We’ve got a brand new British band to get your week off to a heavy rocking start in Kent’s Fang City. The three-piece have honed an energetic hard rock sound fuelled by dynamic riffs and intriguing lyrics – which they describe to us as “Bitchin’.”
The Kent trio is formed of Jonny (drums), who provided teacher training to Chris (guitar, vocals), who’s been friends and started learning to play music with Tristan (bass) since year 7. They started coming up with ideas for the band and music in January with the result being debut single Old Ways, which was released a couple of weeks ago.
The track starts off with a clicking noise, a big-drawn out guitar note then a huge fuzzy guitar riff and bouncy bassline supported by pounding drums that kicks it into life. Chris’ laid-back vocals “Ignorance sure is bliss when you’re flying high up in the sky, Reality warp, Distorted dreams, Things aren’t what they seem, Compulsive liar, You’re preaching to the choir if you think I’ll cease fire, All is well, Can’t you tell, I’m burning bridges and I just love the smell” take over.
That feeds straight into a cool chorus of “I don’t need your praise, Keep telling myself it’s just a phase, I guess I’m stuck in my old ways,” which ends with a return of the opening riff. More entertaining verse vocals follow and flow into a second chorus that gives way to a delicious little guitar riff. That drops into a bridge of higher-pitched vocals” There’s a riot in my mind and you’re in the police, I’m trying to settle down but I can’t find peace.” A last blast of the chorus is followed by an outro of lively guitars and rolling drums. Give this awesome track a listen in the video here:
On their debut track, Chris explains: “Old Ways was actually written in the dark due to a power cut that just went on forever. I was sat in the dark with a beer and an acoustic guitar when most of the riffs and lyrics came out.
“The inspiration for the song comes from experiencing and witnessing forms of addiction and seeing how it can totally warp your mind into thinking everything is fine when it’s probably not. I don’t want to talk about it too much but there was a time where I would constantly slip back into old habits, which is where Old Ways came from.
“I think people should prepare themselves for a riff that will blow their face off and maybe something they can relate to. Maybe power-cuts are the secret to writing mean riffs.”
The track comes from the band’s upcoming debut EP. On that, Chris adds: “We don’t have a confirmed release date just yet, but it has all been written, recorded and mixed/mastered so it shouldn’t be too long. There will be four songs in total even though we have around nine written. Not all of the songs on the EP are as in-your-face as Old Ways, I think there is something for everyone even though it all falls into the hard rock genre. There is a song called Karma on the EP that I predict will cause absolute chaos during live shows.”
Chris tells us his biggest influences are the likes of Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chill Peppers and Metallica, Jonny loves anything created by Dave Grohl and Tristan’s main inspiration is Cliff Burton.
And on what inspires their music, Chris says: “I am jealous of those songwriters who can sit down and go ‘right I’m going to write a song about trees today’ as my brain just doesn’t work that way. Lyrically, all the themes are thoughts or experiences I’ve had in my life and I wouldn’t be able to write in any other way.
“It could be a good thing though because people might connect more to the songs, which is the ultimate aim I guess. My phone is FILLED with sentences, words, verses etc that I use as a bank to pull from so I won’t be running out of ideas anytime soon. It goes back to 2014!”
We’re excited by what we’ve already heard from Fang City and there’s plenty more to come from the band. As Chris says: “The band is hungry and raring to go. I feel like a dog pulling on the lead trying to get to the park. We’re going to do as many shows as we can and we’ve still got other songs that need to be released. I can see a second EP by the end of the year and lots of gigs. Keep an eye out!
“We’re extremely grateful to anyone who takes the time to listen to us and give support, we honestly really appreciate it. We can’t wait for people to hear the EP when it comes out! In the mean time, check out Old Ways on streaming platforms and check the music video if you want to see the energy we bring to performances.”