Here’s our 30 second chat with Chris from Fang Island.
NT: I read that Fang Island formed at Rhode Island School Of Design, a pretty creative institution. Did your time there have a big influence on the band?
CG: I don’t think I would have ever started a band if I hadn’t gone to school and been in the same major as Jason, Pete and Phil. Going to art school made playing music seem like a legitimate way to spend all my time.
NT: Your music has been described in the past as “life affirming and infectious” “Everyone High-Fiving Everyone”can we expect more of the same from the upcoming album “Major”?
NT: You did a bunch of shows with the Flaming Lips a couple of years ago, Wayne Coyne puts some
infectious music out as well. Did you guys bond over musical tastes?
CG: We talked about Yes quite a bit. We were both very fond of his band too.
NT: Can you guys possibly be as happy in real life as the way the songs come across?
NT: What’s the story behind the name of the band?
CG:It was the name of a place in an article in The Onion. For some reason it stuck out to us 8 years ago and we’ve been stuck with it ever since.
NT: How does the song process work with you guys?
CG: Divine Inspiration.
NT: Tell me about the picture of you guys being jumped over that guy on a bicycle, were you nervous lying there?
CG: I think I was nervous that it was one of our first photo shoots, but I trust Mike’s bike skills.
Which five albums do you consider to be major influences on the band?
Metallica “Master of Puppets”
Steely Dan “Pretzel Logic”/”Aja”/”Can’t Buy a Thrill”
Santo & Johnny “Sleepwalk”
Thin Lizzy “Black Rose”
The Who “Live at Leeds”