Aftermath Photo from our Record Release show 11/2 @ Boot and Saddle
Photo by Grey Haas
Aftermath Photo from our Record Release show 11/2 @ Boot and Saddle
Fire Note Says: Fires burn and cauldrons bubble as Far-out Fangtooth continue atmospheric amp worship on Borrowed Time.
Album Review: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to wander into the castle laboratory of Dr. Frankenstein? The Philly foursome known as Far-out Fangtooth try to provide the best answer they can to that question. Inspired by the love of drone-fuzz amp worship, gothic erotica, and dark psychedelics, Far-out Fangtooth grace us with their presence once again on Borrowed Time, the follow-up to their 2011 debut Pure & Disinterested.
One of Borrowed Time’s main strengths is its sense of atmospheric balance. It no secret that these track are dense, packed with expression, changes in texture, and interesting instrumentation. But just as important is the album’s focus on vast vistas and hypnotic hollows. First track “Bow Your Head” makes you want to don a hooded robe as it leads you into the deep forest where mysterious rituals take place. The keys to the song’s success are the rasp-driven shouts that mimic Alex Mass’ vocals (The Black Angels) as well as the underpinning of female vocals that nod to Black Mountain. “Mother Nature Fetish” is another standout, taking two vocalists and putting them in a haunting, fuzzy, scuzzy quarrel. Pair that with a sexy, glossy post-punk momentum and a druggy haze and that tension is no longer a problem. “Green Hands” takes a rolling drone approach, but the secret ingredient is the swirl underneath, accompanied by guitar interludes that are blooms within blooms.
Far-out Fangtooth are always atmospheric cosmonauts and they can sometimes focus on it at the expense of healthy songwriting. But Borrowed Time is able to avoid this problem with its constant sonic surprise. “Admit It” catches the ear with dark, Persian guitar arrangements, while the many of the songs I didn’t mention have their own highs and lows in equal measure. Final track “Stretch/Lips,” for instance, combines woozy vocal cries, gentle, molten rhythms, druggy churns, and a landing U.F.O to signify the end of humanity, only to buck the trend during the guitar-driven, noise wash monster of a coda that mashes its way to the end of the track’s six-minute run time.
I was really ready to discredit Far-out Fangtooth—I couldn’t understand what I didn’t know. But after relaxing my mind for a few extra listens, I realized my thirst for sonic sustenance had been quenched. Borrowed Time is a showcase for the cleaner, leaner, and meaner Far-out Fangtooth. The same central vision is there, but subtle surprises are always lurking around the corner. Like a slimy tentacle from the nether-verse Far-out Fangtooth could easily grab you for another spin.
Key Tracks:“Mother Nature Fetish,” “Green Hands,” “Admit It”
Artists With Similar Fire:The Cramps / Night Beats / The Velvets
Far-Out Fangtooth’s debut showed the promise of a band locked into a Sonic Youth-indebted raw 90’s rock. It was enjoyable but had room for the band to come into themselves as songwriters and that’s precisely what they do on the follow up Borrowed Time. Glossing up the production and graduating further into the folds of shoegaze and psychedelia, the album seethes with a dark current that rolls along the surface like fog. They utilize a tightly wound clang and percussive rumble to propel the album’s storm of keys and guitars caught in a sonic mesh of feedback and swirl. The overall vicious growl of noise paired with the breathy intensity of their vocal delivery sets the tone for Borrowed Time to build its gothic-psych pillars to new heights. Ultimately the album ends up a rainy day necessity that often trembles with pent up energy and pays off well when it unleashes like a torrent on the listener.
Far-Out Fangtooth: Borrowed Time[Siltbreeze]
Warbling psych rock with near-demonic vocal delivery—that’s what you get on “Bow Your Head”, the opening track from Borrowed Time. But don’t let that give you the impression that Far-Out Fangtooth live on the most amorphous fringe of the psychedelic spectrum. Though they implement a sound that’s occasionally spacey with occasionally freaked out effects, the bedrock of their sophomore album is their hypnotically catchy melodies. Sometimes they deliver a quicker song with a fuzzed out back end (“Get Around”), and sometimes, they find a surprising amount of ringing clarity (“Admit It”). It’s a sonically diverse, consistently captivating listen.
'Borrowed Time' was reviewed in the latest issue of Magnet Magazine - receiving 8 out of 10 stars. Click to see the review in full.
Philly Nov. 2 2013
Photo By: Carly Franks
Stereogum Premieres our video for “Beyond Your Bones”
Shot and Edited by Robert Orlowski
Initially conceived as a fanzine way back in 1987, Siltbreeze Records founder, Tom Lax, has spent a sizable chunk of his efforts rummaging through the blot of the noise-rock landscape as artists such as Halo of Flies, The Dead C, Strapping Fieldhands, Mike Rep and even Guided by Voices, have all sprung up seemingly overnight from the obscurest of depths to achieve cult-worthy prominence amongst followers of his label. One must hand it to Lax, whose hyper-vigilance for said artists may have never reached fruition elsewhere had it not been for his eclectic preferences. Enter: Borrowed Time, the second long-player from Far-Out Fangtooth.
Following up on their 2011 debut, Pure & Disinterested, an album that strayed from the beaten path into amp-worshipping territory, the quartet’s latest record continues its onslaught, this time with an effervescent murk that rumples the hard edges. At first glance, the decaying green and red hues of the album’s cover subtly emit Fangtooth’s twilight-induced psychosis that soon comes full throttle within the first couple moments of the opening track, “Bow Your Head.” The song teeters on the brink of pagan-bombed witchery with a mystical froth and tribal stomp not felt since the late ‘80s New York blast-rock of Live Skull and Band of Susans. As the fist-pounding ruckus trudges forth in gobs of buzz and raggedness, a searing guitar line rips through the song’s clouded exterior while echoed vocals barely croak below its gauze-soaked surface.
Down the stretch, “Scalp” will leave hair standing on end, while the shape-shifting howls of “Stretch/Lips” and “Get Around” add rather potent fumes to an already toxic exhaust. While it’s not exactly breaking news that the underground circuit in recent years has enjoyed a resurgence amongst fuzz-rock revivalists thanks to acts such as Times New Viking, Sic Alps and Thee Oh Sees, the inclusion of Borrowed Time into the sequence warrants yet another notch in its eroded belt line.
Stream Far-Out Fangtooth’s Shadowy Horror-Fuzz Album ‘Borrowed Time’
Philly post-punks’ second LP lands on October 29 by way of Siltbreeze
Far-Out Fangtooth PHOTO BY ADAM WALLACAVAGE
Far-Out Fangtooth first took shape in 2009, as a collective that bonded over B-movies and avant-garde weirdness. Since then, the Philadelphia outfit has doubled its number of permanent members (from two to four), and let loose a few collections of festering, psychedelic post-punk. A self-released tape led to a self-titled 7-inch, which helped beget a debut full-length, Pure & Disinterested, in 2011. Now, Far-Out Fangtooth are doling outBorrowed Time, a nine-track platter of churning goth-grit that arrives on October 29 viaSiltbreeze Records. Produced by Justin Pittney (who recorded 2012’s three-song The Thorns EP) and mixed by Jeff Ziegler (whose previous credits include fellow Philly fixtureKurt Vile), the upcoming LP is streaming in full right here at SPIN. Scroll down to marvel at the feedback-filled horror show. Pre-orders for Borrowed Time are currently available through iTunes.
FAR OUT FANGTOOTH RECORD RELEASE SHOW (SAT 11/2/13)
w/ LODRO, HARSH VIBES, & ZACHARY DEVEREUX FAIRBROTHER
AT THE BOOT AND SADDLE, SOUTH PHILA
LISTEN TO THE NEW FAR-OUT FANGTOOTH TRACK “BEYOND YOUR BONES”
By Noisey Staff
It’s clear that Far-Out Fangtooth love their drugs, or are at least great at faking it. In the latest track from their forthcoming sophomore LP, “Beyond Your Bones” touches on shoegaze-y darkness, embracing tribal drums and a similar drone-y, drug-hazed repetition that surfaced with Liars circa Drum’s Not Dead. Stream it below and look for the track on their forthcoming Borrowed Time, due via Siltbreeze on October 29th.
Far-Out Fangtooth is on the road in the first part of November at the dates below.
Far-Out Fangtooth on tour
11/01 Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio *
11/02 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle (Official Release Show) *
11/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox ^
11/04 Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
11/05 Detroit, MI – Lager House
11/06 Chicago, IL – The Whistler
11/07 Columbus, OH – Cafe Bourbon St. #
* = w/ Grooms, LODRO
^ = w/ Night Beats
# = w/ Pink Reason
NOV. TOUR DATES Above ^
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"Borrowed Time" is out next month 10|29|13 on Siltbreeze Records
STREAM “BOW YOR HEAD” via CMJ.com
Philly hair-growers and music-makers Far-Out Fangtooth are gearing up for their upcoming October release, Borrowed Time. Last month the band shared the space-jangle singleMother Nature Fetish and today they’ve followed it up with Bow Your Head.
The track is a clogged free fall of tunnel-vision guitars and ominous, sacrificial sounding drums. And yeah, some drunkenly snotty vocals. Not toddler snotty or Johnny-Rotten-talking-to-PETA snotty, but like, I-don’t-need-a-tissue snotty. I don’t mean to be demanding, but you guys should probably listen to this.
Tracklist For Borrowed Time:
01. Bow Your Head
02. Mother Nature Fetish
03. Beyond Your Bones
04. Green Hands
05. Get Around
06. Admit It
08. Girl (Like You)