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Providence RI, United States (2005 – present)

Fang Island is an American band formed in Providence, Rhode Island, and based in Brooklyn, New York. The group consists of guitarists Jason Bartell, Chris Georges and drummer Marc St. Sauveur. Their self-titled debut album on Sargent House was released in February 2010.

Fang Island began, oddly enough, as an art school project while the band members were attending the prodigious Rhode Island School of Design (also the foundation for Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Les Savy Fav, Lightning Bolt, Six Finger Satellite and the Talking Heads) in 2005. They were later joined by Jason Bartell, Marc St. Sauver, Michael Jacober, and Nick Sadler who was formerly a member of fellow Providence-based band Daughters. According to guitarist Jason Bartell, the goal was to “make music for people who like music.” That is, music without irony that harnesses its uplifting qualities. Just like a classic rock song or classical symphony can stir us emotionally, Fang Island exists to unlock that spirit. The band got its name from an article in The Onion. Jason Bartell recalled, “I think it was just a funny blip about Donald Rumsfeld having a secret hideaway, and it was on Fang Island. We like how it was sort of this, like, fictional space that we imagined our music was played on”.

Fang Island was released on February 23, 2010 via Sargent House, and was heralded as one of the year’s top albums. MOJO praised the band for being “simply killer fun”, while The 405 described the album as “A joyous stomp with bouncing drums and tightly played guitarmonies.

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  • copiousbred

    hell yeah it is

    Yesterday 10:57pm Reply
  • FeuerInBrand

    fuck y'all major is rad

    3 Jan 2:46am Reply
  • Jbourdeth96

    Is that you Ron Howard?

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • xmii

    yea, pretty much because daughters. nick brought the actual unique parts to fang island--sure, jason and chris wrote some pretty killer melodies, but nick was the one who arranged them in a way that made them stick out. major was a loss because jason and chris only really work in basic pop format. nick took his background with being crazy as fuck with daughters and somehow made it work. it's too bad, really. this band is definitely not getting any better.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Considerables

    because Daughters.

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • dubyawhy

    dont like latest album :( I'm trying so hard but it sucks! All this verse chorus nonsense. Fang Island - you're better than this!

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • The_Millzor

    They killed it SO HARD in Derby the other night my heart is still all bouncy

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • dubyawhy

    no but srsly which one of you clowns is responsible for the tagging.

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • dubyawhy

    This is the best post-rock I've ever listened to. Possibly better than GYBE

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • ikd-sj

    |the illinois| niiiiiice (゚∀゚*)ノヽ(*゚∀゚)ノ

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Skooge

    Yeah, those similar artists don't really make any sense. Still a lot of good bands in there though.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • kellympreston

    so glad This exists

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Jonzo67

    Surprised ASIWYFA aren't the top similar artist tbh

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • jamesdelve

    'Major' is one of our Top albums of 2012! http://sparksandnerves.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/the-top-40-albums-of-2012/

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mceneny

    Math and post rock? Are you fucking kidding me? Does anyone here actually even know what math rock or post rock are? [3]

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • kwokwokwo

    shit

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    I finally found a band that sounds like fang island. check it out dudes: http://kitfisto.bandcamp.com/album/cities

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Zirys

    no, just the two of you, I guess...

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Flagg87

    Math and post rock? Are you fucking kidding me? Does anyone here actually even know what math rock or post rock are? [2]

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Zodiark111

    Math and post rock? Are you fucking kidding me? Does anyone here actually even know what math rock or post rock are?

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
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