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. Complete dates are listed below.
Like the painstakingly chiseled marble of the album artwork, the band’s sophomore effort, 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 eight 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, which was released everywhere on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on July 24th, 2012.
Fang Islans Tour Dates
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
In the meantime, enjoy “Seek it Out” from Major here: