The creation of Them Fangs
In 2011 songwriter Garrett Cillo met drummer Andrea Belfiore at the bustling Jazz Club Apotheke in New York’s Chinatown. At that time, Cillo was fresh out of CBGB-styled NY band Shoot The Freak, Belfiore was settling into Brooklyn after studying at Berklee’s College of Music in Boston. Their meeting was by chance and so began with the usual, “Where are you from, what do you do?” The two were different in many ways, mainly, Cillo had been raised in a bucolic Appalacian town while Belfiore grew up along the glimmering Italian coastline. Still, grown at different ends of the world, at that moment, they came together by one common thread: rock and roll.
The duo immediately setup a jam session in Belfiore’s apartment basement. Cillo’s Stooges-esque riff style meshed seamlessly with Belfiore’s wild, intricate rhythms. The guys could not ignore their musical compatibility and thus formed their first band, The VeeVees. At the start of The VeeVees, Cillo and Belfiore used their time to fine tune their musicianship and live act but soon outgrew their musical needs. The band needed more to support their evolving musicality and because of that the search for additional members began.
One rhythmic addition came in the form of Ukrainian-American bassist, and all around nice guy rocker, Artur “Art” Novoselsky. Art moved to NYC from Colorado looking to fulfill his creative aspirations. He began searching the local underground rock scene until he stumbled upon The VeeVees music. Never timid, he reached out to the band and asked to snap a few photos after one of The VeeVees underground gigs in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Once Art mentioned that, beyond photography, he played bass, the rest became history.
The formulated lineup of The VeeVees went on to wow crowds at places such as Lincoln Center, Irving Plaza, Afropunk Music Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and many more. They soon became a hallmark in NYC’s underground rock scene. Yet, by the spring of 2017, the band’s co-vocalist, Sophia Urista, informed the band she needed to leave NYC to pursue other creative endeavors. It didn’t feel right to replace Urista so The VeeVees disbanded leaving Garrett, Andrea, and Art in their own creative limbos. Contemplating their next steps, the trio remained determined to begin anew by joining forces. Their years of experience, growth, and musicianship together proved too vital to let go and laid the foundation for the creation of their new, finely tuned rock trio, THEM FANGS.
In a years time, Them Fangs toured America’s Northeastern coast, played to a capacity crowd at Mercury Lounge (NYC), enthralled the masses at Bowery Ballroom, performed at AIDS WALK NYC 2018, and released their 2018 Debut EP, Put Some Feels on It. It took only two months for that debut to gain 25,000+ streams worldwide. The band used their premiere’s momentum and booked pro-engineer and producer Roy Hendrickson (Avatar Studios/Power Station) to cut two new singles at Spring Recording Studio, LIC.