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. Cillo was fresh out of CBGB-styled NY band Shoot The Freak, Belfiore was settling into Brooklyn after studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The two were different in many ways, mainly, Cillo was raised in a bucolic Appalachian town while Belfiore grew up along the glimmering Italian coastline. Still, grown at different ends of the world, their paths converged to serve a common purpose: rock and roll.
Embracing their musical compatibility the duo formed their premiere band, The VeeVees. After years of writing and live performances the band’s musicality evolved and so grew the need for collaboration. The expanding lineup soon included Ukrainian-American bassist, Artur Novoselsky. Being a recent transplant from Colorado, Novoselsky hung in the local rock scene when he happened upon The VeeVees music. Impressed with the band’s live energy Art made an introduction and the rest fell in line.
The formulated band went on to wow crowds at venues like Lincoln Center, Afropunk Musical Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and many more. Yet, by the Spring of 2017, the band’s co-vocalist, Sophia Urista, informed the band she needed to leave NYC. Deciding against disbandment the remaining trio chose to begin anew. With their years of musical foundation the ex-VeeVees returned stronger with the creation of their refined rock trio, THEM FANGS.
So far in 2019 the band has supported Reignwolf at a sold out show at Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, opened for rockers The Last Internationale at Rough Trade, NYC, and released a single, Life Do Change, which put their entire catalog over 100,000 streams on Spotify. Looking on, the band plans to release a new single and continue to tour new cities in the coming months.