxhall
Apr 25, 2013 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Huset KBH
Apr 27, 2013 - Oslo, Norway @ Parkteatret
Apr 28, 2013 - Aalborg, Denmark @ 1000 Fryd
Apr 29, 2013 - Kiel,Germany @ Die Pumpe
Apr 30, 2013 - Pilsen, Czech Republic @ Pod Lampou
May 01, 2013 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Klub 007
May 02, 2013 - Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea
May 03, 2013 - Dornbirn, Austria @ Cafe Schlachthaus
May 04, 2013 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Kokolores
May 05, 2013 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
May 06, 2013 - Oberhausen, Germany @ Druckluft
May 07, 2013 - Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
May 08, 2013 - Derby, UK  @ The Victoria Inn
May 09, 2013 - Galway, Ireland @ Roisin Dubh
May 10, 2013 - Dublin, Ireland @ The Grand Social

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May 25, 2013 - Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre - Sasquatch Festival


Fang Island will play this year’s Sasquatch Festival in May

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Fang Island have just been announced on one heck of a killer line up of bands for this years Sasquatch Festival taking place May 24-27th at The Gorge in Quincy, Washington. See ticket and line up info HERE


Alarm Magazine: Fang Island Feature Interview


Fang Island is laughing. Fang Island is constantly laughing. Jason Bartell and Chris Georges, the two primary songwriters for the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Rhode Island outfit, are sitting in the Greenpoint bar where they played their first show in New York. They sip Brooklyn Lagers on a muggy evening while wearing nearly identical jean jackets. The duo is discussing whether drummer Marc St. Sauveur would don the “Denim Daddy” attire on stage, ultimately deciding that he would refuse. Bartell and Georges giggle at the thought.

The infectious enthusiasm is not an act. Fang Island described its self-titled debut as “the sound of everyone high-fiving everyone” — a statement that is simultaneously accurate and destined to lead profiles for the duration on the band’s existence. The band’s sophomore effort, Major, builds on the theme. It features more singing than the first album, which was chock full of melodies, riffs, and melodic riffs. But the DNA here is similar: free and fun, with enough hooks to hang the audience’s denim jackets. Everyone is still high-fiving everyone; now there are just more people watching.

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Fang Island Trapped in the Tumblr Closet - The Video Interview

Back in 2005, Chris Georges and Jason Bartell were stamping and etching and engraving their way through printmaking majors at the Rhode Island School of Design. Like many a college chap, they decided to start a band and, inspired by an article in The Onion, christened it Fang Island

While such ensembles often fade, evaporating into the oblivion of the real world post-graduation, Fang Island is still going strong. These days, drummer Marc St. Sauveur keeps beat while Georges and Bartell carry a melody that’s euphoric, exciting, and oh so upbeat. Simply put, Fang Island exudes happiness. (They even describe their sound as “everyone high-fiving everyone.”) We trapped Georges and Bartell in our Closet to hear their musings on the future, favorite places to rock out, and how they keep it fresh. High-five, guys.


Fang Island Announce Co-Headline Tour Dates with Anamanaguchi & Fun Fun Fun Fest


Fang Island will be heading back out on tour in support of their new album Major, this time they will be co-headlining with pals Anamanaguchi on the way to Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin then a few shows on the way back. You know these shows will be nothing but good times and rock music so don’t miss it.

FANG ISLAND LIVE
Oct 26, 2012 - Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall **
Oct 27, 2012 - Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar **
Oct 28, 2012 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean **
Oct 30, 2012 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s **
Oct 31, 2012 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall **
Nov 1, 2012 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory **
Nov 4, 2012 - Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov 6, 2012 - Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn **
Nov 7, 2012 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 **
Nov 8, 2012 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar **
Nov 9, 2012 - Washington DC @ College Show (Students Only)
Nov 10, 2012 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St.
** w/ Anamanaguchi

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Check out Anamanaguchi’s Remix of Fang Island’s track Sisterly which is the Bonus Track on all the Digital releases of Major.


Fang Island’s AudioTree Live Session Video


Fang Island stopped by to see the folks at Audiotree while in Chicago to chat and play some tunes from the new album Major and some from the last Self Titled album. Check it out. See Pictures and More HERE

Tracklisting for the Session:
The Illinois
Seek it out
Chompers
Sisterly
Life Coach
Dooney Rock
Asunder
Daisy
Welcome Wagon


Fang Island Stop by Chic-A-Go-Go for A Song


Fang Island stopped by to hang out with Ratso and the gang and play a song while in Chicago at Chic-A-Go-Go.