Daily Archives: March 30, 2011

Fang Island [MUSIC][ALBUM][VIDEO]

Fang Island.  I guess the name says it all.  One part crazy electric guitar that bites the crap out of you and one part complete and utter fun which I guess you would have if you were on an island?  Crappy analogy aside Fang Island is a f*cking party.  They hail from Brooklyn, New York but I can hear them all the way down in Los Angeles.  In their bio they describe there own sound as “everyone high-fiving each other.”  I wish I could have written that.  Here’s the fifth track off their 2010 self titled release.
Sideswiper – Fang Island
With a three guitar wall of rock Fang Island will melt your face.  They are loud, fast and promise a great listening experience.  Opening track “Dream of Dreams” starts the crescendo of pace and volume and they never look back.  “Davey Crockett” offers a brief chance to catch your breath mid disc before it takes off into a massive guitar laden trance of awesomeness.  Clocking in at just under six minutes, this song will kill your ear drums.  Turn it to eleven and be patient.
Davey Crockett – Fang Island
Their bio states that Fang Island started as an art school project.  My second favorite band, Talking Heads, came together in the same fashion.  Get me into that school immediately because I want to try some of what they’re having.
Fang Island is guitarist Jason Bartell, bassist Michael Jacober, guitarist Chris Georges, guitarist Nicholas Andrew Sadler, and drummer Marc St. Sauveur. They all share collective group vocal harmonies and the occasional hand claps…  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. — Fang Island
My favorite track on this record is an instrumental with emphasis on the “mental”.  It’s called “Welcome Wagon.”  The layers upon layers of guitar mixed with all kinds of loud is kind of making me want to get out of my chair and trash my apartment immediately as I sit here and write this blog.
Welcome Wagon – Fang Island
As I listen to this record from beginning to end as I write this post it is literally making me tired.  I just want to see them live so I can see if the record holds up.  It has to right?  With that said they just came off performances at SXSW and I’m sure they destroyed the place.  Having listened to this band for a little while (their record came out about a year ago) I think it’s time to give the three guitar rock onslaught their do and buy their record.  Here’s the info and, oh yea, one more tune and video.
Daisy – Fang Island
Buy “Fang Island” HERE.
By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
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Elephant Stone – “A Morning Song” [MUSIC]

Elephant Stone by Galit RodanPhotography by GALIT RODAN
So I stumbleupon this really cool website today called SoutherSouls.ca based out of southern Ontario run by video editor Mitch Fillion. Branching outside of their Ontario roots a little bit to capture this neighboring Quebec indie group Elephant Stone from Montreal while they were visiting Toronto for their Canadian Music Festival debut. Sit back and drift away to this beautifully mellow track filmed LIVE in Little India, downtown Toronto inside an Indian boutique.

The Fkin Awesome Indie Artist Playlist #4

Another Playlist of songs to add to your music database. This weeks list is a bit all over the place, but hey, that’s what we like, right? Alot of old school tracks in here some of your older Beat-Play Experiment followers may recall along with some new bonuses we snuck in there. ENJOY!!!

Mobile – The Killer

Interest Relief – Man of Constant Sorrow

Kina Grannis – I Know Who Took The Milk and Cookies

Slynk – Everyday Poppa

14. State Radio – Camilo

French Horn Rebellion – Up All Night

The Little Kings – “Wave Riding” [MUSIC]

The Little Kings are relatively new to the music scene in South Africa, but have already played at numerous venues across the country.  Formed in Cape Town in 2007, this reggae-rock fusion band consists of Ryan Kidwell (vocals and guitar), Ryan McArthur (Bass), Clement Carr (keyboard & sax) and Nick Ornellas (drums).  Their newest EP “New World” will be released in April this year.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Behind The Board : Gavin Glass [Interview]

Q01 Who are you, What do you do & where are you based?

Gavin Glass. Producer/Musician/Songwriter. Orphan Recording – Harolds Cross.

Q02 What album,track,gig or producer inspired you to end up behind a mixing board

The Band’s “Brown Album” was the record that changed everything for me.

Q03 Where did you study your trade?

I didn’t do a sound course or anything like that, but I was very lucky to have worked with some amazing engineers like Paul Thomas and David Slevin when I was starting out playing in bands, so I learned an awful lot from recording with those guys.

Q04 What advice do you have for any budding engineers out there?

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Gazelle – “Chic Afrique” [MUSIC]

Gazelle turns traditional African music on its head, by mixing it with a fusion of funk, disco and electro their product is a mix of synth-pop, natural rhythms, and a wicked baseline. Their modern traditional crossover genre they call LIM POP has left a permanent mark on the African music scene.   Recently Gazelle performed at Cape Town’s International Jazz Festival, and won the Red Bull Soundclash in Durban.  In a recent interview with Mail & Guardian, Nick Matthews (the invisible DJ) explained his music, “We’re taking traditional African instruments and playing styles and mixing it up with something which is from a totally different place. We’re actually playing something that’s not realized yet. We’re trying to create harmony within juxtapositions.”

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC