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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.
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.
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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)
"Mother Nature Fetish," is the first single from the Philadelphia, PA-based psych rock band Far-Out Fangtooth's sophomore effort, Borrowed Time. Siltbreeze Records will be releasing the quartet’s forthcoming album on October 29th — which is perfect for a band whose sound manages to be so murky and nightmarish, as you’ll hear on the track. Although the band has been compared in some way to the Jesus and Mary Chain, I think their sound reminds me quite a bit more of Grave Babies and Bambara. They all possess that eerie, paranoid, fucked up feel — it’s the sound of madness and murder …
Photo by Justin Pittney ; Kenzington 2013
Our Next Show:
6/7 - PHILLY - Kung Fu Necktie w/A Place To Bury Strangers
Some Words from our show with The Warlocks from 4/25
"Far-Out Fangtooth played next and the word “eclectic” looking is a bit of an understatement, the lead singer and guitarist looks like he should be playing with The Allman Brothers, with his long hair and mutton chops. The drummer looks like he friends with Mike Myers in Wayne’s World (he also stood up for the entire set). The lead guitarist resembles an 80′s hair metal band member and the chick bassist could of been on tour with a grunge band in the 90′s. Fangtooth’s music sounds nothing like what I feel one would expect upon seeing them walk onto the stage, and it was enjoyable not only listening to their brand of upbeat rock’n roll, but also trying to imagine how all the members came into contact with each other when their influences seem so different.”
UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS:
We have a few shows left for 2012. Listed below are the dates, and links for details to each of the events.
10/27 - Philly - Live @ Westmoreland - Presented by the Committee to Keep Music Evil. FREE SHOW, streaming Free Beer, Halloween Show(wear your costumes)
(streaming live from the internet(10pm Eastern Time)
11/3 - BOSTON - Boston Hassle’s HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL
(for line-up and show times click the link below)
12/5- Philly - First Unitarian Church(Side Chapel) w/KING DUDE
A write up from The Key @ WXPN about our Spellbound performance last friday night.
"Philly psych-rockers Far-Out Fangtooth opened the show, their dark and relentless tunes transforming the venue into a vortex of goth-y doom. Dual vocalists/guitarists Nick Kulp and Joe Kusy wove bleak, angst-y soundscapes — the former channeling Robert Smith a bit with his spiky hair and brooding demeanor — while drummer Vince Alvaré pounded his floor tom and Tania Mesterhazy held things down on bass. The band’s 40-minute set passed like a fantastical trip into psych rock’s dark underbelly, shifting between insular and searching, merciless and aggressive, but remaining uncompromisingly spellbinding.”
SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SEPT/OCT 2012:
9/17 - Philly - First Unitarian Church w/Mount Eerie(ALL AGES)
10/11 - NY - Shea Stadium w/NAAM
10/12 - Philly - Johnny Brendas w/Bleeding Rainbow & Heavy Medical
Far-Out Fangtooth - Venus In Furs
Live 6/26/12 @ Johnny Brenda’s
Video Footage by C.Franks