Fang Island
Fang Island


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
February 21st, 2010 | 392 replies | 31,269 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is how you make feel good music.

I’ll admit, from the moment I read that Fang Island described their own music as “everyone high-fiving everyone”, I was sold. Though band members don’t have the best track record of reliability when it comes to judging their own music (Oasis called Heathen Chemistry their “second best album”), let me (in all my authority) put that into fact: Fang Island could soundtrack that frozen-frame, silhouette skyline, mid-air high five that would turn your life into an awesome ‘80s buddy movie.

Though occasionally featuring oohs, aahs and higher-pitched gang vocals to set the songs on their way, Fang Island is fuelled by a band whose talents are channeled into creating music that bursts at the seams with a tremendous sense of positivity. Clocking in at just 30-minutes playtime, they waste no time getting into things, bursting to life from the get go and continuing at that busy, no pit stops pace for most of the record. The occasional moments it slows down, such as the uplifting, high-note guitar melody in the second half of “Sideswiper”, are made all the more effective by their rarity.

With a line up featuring three guitarists, it’s not a surprise it’s one of the most exciting aspects of their music. Though the band in general, including the drummer and bassist, are extremely tight, it’s the way the guitarists harmonize with a hyper, optimistic zest, sometimes accompanied by synths, that propel their unique, irresistible sense of exuberance one step further. There isn't a song here that isn't soaked in suger-fuelled feel good excitement. These are the kids mom kept away from the fruit loops.

Like the guy who first took an apple and dipped it in caramel, Fang Island are firm believers that when you find something good, you can make it better. As “Davey Crockett” shows us, sometimes it isn’t just enough to have a juicy duel riff, you might need some gang vocals too, and when those gang vocals kick in, they need to get louder, and when they get louder, the drumming needs to get bigger, and when the drumming is big and brash, you need the guitars to get positively titanic, and then once you have this large, wailing, magnificent wall of sound, what good would it all be if you didn’t add handclaps?

Whatever it is that’s inspired so much joy in their music, I hope it continues. In this era of darkly clad, angsty teens, Harley-buying midlife crisis fathers, and pill-popping, lonely housewives, it’s time to skip the Prozac; Fang Island will brighten your day.



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Kiran
Emeritus
February 21st 2010



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

review #40 : )

scrapped the original review i had of this, which was super serious, and sort of spur-of-the-moment vomited this all out, which is becoming a trend. dont know if thats a good or bad thing.

SeaAnemone
February 21st 2010



20012 Comments


this sounds fantastic- I started d/l ing 5 minutes ago

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Kiran
Emeritus
February 21st 2010



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

prepare for greatness

AggravatedYeti
February 21st 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm probably already in love with this record.

These are the kids mom kept away from the fruit loops.

I was one of those!!!!!!!

Kiran
Emeritus
February 21st 2010



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you were a 'special' kid weren't you yeti

AggravatedYeti
February 21st 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I prefer 'gifted'
tbh

Prophet178
February 21st 2010



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Amazing album that is going to go overlooked by everyone here the entire year.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 21st 2010



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

put the hype train into motion, prophet

Prophet178
February 21st 2010



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I was gonna review it but no point now, you did a better job than I ever could. I hope your review gets featured, it deserves it.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 21st 2010



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks dude, it would give the band some great exposure. i can see a lot of sputnik users liking this.

AggravatedYeti
February 21st 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh I was about to spam the shit out of your shoutbox too
lucky you Kir.

sydrock
February 21st 2010



7 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Best new music 2010, can't wait to see them live. another awesome sargent house release. damn

SeaAnemone
February 21st 2010



20012 Comments


Mind if I hop on the bandwagon? This is really interesting... I know I like it, but how much I can't be sure yet. I'll keep listening for sure.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 21st 2010



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

delicious

SeaAnemone
February 21st 2010



20012 Comments


up-beat, explosive post-rock, basically

Kiran
Emeritus
February 21st 2010



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this got bumped down the user reviews list real fast

SeaAnemone
February 21st 2010



20012 Comments


sorry : ( I hate when that happens... I'm in the same boat though

Kiran
Emeritus
February 21st 2010



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

we shouldve got a better boat

Prophet178
February 21st 2010



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I feel like playing Sonic to this.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2010



10324 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

vomited it all out? sounds like my last night!

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