I first saw Fan-Tan this past summer, at a bizarre venue called Big Mouth in Bed-Stuy that turned out to be someone’s house. The bands played down the basement, graffiti art on all the walls, with cans of beer being sold out of the refrigerator in the kitchen upstairs. There were five or six bands on the bill that night, but one grabbed my attention and turned me into an instant follower; that band was Fan-Tan.
Singer and guitarist Ryan Lee creates a refreshing new-wave guitar sound and plays in a style that is both driving and laid-back at the same time. The best moments in Fan-Tan’s songs are when the driving bass of Sandee K, the pounding, fill-heavy drums of Mike Sherburn, and Lee’s cool-headed guitar sync up together like a crashing wave of sound. Their songs welcome melody with open arms and Lee’s vocals seem to float over top the musical interplay of their instruments.
They played an opening set Tuesday night at Pianos, an intimate but loud venue in the Lower East Side. Recently back home in New York from a trip to Los Angeles, they plowed through their set at Pianos, no doubt gaining a few more loyal followers. In talking to the band after they left the stage, and they revealed that 2013 is going to be a busy year for them, with an EP due out soon and a full length album due out later in the year. Be sure to check them out when they play Union Hall in Brooklyn on January 5!
You can check out their website and stream their song “Window” :