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Fang Island – Major

9 days ago, Brooklyn’s own Fang Island released their sophomore album, Major, to a gleeful audience excited for more after their debut, S/T full length and teaser Single, “Sisterly“. Admittedly, I was nervous after hearing the “Sisterly” single: it felt as though everything that made them fun to see live had been replaced with…well…FUN (the band). However, after listening to the album, Major, as a whole, I couldn’t be more wrong, a point to which others have taken quick notice of. There’s plenty of other, professional music reviews you can take a look at however my favorite quote is probably from the brilliant crew over at Vice, “As an album, if I had to give Major a rank, I would promote it to General.”

As the album artwork hints at, Major is one hefty, monolithic and just plain regal experience. Compared to their S/T, to which Fang Island described as, “everyone high-fiving everyone,” Major is a far more confident triumphant experience with just a dash of youthful exuberance. As guitarist/vocalist Jason Bartell explains, “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… We wanted to be the band that’s nothing but your favorite hooks back to back.” I thought they had already achieved that with their S/T release but I guess Major has put any doubt to shame.

However, to give a quick run-down about why you should even care about this particular album, here’s an explanation by Chris Georges (guitarist) on some of the multitude of reasons why they named their sophomore album “Major“:
“- Major key dominant (though the first song is minor)
– Valley girl colloquialism
– Because we (Fang Island) are on an independent label
– Because the rank under Sargent (House) is major
– It sounds like a constellation
Steely Dan’sAny 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.”

I really don’t know how to follow an explanation like that. Despite to say, if you want to truly experience the joy, don’t just stop with the one song streaming on this site, pick up a copy (MP3, CD, LP) or, better yet, catch them live as they go all across the US, pairing up with the likes of Adebisi Shank and Zechs Marquise, including Austin, TX with the “Fun Fun Fun Fest“. It’s great to see a sophomore album actually expand in the right direction from a freshmen album and Major certainly lives up to the description. Well done though last complaint… why not Philadelphia?!

FANG ISLAND Summer 2012 Tour:
08/02 Salt Lake City, UT @ Vertigo *
08/03 Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
08/04 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre *
08/05 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
08/07 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
08/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour *!
08/11 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar !
08/12 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room *!
08/13 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *!
08/14 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *!
08/16 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada !
08/17 Austin, TX @ Mohawk !
08/18 Volente, TX @ Beachfront Boat Studios
08/19 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live – Studio !
08/20 New Orleans, LA @ Parish at House of Blues !
08/21 Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree !
08/22 Gainesville, FL @ Double Down Live !
08/23 St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local 662 !
08/24 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits !
08/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade !
08/26 Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall !
08/28 Raleigh, NC @ Kings !
08/29 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter !
08/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg !
11/01 – 11/03 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (exact date TBA)

* w/ Zechs Marquise
! w/ Adebisi Shank

Track list:
01. Kindergarten
02. Sisterly
03. Seek it Out
04. Make Me
05. Never Understand
06. Asunder
07. Dooney Rock
08. Regalia
09. Chompers
10. Chime Out
11. Victorinian

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Reality Check – Dubstep Garden Rave

I take a deep drag from my 27 as I stare out into the Tiberino Art Museum. After months of negotiations, explorations, and missed opportunities, it felt as though things were finally falling into place. The Drexel Sierra Earth Week Finale over at the Fake House was absolutely incredible and I knew I couldn’t treat my next show with little commitment. With all of this in mind, Dissociative Identity Productions, Bass Face Productions, & Sick of the Radio is proud to present a return to the Garden of Eden, aka, “Reality Check“. Featuring our own DirtyDave, Ben Pramuck, Jack Deezl, EuniQ DJ/MF Parm, & our Brooklyn buddies, Night Kids, Reality Check will be a full 7 hours of Dubstep, Trance, & Electronica. Furthermore, in case ya didn’t know, the Tiberino Museum is an absolutely amazing spot for all this to be going down. With murals covering every square inch & statues scattered throughout the luscious trees & vegetation, I could not be more excited to try this out. A frequent host of the Carnivolution series, the Tiberino Museum should provide the perfect outlet for all of our summer angst. Furthermore, anyone who “Likes” either Dissociative Identity Productions, Bass Face Productions, or Sick of the Radio on Facebook will instantly receive $2 off their admission. With dollar beers and a full 7 hours of dj’ing for $6, it’s simply economics to deduce where you’ll be on Saturday, June 23. Anyways thank ya so much for everyone who came out our recent June New Angle Night, be sure to catch a glimpse of the acts in a week at the Dubstep Confederacy, and I look forward to seeing ya for Reality Check. It’s been a crazy couple of months and it looks as though it’s only going to get crazier.

– Cliff

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