Fang Island

Brooklyn, NY

Fang Island describes its sound as “everyone high-fiving everyone,” which is about as apt a description as one is likely to find of this Brooklyn fivesome's jubilant Math Rock soundscapes. Creatively hatched at longtime musical incubator Rhode Island School of Design, Fang Island's self-titled debut has drawn praise from every corner of the Internet, including the tastemakers of Pitchfork. But, again, it's the band's own words that remain incisive: It counts “friendship” and “summer” as its main influences, both of which are immediately apparent the second a song like “Daisy” kicks into gear, spreading guitar-shredding love in every direction. If the band's live show is anything like its recorded output, fist-pumps and smiles are guaranteed as far as the eye can see.

Dig It: Dan Deacon remixing My Bloody Valentine, Andrew W.K., an endless roller-coaster ride. (JG)