American Fangs is easily one of Houston's most unsung bands. Their slinky, aggressive rock and roll is a stark contrast to the rest of the city's pop-core bands, but the Fangs haven't suffered any for it. The quartet has been on the road for the better part of the past year, building up a reputation for a devastating live show.
The Fangs are currently wrapping up their first LP and prepping for the rest of the year, which includes still more touring and generally trying to get their music out to as many people as possible. Thankfully, even almost three years into their history, lead singer Gabriel Cavazos says the quartet still enjoys being stuck together in a van for weeks or even months on end.
Chatter: You guys seem to have been on the road for the better part of the past year. What was it like pretty much dropping everything here in Houston to tour?
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Gabriel Cavazos: It started off as this fun way of saying, "Fuck it, let's forget about the past and present, quit our jobs and put all of our efforts into truly enjoying our music and life as we can picture it."
A few small steps and well-thought planning took us from having a home to living in a van touring the States three times over with bands like Sick Puppies, Saul Williams and, most recently, Deftones.
Every once in a while, you may hear someone say, "Dreams do come true," and you may think that's some Disney shit. The truth is that they do, but it usually involves tons of around-the-clock hard work, sacrifice and let-downs. Without the support of our friends and family, it would not only be impossible, but it would almost be pointless.
C: With a gaggle of dudes on the road for so long, any weirdness go down?
GC: During one tour, we hired a tour manager who got hammered and took the world's biggest piss on a club owner's vehicle in California, only to be caught, and he was then used as a human towel to have it cleaned. An even more awkward story was when our drummer, Micah Miller, got an awkward boner when he met Abe from the Deftones.
C: What's the plan for the rest of 2010?
GC: In the last year, a lot of producers have contacted us about tracking some tunes, and, between the touring and strife, we're tapping into some unique vibes in our music. We feel like we found ourselves through these events, and definitely while recording.
After our sessions with [producer] Machine, we thought that as dope as they sounded, we were being put into a mold that just wasn't us. We decided we should stick with the natural energy we created with Jerry Nettles, on the first EP, and finished it with him. We are currently working on the release date.
We'll be at the Afro-Punk Festival in Brooklyn this month to play with the Cool Kids and Bad Brains. After that we will be doing support for Story of the Year in early August.
Last week, the Texas Historical Commission approved R. Eric Davis's proposed text for the historical marker honoring legendary Texas bluesman Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins. The marker, which will be located on the grounds of Project Row Houses in Third Ward, will take about four months to be cast at the foundry. Davis is still taking donations for this fall's dedication ceremony through the Lightnin' Hopkins Marker Fund; contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another Houston blues legend, Little Joe Washington, has been moved from the surgical intensive care unit at Ben Taub Hospital to a private room following two surgeries to clear an obstructed bowel. Admitted May 23, Washington is now awake and, his friend Reg Burns says, eager to go home. Call Ben Taub's main switchboard at 713-873-2000 for visiting hours.
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1. Ratatat, LP4
2. The Flaming Lips/Stardeath & White Dwarfs, Dark Side of the Moon (LP)
3. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (LP)
4. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Before Today
5. Dara Puspita, 1966-1968
6. Zeena Parkins, Between the Whiles
7. Masakari, The Profit Feeds
8. Trap Them, Filth Rations
9. New Pornographers, Together
10. The Dead Weather, Sea of Cowards
1. Katy Perry, "California Gurls"
2. Usher feat. Will.i.am, "OMG"
3. B.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams, "Airplanes"
4. Lady Gaga, "Alejandro"
5. Ke$ha, "Your Love Is My Drug"
6. B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars, "Nothing On You"
7. Black Eyed Peas, "Rock That Body"
8. Shontelle, "Impossible"
9. Jason Derülo, "In My Head"
10. Rihanna, "Rude Boy"
(lists compiled by Chris Gray)
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