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.
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.
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)
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)
Today marks the official release of Far-Out Fangtooth’s debut LP, Pure And Disinterested, on Siltbreeze Records. The 11-song LP—which you can stream for free via Bandcamp until the record-release show Saturday, October 1st, at Kung Fu Necktie—follows up on the local rock quartet’s first 7-inch, which came out in August 2010. Back then, we noted:
“They dress in all black. The wear sunglasses at night. And they make a point of telling you how disinterested they are. Yup, the members of local garage-goth quartet Far-Out Fangtooth have that whole detached thing pretty much down pat. Fitting, then, that the two lo-fi tracks on the band’s debut 7-inch (released earlier this year on Ian Records) are dripping with reverb and droning vocals; if the band was trying to impart a sense of distance, it has certainly succeeded.”
Well, as far as titles go, you can’t get much more disinterested than Pure And Disinterested. But the album itself is significantly more compelling than its predecessor. That might have something to do with Far-Out Fangtooth’s decision to dial the reverb down a little bit, allowing the punchy drums and fuzzed-out guitars to shine through the ambient haze the band usually ensconces itself in. You can listen to the album (and watch the video for “Red Hawk Desert”) below. 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.
The Spooks & Far-Out Fangtooth Heading Out on a Midwest and Southern U.S. Tour “Local music pals The Spooks and Far-Out Fangtooth are hitting the road together as they make their way down and through SXSW. They’ll be starting the tour this Wednesday night when they invade Cleveland, OH. It’s a 20+ show tour that will take the bands through the Midwest and the South. You can check out the rest of their schedule as well as purchase tickets here. And if you have any friends in those cities, tell them to come out and party Philly style! (Vomiting is optional, but highly recommended to avoid alcohol poisoning.)” (nyc.thedelimagazine.com)
Plenty Tough, Union Made “Rock and roll renaissance man Jon Langford sang the Waco Brothers’ ‘Plenty Tough – Union Made’ at a We Are Wisconsin rally in Madison, Wisc. on Saturday, protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to crackdown on labor union’s collective bargaining rights. (No, not that Scott Walker. This Scott Walker.) A couple of weeks back, Langford put on a typically tremendous show at the North Star Bar. Next week, he’ll be all over SXSW in Austin, Texas.” (philly.com)
7 Ways Most Non-Famous Musicians Make a Living “When we think about what it means to make a living as a musician many people still conjure up ideas of selling plastic discs and endlessly touring the country. Well, that’s perhaps how things work at the top, but what about near the middle? Suzanne Lainson of BrandsPlusMusic has written a short overview of the more traditional ways that musicians make money and the paradox of taking such sources of income.” (Hypebot.com)
They dress in all black. The wear sunglasses at night. And they make a point of telling you how disinterested they are. Yup, the members of local garage-goth quartet Far-Out Fangtooth have that whole detached thing pretty much down pat. Fitting, then, that the two lo-fi tracks on the band’s debut 7-inch (released earlier this year on Ian Records) are dripping with reverb and droning vocals; if the band was trying to impart a sense of distance, it has certainly succeeded. In fact, while listening to “Pathways,” it’s easy to imagine the band simply dropping their instruments midway through the song, walking out of the studio, and moping through the streets of Philadelphia on a moonless, starless night. Because, you know, they’re just so dark, man. Far-Out Fangtooth performs with Gondola, Fan Tan, and Acid Kicks at 9 p.m. at Silk City; tickets to the show are $7.
The fact that their forthcoming album release date got pushed back by a few months should give you even more incentive to see Philly’s Bleeding Rainbow tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The punk quartet will no doubt be playing tracks from Yeah Right (which comes out on January 29th through Kanine Records) when they take the stage with Far-Out Fangtooth and Heavy Medical. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10; doors open at 8:00 p.m. and music starts at 9:15 p.m. Watch the video for Bleeding Rainbow’s single “Pink Ruff” below.
Philadelphia’s Nick Kulp first got our attention leading the spectral punk band Far Out Fangtooth, and briefly joined the ranks of Creepoid before launching his newest project about a year and a half ago. Lunacy resides in the delicate-yet-unsettling zone of atmospheric synthesizer beauty and a distant dissonany menace; think of it as having one leg in industrial, one leg in ambient. The band’s DISPOSITION EP just came out yesterday on Mental Healing tapes — grab yourself a copy over at Bandcamp — and just released a music video for “Conjure,” which you can watch below. It mixes graceful theatrical clips with occult imagery in a surreal haze. Lunacy plays a release party tonight at Kung Fu Necktie upstairs; get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →