Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fang Island announce co-headlining tour with Anamanaguchi starting in October

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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 announce co-headlining Midwestern tour dates with Anamanaguchi starting in October, followed by the band's performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX on November 4th. Please see complete dates below. 

Fang Island also recently premiered the first video from their sophomore album, Major on cable network MTVu. The clip, "Sisterly" is available to watch video HERE. Alternate Vimeo link HERE. Check out Anamanaguchi's "Sisterly" remix HERE recently premiered the song, "Seek It Out" -- available to stream HERE. (Alternate Soundcloud link HERE.) Pitchfork also previously launched 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.


10/26  Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall **
10/27  Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar **
10/28  Chicago, IL @ Subterranean **
10/30  Columbia, MO @ Mojo's **
10/31  Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall **
11/01  Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory **
11/04  Austin, TX @ Auditorium Shores - Fun Fun Fun Fest

** w/ Anamanaguchi

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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