Fang Island

Fang Island - Fang Island
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2010 Ratings: #175 / 894
User Score
Based on 31 ratings
February 23, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sargent House / Label
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Brooklyn's Fang Island describe their aesthetic as "everyone high-fiving everyone." So it's appropriate that the band's website features a video of them jamming out with kindergartners and another with Andrew WK-- people so caught up in having a good time that you sometimes wonder if they're bullshitting you. What helps Fang Island steamroll past cynicism is how "fun" isn't just an ornament for them, it's embedded in the band's musical DNA.


Looking at the album cover for Brooklyn-based five piece Fang Island's eponymous debut, it would be easy to jump to conclusions. It features what looks like a found photo of two kids in the front yard, one dressed up like a princess, the other with a giant castle suit on. It's the kind of random, artfully ironic and seemingly meaningless photo that pretty earnest blog bands use to remain faceless and be knowingly detached from, like, the real world. Using an iPhone app. Yet, the music these guys make is fun with a capital 'F'.

Delightful indie rock that is absolutely stunning from beginning to end. The scarce lyrics aren't too impressive, but its obvious that they aren't meant to be; this band literally states that they make fun music, and that's exactly what they gave us. Fang Island is one of the most surprising and captivating indie rock releases of this decade. Its got infectious guitar riffs, daring song structures, and the band's name is fucking Fang Island. How much more fun can you get?

fav tracks: Life ... read more
A record where the happiness is inescapable, and the energy is infectious. Some of the best fast-paced indie rock I've heard.

BEST TRACKS: Daisy, Life Coach, Sidesweeper, Welcome Wagon
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