Stomping Grounds: Fang Island (Brooklyn, New York)
Brooklyn’s beloved guitar-anthem optimists Fang Island return in July (the 24th via Sargent House) with an album befitting its title: Major. Major is hefty, solid, monolithic and regal. Its warm harmonies are given proper berth with more expansive dynamics and focused pop song craft. And throughout, Major, Fang Island highlights the band’s endeavor to elevate positivity as an art form. Naturally, when we asked guitarist Chris Georges about his New York home, he had lots of positive things to say. Here are some of them…
1. What’s your town’s nickname?
2. What’s your nickname for your town?
3. Why do you live there?
My apartment is crazy cheap for Brooklyn. The neighborhood chicken is really good too.
4. Did you grow up there? If not, what brought you there?
No I grew up in California. I moved to Brooklyn to be with my friends and play more music with my friends.
5. What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you there?
The day I got back from our tour with The Flaming Lips I took a shower and in the time I got in and stepped out there had been a hurricane that knocked down everything in my backyard and every tree in the park.
6. What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
The bootleg cigarette bodegas.
7. What is your favorite local event or festival?
Puerto Rican Pride Day.
8. What is the best time of year to be there?
Summer. Stoop culture is in full swing.
9. Who is your favorite local celebrity?
The guy who sells boa constrictors out of a suitcase on the street.
10. Where is the best place to drink and what’s their specialty or happy hour?
Gotham City Lounge. They’re comic book themed and have a Marvel vs Capcom arcade.
11. Who has the best jukebox (and what’s in it)?
I think Cain’s Tavern had a good jukebox. Gun Club’s “Fire of Love” was in it which is a quality I like in a jukebox.
12. Do you play music there? If so, where is your favorite place to play?
We have never played in Bushwick. But I like Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan a lot.
13. Does where you live influence your music?
I’ve never had a better time in another city. I’ve also been exposed to so much music here. Those traits definitely inspire me to want to make new music.
14. What is your favorite place to see live music and what was your favorite show there?
I saw the Butthole Surfers play on New Year’s Eve at Music Hall of Williamsburg. That was really fun.
15. What is your favorite local band?
16. What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
Jackson Diner in Jackson Heights. My favorite Indian food in the city! Their lunch buffet is really good. I like really spicy Aloo Ghobi.
17. What is your favorite record store and what was your best find there?
Record Grouch in Greenpoint. I bought the entire Sparks catalog there.
18. What is your favorite local publication (alternative weekly, zine, website or blog)?
New York Times Sunday Edition.
19. What is your favorite local shop?
The bodega across the street from my house. I also like looking at the guitars in Main Drag Music.
20. If you could live anywhere else, where would that be?