With Halloween around the corner, you’d be wise to be wary of all things nightmarish and villainous coming your way. But we fully recommend you allow Bath band The Fangs Of The Dodo to guide you through their dystopian fairground of ghoulish monstrosity.
Armed with an eye-catching name and interesting outfits to boot, the genre-bending, progressive and effervescent newcomers will keep you pleasantly, if a little nervously, surprised, and promise an “electric” live show.
Their latest single Pretty Please is a lively, catchy rock song, but what you get from the band seems to differ from track to track. And even within tracks. More on that in a moment.
Pretty Please opens up with a delicious little bouncy riff, which kicks on with the addition of lively drums. It drops into a verse of engaging vocals “Fable has it that long ago man’s main drive was to get down below, Well nothing’s changed, It plagues our thoughts every waking day, Uncontrollable obscenities, Of course I’m deranged.”
A little pre-chorus gives way to a funky chorus of “Oh I pray, Kind lady, Fuck me now, Fuck me now, And thank me later, Oh I pray, Kind lady, Fuck me now,” then a final cry of “Fuck me” drops into the opening riff.
A second chorus drops into a little guitar solo, then repeats of “This demolition is making way for more nutrition, She looks at me eyes wide with anticipation I can’t believe, I can’t believe the superstition, Say pretty please, loving is my super mission” supported by a little bassline build towards a little rocky outro.
An edgy building section of doomy bass and drums builds up with a spinning fast-paced guitar, everything suddenly drops and launches into a big gothic final chorus. It’s awesome, and you can check it out in the sexy video below:
There’s an unexpected heavier edge to The Fangs Of The Dodo that comes across in their huge debut track Please Don’t Feed The Vultures, which sees the band utilise their dual male and female vocals. It opens up with high-pitched drawn-out female vocals, then big smashes of guitar and a little flickering guitar sound see the vocals intensify before huge guitars and crashing cymbals kick in over heavier vocals “Please don’t feed the vultures, Overhead.”
A cool guitar lick takes over as the drawn-out female vocals continue “Down below limps a feast, Licking the wounds buzzards had bled, Filled to the brim, beaks spattered red, Smug all the while, others go unfed,” then smashes into another big chorus. Check it out in the awesome video below:
And back to that point about changing things up mid-song, brings us to My Evil Twin. It opens with the light, but excellent vocals “My evil twin stole my girlfriend and she didn’t even notice, My evil twin robbed a bank and then I was put in jail and she didn’t even notice thinking I was him.” While the second verse “My evil twin scored some cocaine and then I was put in rehab, My evil twin shot a lady, leaving my prints at the crime scene and everybody noticed, Now I’m on the run.”
A little chorus gives way to evil laughs and a big cry of shut up, which gives way to a big smash of guitars before dropping into the chorus. Check it out below:
To find out more we had a chat with guitarist Fionn McGuinness – but whether he’s Count Dodo, Cinder, The Guardsman, The Prisoner or HAZARD we’re as yet unsure.
GR: Who are The Fangs of the Dodo?
FM: “No one knows the full address of the Fangs headquarters, but some believe the co-ordinates are listed as follows:
37°14′0″N 115°48′30″W / 37.23333°N 115.80833°W / 37.23333; -115.80833
“Little is known about how the band first met, some say they have been touring since the fall of Byzantium. Great gig. If a little dusty.”
GR: Pretty Please is out now. What should people be expecting from the song?
FM: “People should expect a big, bouncy, rude ride of a song! The inspiration was – big, bouncy and rude!”
GR: We like the sound of that! How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
FM: “Fangs is best described as a psychopath’s take on modern rock.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
FM: “It is said that the process for writing a hit Fangs song involves a late breakfast, some brawling, a rhyming thesaurus and a can of industrial paint thinner.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
FM: “Fangs have often cited their major influences as Queens of the Stone Age, Muse and their collection of industrial paint thinner.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
FM: “There have been some rumours of a European tour and a new record underway. According to sources, Fangs had also planned a homecoming tour of the underworld, but have had to postpone this due to the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.”