Monday, August 13, 2012

Fang Island premiere first video from new album, U.S. headlining tour underway

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"It's impossible to come away from Major without a big grin plastered from ear to ear." -- BBC Music

"An eye-popping, pop-punking, limb-flinging, brow-singeing celebration of the major chord and its many possibilities." -- SPIN

"As an album, if I had to give Major a rank, I would promote it to General." -- Vice

Brooklyn's beloved guitar-anthem optimists Fang Island premiered the first video from their sophomore album, Major over the weekend on cable network MTVu. Today, the band posts the clip, "Sisterly" online for all to see and share. Watch video HERE. Alternate Vimeo link HERE

Fang Island is currently in the midst of a summer headlining tour, with support on partially overlapping stretches from Irish genre-benders Adebisi Shank and The Mars Volta sibling heavy groove outfit Zechs Marquise. Fang Island will also play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX in November (exact date TBA). Please see complete dates below. recently premiered a new track from the album. The song, "Seek It Out" is available to stream HERE. (Alternate Soundcloud link HERE.) Pitchfork recently premiered MP3s for the tracks "Asunder" (HERE) and "Sisterly" (HERE)

Like the painstakingly chiseled marble of the album artwork, Major is hefty, solid, monolithic and regal. Whereas Fang Island described their celebrated 2010 self-titled Sargent House debut as, "everyone high-fiving everyone," Major is evermore confident, triumphant and brimming with infectious enthusiasm. Its warm harmonies are given proper berth with more expansive dynamics and focused pop song craft. 

"One of our core ideas has always been that our songs would be all of your favorite parts of the song that other bands make you wait 8 minutes to get to," explains guitarist/vocalist Jason Bartell. "We wanted to be the band that's nothing but your favorite hooks back to back." Major shows Fang Island deftly achieving that aim. 

Throughout, Major highlights the band's endeavor to elevate positivity as an art form. "It's kind of similar to writing songs about being sad," Bartell says. "It can come across as simplistic, or easy. Positive songs often run the risk of sounding shallow, but we feel there are a lot of shades and depths to positivity that can be explored." That exploration becomes clear from the first notes of Major

However, Georges sums up the album's bold steps best in this short sampling of the band's nearly 1,000 bullet point explanation of the album title:

"Some reasons we called the album Major
- Major key (the first song is minor though!)
- 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."

Major was released everywhere on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on July 24th, 2012.

FANG ISLAND Summer 2012 Tour:
08/13 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *!
08/14 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *!
08/15 El Paso, TX @ Low Brow Palace *!
08/16 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada!
08/17 Austin, TX @ Mohawk !
08/18 Volente, TX @ Beachfront Boat Studios 
08/19 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live - Studio!
08/20 New Orleans, LA @ Parish at House of Blues!
08/21 Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree!
08/22 Gainesville, FL @ Double Down Live!
08/23 St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local 662!
08/24 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits!
08/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade!
08/26 Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall !
08/28 Raleigh, NC @ Kings!
08/29 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter!
08/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg!
11/01 - 11/03 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (exact date TBA)

* w/ Zechs Marquise
! w/ Adebisi Shank

Artist: Fang Island 
Album: Major
Label: Sargent House
Release date: July 24th, 2012

Track list:
01. Kindergarten
02. Sisterly (MP3(VIDEO - YouTube or Vimeo)
03. Seek it Out (STREAM)
04. Make Me
05. Never Understand
06. Asunder (MP3)
07. Dooney Rock
08. Regalia
09. Chompers
10. Chime Out
11. Victorinian

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The best.