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Far-Out Fangtooth’s Nick Kulp announced as newest member of Creepoid

Photo by Adam Wallacavage
Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Local psych-punk crew Creepoid announced yesterday that Far-Out Fangtooth’s Nick Kulp will join as the newest addition to the band. In the process, it seems the band has lost a member. On Creepoid’s Facebook page, guitarist Pete Joe Urban is now listed as a past member, and he doesn’t appear in the trippy new band photo by Adam Wallacavage (above). Catch Creepoid’s new lineup in action tomorrow night with Walter Schreifels at The Barbary. For tickets and more information about the show, check out XPN’s Concert Calender here.

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Philly goth punks Far-Out Fangtooth share a spooky new clip for “Admit It” ahead of tour kickoff

Photo by Adam Wallacavage Chandeliers via facebook.com/faroutfangtooth
Photo by Adam Wallacavage Chandeliers via facebook.com/faroutfangtooth

Creepy semi-naked people, smoke-filled swamps, and pitchforks all play a part in Far-out Fangtooth‘s new “Admit It” video. Taken from their sophomore release Borrowed Time, the track is definitely haunting enough to accompany the old, disturbing film footage. Before heading down to SXSW, the band will play two local shows: tonight at The Station Bar And Grill and Sunday night at Lucky 13 Pub, both in South Philly. Get details for tonight’s show here and Sunday’s here.

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Far-Out Fangtooth release video for “Beyond Your Bones” from their Borrowed Time LP, out today

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Borrowed Time, the new LP from Far Out Fangtooth, is out today | Photo by Adam Wallacavage via faroutfangtooth.com

Psychedelic post-punk outfit Far-Out Fangtooth have released the video for “Beyond Your Bones,” a track off of their sophomore LP Borrowed Time. Premiered on Stereogum, the hallucinogenic, image-driven motif is as creepy and disturbing as it is visually stunning. In Far-Out Fangtooth’s recent interview with The Key, the track is described as “a desolate, goth-like analysis of one’s place in the crowd,” and the video’s conglomeration of fleeting faces intertwined with distorted, focus-shifting color imagery manifests that theme well. As the song swells, so do the kaleidoscopic images in the video, and the result is a hazy, trippy dream. Far-Out Fangtooth celebrates the release of Borrowed Time at Boot and Saddle this Saturday; tickets and information on the show can be found here.

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Living on Borrowed Time with Philly goth-punks Far-Out Fangtooth (album release show 11/2 at Boot and Saddle)

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Photo by Justin Pittney

Far-Out Fangtooth’s, lead guitarist Nick Kulp was in a debilitating car accident. Bassist Tania Mesterhazy’s father passed away. Joe Kusy, the band’s rhythm guitar player, was unemployed for about three years, sending him into a depression. These are just a few of the unfortunate, rather traumatic, events that have shaped the feel of this goth-leaning neo-psych band.

“There are definitely things in our lives that we figured out after we became friends that we all related on,” Kulp says. “But it also comes from upbringing and earlier parts of life that have shaped the way we are now.”

An overtly dark and foreboding drone makes this four-piece sounding a bit morose on their second LP, Borrowed Time on Philly’s own Siltbreeze Records. Some of these burners brood like the night after a plague, others bore through ear canals like a gravedigger on a post-funeral afternoon. “Bow Your Head” is exactly the latter, starting the album like a king’s sudden call to arms and marches out with sizzling wah-guitar fuzz. “Beyond Your Bones” is a desolate goth-like analysis of one’s place in the crowd before being shrouded in walls of sound.

But Kusy and Kulp agree that the band is largely conceptual, portraying a feeling rather than making a firm statement or necessarily tell specific stories. “There’s a world where the music comes from,” Kusy adds. “It’s definitely coming from a certain place.”

Each member of Fangtooth are former art school students, which explains the high art sentiment. Continue reading →

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Far-Out Fangtooth set to release sophomore LP Borrowed Time 10/29, play Boot & Saddle 11/2

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Photo by Justin Pittney

Somewhere between dark, psychedelic stoner rock and smoldering post-punk darkness lies Philly based band Far-Out Fangtooth. Borrowed Time, the follow up to their debut LP Pure and Disinterested, will be released on October 29th via Siltbreeze. Recorded at Cobb Studio by Adam Cobb, the LP was produced, mixed and mastered all in Philadelphia. The band will hold its record release show at Boot & Saddle on November 2nd, joined by LODRO, Harsh Vibes, Zachary Devereux and Fairbrother; tickets for the 21+ show are available here

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Listen to “Bow Your Head,” the new single from Far-Out Fangtooth (playing Boot & Saddle on 11/2)

1239392_10152251706803018_1578892697_n “Bow Your Head” comes off of Far-Out Fangtooth‘s new LP Borrowed Time, set for release on October 29th through Siltbreeze Records.  The Philly-based psych / fuzz rock outfit went darker, deeper and doomier on the follow-up single to last month’s Mother Nature Fetish,” amping up the aggression and thrash levels while maintaining elements of warped melody and hypnotic swirls of noise.  Siltbreeze describes the new record as a bridge between “the fuzz / feedback pop of The Jesus & Mary Chain” and “the smoldering post-punk darkness of Sort Sol” mixed with “the crashing, echo-laden psychedelia of Five Day Week Straw People” – a heavy concoction to say the least.  Far-Out Fangtooth will celebrate the release of Borrowed Time at Boot & Saddle on November 2nd; tickets and information can be found here.  Listen to “Bow Your Head” below.

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Far-Out Fangtooth cover Iggy Pop’s “Funtime” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 2/17)

Philly noise rockers Far-Out Fangtooth channeled their inner seventies punk muses during an appearance on WNYU’s New Afternoon Show recently. During the on-air performance the local scuzz-punks covered Iggy Pop’s “Funtime” from his 1977 album The Idiot. Following the rock-out, Far-Out Fangtooth mentioned finishing up their second record and their plans for an April tour with Psychic Blood.  Listen to the full episode here (the interview occurs in the last quarter of the show) and stream the Iggy Pop cover below.  Tickets and information for their 21+ show with K-Holes, Call of the Wild and Hound at Johnny Brenda’s this Saturday, February 17th, can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Far-Out Fangtooth and Mount Eerie at the First Unitarian Church, Amon Tobin at The Electric Factory, Tygerstrype at Johnny Brenda’s

Philly noisemakers Far-Out Fangtooth have a strong affinity for mood and ambiance, crafting dark pop songs with rattling rock underbellies. It’s music can be as dreamy as it is unsettling, making it a perfect fit with Mount Eerie, which a few albums ago released a song that drew heavily from the theme to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Both bands play the First Unitarian Church tonight; the all-ages show begins at 8 p.m., admission is $12, tickets and information are available here. Below, listen to The Thorns, a 7″ that Far-Out Fangtooth released earlier this year.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Royal Baths + Far-Out Fangtooth at Kung Fu Necktie

Having celebrated the official release of their sophomore album, Better Luck Next Life, with a show last night in their new hometown of Brooklyn, the members of Royal Baths come to Philadelphia tonight for the first show in a nearly month-long tour. Royal Baths’ brooding, Velvet Underground-influenced garage/psych-rock should pair nicely with local openers Far-Out Fangtooth—a similarly gloomy garage-goth act whose debut LP, Pure And Disinterested, we highlighted last year (and who has a new 7-inch set for release in a few months). Royal Baths performs with Far-Out Fangtooth and Lantern (DJ set) at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $5.

Royal Baths – “Faster, Harder” from stereogum on Vimeo.

Also Playing: Bob Mould at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m., all ages, $22); A$AP Rocky + Grande Marshall at Theatre Of Living Arts (8 p.m., all ages, $27); Pete Donnelly + Pawnshop Roses, Gift Horse at Milkboy Philly (9 p.m., 21+, $10)

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This Weekend’s Picks: They Might Be Giants at TLA, Far-Out Fangtooth at Kung Fu Necktie, Ray LaMontagne at Mann Center

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FRIDAY, SEPT 30
They Might Be Giants finally released its new album, Join Us, after a four-year hiatus from the adult alternative scene. During that time off, the band released two children’s music albums; the genre is fitting for the New York City-based band, whose musical style tends to be unadulterated, feel-good rock. They Might Be Giants’ songs have unambiguous words that get straight to the point with consistently bright instrumentals. The lyrics often have heavy sentiments masked in major keys, causing them to stay sunny even when they’re, at their core, exceptionally cloudy. The band’s most recent album is a good example, with the accusatory song “When Will You Die,” which is an upbeat tune about a sociopath. They Might Be Giants performs at 8 p.m. Friday, September 30th, at Theater Of The Living Arts; tickets for the all-ages show are $27. —Caitlyn Grabenstein

Also Playing: XPN Welcomes Ray LaMontagne + Brandi Carlile, Dawn Landes at The Mann Center (7:30 p.m., all ages, $27.50–$47.50); Blood Feathers + Like A Fox, Matthew O’Neill at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); The Quelle Source (EP-release Show) + Wendy, Shorty Boy Boy at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $8); Toy Soldiers, Levee Drivers, The Lawsuits, Toddler Kat, Sherman at The Fire (9 p.m., 21+, $8)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
Philly-based quartet Far-Out Fangtooth celebrates the release of its debut album, Pure And Disinterested this Saturday night at Kung Fu Necktie. Though the album has been available via Siltbreeze Records (and Far-Out Fangtooth’s Bandcamp) for less than a week, the band has already established itself as one to watch in the area, thanks to its esoteric take on goth-chic and emphasis of better-than-you garage fuzz noise. After the release of its first 7-inch—which featured the droney tracks “Pathways” and “Why Don’t You Cry”—last year, the band has kept busy performing and recording its full-length debut. The result is a slightly more polished 11-track disc, emphasizing clearer percussion and guitar over the vague, foggy delirium that characterized the band’s earlier sound. Far-Out Fangtooth performs with Creepoid, Swimmers Ear, and The Trowels at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1st, at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.—Marielle Mondon

Also Playing: East Hundred + Jenny Owen Youngs, She Keeps Bees at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); House Bat + Univox, Faux Slang at Milkboy Philly (9 p.m., 21+, $5–$8); Primus at Tower Theatre (8 p.m., $47–$69.50); Psychedelic Furs + Tom Tom Club at Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., $29.50–$35); The Bangles + Antigone Rising at TLA (8 p.m., $32)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
The Horrors + The Stepkids at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $24–$34)