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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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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

Fang Island
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

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


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 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. 


Austinist: Fang Island at Mohawk [Show Review and Photos]


By the end of Fang Island's 45-minute set at the Mohawk on Friday, just about everyone in attendance was physically spent and drenched with sweat. However, just before the band's encore song and penultimate track, “Daisy,” guitarist/vocalist Jason Bartell suggested to the crowd, “If you have any energy left, expound it.” It was all the motivation the otherwise exhausted crowd needed to ignore their ailments and devote their energy to the band for another three minutes. Throughout the duration of the song, everyone went harder than they had before, giving one last burst of strength before being two steps away from collapsing. It’s a feeling that ensures one will pass out as soon as their body hits a mattress out of satisfaction, and Fang Island more than earned their right to push the audience to that point.

A big reason why Fang Island’s music is so euphorically draining is their sheer abilities as musicians. The group’s three guitarists (which include Bartell, Chris Georges, and a touring guitarist) brilliantly played off each other with breakneck paced riffs and heroic solos. Meanwhile the touring bassist and drummer Marc St. Sauveur formed a solid backbone on which the guitars were allowed free range. Each song was effortlessly executed and performed with the kind of gusto that one expects from a band whose music is the equivalent of a caffeine infused shot of adrenaline. It all made for a harmonic force that one could not passively observe, as the band was having just as much fun playing as those in the audience had crowd surfing, mosh pitting, and yelling the lyrics at the top of their lungs.

The band played a very economical and precise set, filled with about a 60/40 split between material off of 2010’s self-titled masterpiece and this year’s equally strong (if slightly more subdued and refined) effort Major. Newer tracks like “Seek It Out” and “Sisterly” had a drive to them that wasn’t quite present on record, keeping them more consistent with the all-out intensity of songs like “Sideswiper,” “Welcome Wagon” and “Davy Crockett.” Each song sounded as vital as the one that preceded it, and there were plenty of moments between songs where the band reaffirmed their positively infectious optimism. Georges instructed those in the crowd to high-five the person next to them, a choice bit of banter came in the form of Bartell proclaiming “Hooray Friends!” before going into another jam session, and the group’s entire demeanor never veered far from hopeful and joyous. As such, the audience gleefully gave everything they had to show the band that they appreciated the positive energy they brought to the tiny, sold-out stage.

While it may be true that the band’s recorded output doesn’t have the same element of surprise as it did a couple of years ago, Fang Island are still among the best at what they do. They are a live force who exemplify the therapeutic qualities of letting everything go and rocking the fuck out, something that everyone can use every once in a while.

Words by Ryan Lester. See All Photos by Amy Price.


KEXP’s Song of the Day: Fang Island – Sisterly


Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Sisterly” by Fang Island from the 2012 album Major on Sargent House.

Fang Island – Sisterly (MP3)

Named after Donald Rumsfeld’s supposed hideout in an Onion article, Providence, Rhode Island’s Fang Island crafts music that, according to the band, sounds like “everyone high-fiving each other.” Featuring big, crashing drums, ripping guitar solos, and singalong choruses, the trio’s style is custom-fitted to both long drives in the warm months and crowded house parties in the cold ones. Buzzing with reckless abandon, “Sisterly” finds Fang Island in a playful mood that appropriately fits the album’s title. Clocking in at just over three-and-a-half minutes, “Sisterly” bounces along at a brisk pace, only stopping for a melodic and face-melting guitar solo courtesy of mustachioed guitarist Chris Georges. Fang Island might have originated as an art school project, but “Sisterly” shows that it’s clearly intended for fun outside of the classroom.

Fang Island just came through Seattle earlier this month, so if you missed the show, you may need to wait a bit until they return to high-five Cascadia once again. For now, you can listen to their recent in-studio session at KEXP here, find out more about the band here, and watch the Behn Fannin-directed video for “Sisterly,” in which the band are pelted with stuffed animals, here:


402 Productions: Live Review & Photos Fang Island at Great American Music Hall 8/7/12

Fang Island has been on a constant national tour in support of their latest album, Major. As Fang Island would most likely admit, their music is best served live with sprinkles of high five participation and the occasional push made from the mosh pit.

Fang Island played The Great American Music Hall two years prior to this date, opening for Red SparowesBack then, “Chompers” was better known as that song they play to the kindergarteners and “Seek It Out” had one less solo than what is featured currently on Major. This time around, the room was crowded for those who have escaped to Fang Island. by Nick Wan

Fang Island’s set featured the majority of Major, with the other portion of the set coming from their self-titled release. No zany covers this time around, San Francisco. Just some guitar rock and a handful of dancing in the pit. No kids leaving with frowns this night. Disneyland wasn’t the only happiest place on Earth.



All photos by David Wajsfelner See Full Slide Show HERE.


BOWLEGS: FANG ISLAND – INTERVIEW



We recently described Fang Island’s Major as a straight up, sometimes sideways, slice of proper, sweet, heart on sleeve, riff-laden pop and rock – which roughly translated means we love the shit out of it. This group know their way around a good song, they fire riffs off like they’re going out of fashion, drop melodies for fun and rock the fuck out whenever the mood might take them. It was clearly time to track one of the three-piece down – thankfully guitarist Jason Bartell stepped up and provided the answers.

Bowlegs: This album has more vocals. Was it liberating to give a little more narrative to your music? Did you have more to say or was it more a case of what seemed right for these particular songs?

Jason: A little of both I would say, in both cases. It has been liberating to have more lyrics, but also kind of scary, and I definitely try to follow what the song seems to be demanding. Riffs like the rhythm hook in Sisterly just beg for lyrics and vocals, so I followed that need. I had been kicking that riff around for a good year before finding the right vocal hook for it.

Bowlegs: While writing and recording do you all instinctively know when a song is working or do corners occasionally have to be fought? Were any songs won or lost while recording Major?

Jason: I think we all kind of instinctively know when a song is working in Fang Island, it’s usually when a riff or idea makes us laugh and smile. When I walk around singing fake lyrics to a silly riff I know we’re on the right track. Theres not too much fighting in this band ha.

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Bowlegs: Are any of the songs standing out as road favorites yet? Asunder sounds like it could be a bit of a blast played out to a crowd!

Jason: Asunder is definitely a live favorite of mine, I think the energy translates really well to a live show. Seek it Out has been really fun too, it has a heavy bounce to it.

Bowlegs: Was there any specific point when it all clicked with Fang Island and you knew you were onto something special? If so, what and when might that have happened?

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