2013 and 1/3: The Best Albums of the 2010s (So Far)

Fang Island - s/tFang Island: s/t (Sargent House, 2/23/10)


Fang Island: “Sideswiper”

Formed by cohorts from the Rhode Island School of Design and joined by ex-Daughters guitarist Nicholas Sadler, the good-time rock quintet Fang Island was one of the most quickly ascending bands of 2010, jumping onto tours with The Flaming Lips and Stone Temple Pilots following the release of its first full-length album.

The self-titled release is chock full of palm-muted and speed-infused indie-prog anthems, with über-layered vocal harmonies to go with a triple-thick guitar assault and distorted-bass bludgeoning. It’s one of those rare releases that feels absolutely radiant and thrashing at the same time.

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