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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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