Record review: Giant Fang – ‘Kingdom’


With blog-buzz for fellow Glaswegians Chvrches reaching critical mass, Giant Fang aka musician and producer Douglas Wilson could be next to follow the catchy, electro-pop three-piece onto the radio.

With support from Radio 1’s Ally McCrae and production from Jamie Savage (The Phantom Band, Errors) Giant Fang makes enormous, punchy synth-pop with a hint of U2 or The Temper Trap in its summery swell.

On debut single ‘Kingdom’ the hook is almost too massive, threatening to burst out of the stereo and force your toes to tap but it’s tempered by a delay-heavy guitar that retools Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ as an ode to living life to its full potential.

Were it released a month or two closer to summer ‘Kingdom’ could be the ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ or ‘Sweet Disposition’ of 2013, a sweeping seasonal anthem to soundtrack barbeques, beach parties and festival sing-alongs alike.

If this is just the first taster it makes you wonder what exactly Wilson has kept in reserve to unleash upon us when summer finally hits.

Words: Max Sefton


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