“When we get comfortable we’re gonna have to find something else.”
It’s tough to decide whether Happy Fangs plays more mind games with their audience or with themselves. At first look, their brand of wacky seems only to be a product of the San Francisco music scene they represent, but in reality Happy Fangs is an intricate experiment with energy. The band’s sound and image are calculated to produce a specific response from the listener, but also seem to be games that Happy Fangs play with themselves in order to continuously inspire themselves to create new music. A trip to a Happy Fangs concert will always include an “insta-song”, an improvised song that the band writes live, on stage, from suggestions by the audience. Not only are they creating an intimate, unique show, but they are keeping the pressure on themselves and keeping distance from their comfort zone.
Happy Fangs’ album material is similarly the result of self- experimentation. The group is getting prepared to start work on a new album; when asked what stage of the process they’re in, they respond with “we’re writing a concept”. Essentially, Happy Fangs is still searching for new ways to keep themselves guessing and to foster the organic creation of music, offstage as well as on. Listen to the full interview to hear more about their experiments, as well as their experience in the San Francisco music scene and transitioning from a two-piece to a three-piece band.
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