NYMN interviews Jason Bartell of Fang Island and asks him about movies, Rhode Island, and Ned Flanders. Fang Island is playing this Thursday at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
NYMN: Your music has been called “life-affirming”, “killer fun”, and “brimming with infectious enthusiasm”. What makes you mad? There is no way you’re this happy all the time. Even Ned Flanders had a breaking point
Jason: I am pretty ding-dong-doodily-delighted, all the time.
NYMN: I first heard Fang Island when I watched the music video for “Daisy”. Is “Daisy” Fang Island in a nutshell? Or is it was Fang Island was before Major?
Jason: “Daisy” was originally a theme song for a pilot we were pitching to Adult Swim called That’s Soooooooooo Fang Island! This was in 2004, its where the band name comes from.
Jason: Is that a beach?
NYMN: Getting back to Major, it has been nearly a month since the album was released. You’ve had some time after the album’s release to be a band with a sophomore album completed. What’s the next step in your band’s evolution?
Jason: I’m not big on spoilers, I can say that we have a very detailed plan for the next 20 years of Fang Island, complete with b-stories and plot twists.
NYMN: The band is headquartered in Brooklyn now. Why Brooklyn? What is it about Brooklyn that works for your band, versus, a place like Rhode Island for example?
Jason: As you know, Fang Island is a “beach band”, and Rhode Island had the best beaches we had ever seen, second only to Brooklyn.
NYMN:You have an upcoming show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Does this concert feel like a “home game” to you?
Jason: Its a 5 minute walk from my home, so in that way yes.
NYMN: Finally, the band is made up of folks from Little Rhody, aka Rhode Island. Here are a few rapid fire Rhode Island questions:
Have you ever called a drinking or water fountain a bubbler? Never.
Have you ever walked across the state? No.
Favorite Farrelly Brothers movie set in Rhode Island: Outside Providence; There’s Something About Mary; Dumb and Dumber; Me, Myself, and Irene; or Hall Pass? Shallow Hal
Three adjectives to describe Rhode island? Sunny, Sandy, Band-y