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J. Cole - Lost Ones

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fang Island - Self Titled

A very long time ago, in a land very far away - I went to an STP concert. I reviewed said concert here on the B Side, and made a promise to in the near future review the first opening act. Well my friends, that day has finally come. Fang Island opened for STP round 2 back in August of last year. Follower Shaqwanda and I were both at the show, and we were both impressed by their performance. I wanted to see if that translated to their album - so here it goes. Oddly enough these gents also hail from Providence, Rhode Island - second band in a week. Although they all reside nowadays in Brooklyn. They started jamming in 2005 and got their name from an article in The Onion. Their guitarist states, "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". Kind of neat story. They say their music is best described as "everyone high-fiving each other" and they want to "make music for people who like music". Well Fangers, I like music. I like it a-lot...(in my best Jim Carrey voice) This album dropped in February of 2010 and is their only studio release to date. Nothing on the docket it appears coming soon either. The album does have that very solid jam band quality - which is why it translated to well into a live show. However, the album doesn't seem to convey the same awesome energy as they did live. I still like this, but I'm not sure if I'm being swayed because of what I saw in person. Let me know what you think...I'm not convinced of anything other than if they were opening for someone again, I'd be excited.

1. Dreams of Dreams
2. Careful Crossers
3. Daisy
4. Life Coach
5. Sideswiper
6. Illinois
7. Treeton
8. Davy Crockett
9. Welcome Wagon
10. Dorian

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. Davey Crockett
2. Daisy
3. Sideswiper

2.75 out of 5 stars


  1. I really enjoyed their STP show too! So much so that I was planning on buying their CD when they came back and opened for 30 Seconds to Mars a short time later. Their second show wasn't as good for me, so I didn't buy anything.

    If they come back around, I'll see them again. Best two out of three.

    The samples were too short for me to make an informed decision on the album. Maybe I'll have to check them out some more.

  2. I think I'd need to pick it up. The samples didn't show a lot of vocals, which I guess I recall from the show - but just figured because it was live they were jammin'. Who knows.

    Should be able to get the cd for cheap, I'll get on it.