Before you continue reading this post, turn to someone nearby and give them a high five. It’s such a simple action, but one that completely defines the Fang Island experience. Before their set, the Brooklyn-via-Providence quintet circled up for a group high five and then asked the crowd to do the same before launching into their guitar-pocalypse set.
The intensity in which Fang Island plays is incredible, but what really distinguishes them from others is the way they do it with complete joy. Their sound is never oppressive, but holds such an uplifting and fun feeling, with the crowd eating up every guitar shredding moment.
Let’s be frank people of St. Louis – most of you good people missed a fantastic show. Next time Fang Island comes through town, make sure you’re there. Until then, practice your high fives and air guitar poses.
-Holy smokes, have you checked out Corey Woodruff’s portraits of Fang Island?
-Opening the show were local band, The Mhurs, and touring band, Delicate Steve. Remember how I mentioned earlier how the lights were turned off for Fang Island? Same thing for Delicate Steve’s set. Check out the photo below from The Mhurs set to see just how much lighting can effect the shots. As for the New Jersey-based Delicate Steve? I think a lot of us in the crowd didn’t know what the expect, but were totally bowled over with their set, with a sound akin to Fang Island run through a Nintendo 8-bit filter. One of the members was even wielding double tamborines for a song. Insanely impressive.