Wasted Fangs is the kind of entity that can only spring up from ground that's fertile with musical talent: Two dudes (Nick Garrison and John Hetherington) take a break from their main band (the ever-popular Knifight) to generate their own excellent, uniquely-styled EP.
Knowing what you know, you'd expect the "Wasted Fangs EP" to be something along the 80-ish/synth-powered lines that Knifight is famous for. Nope, these two have carved out their own sonic path; generating primarily acoustic-driven, shoe-gaze-ish numbers; some bearing a slightly-folksy feel ("When You Sleep"); some driving you to dance with their uniformly-excellent percs ("Smoke and Mirrors", "Slam Poetry 2k12"). But all these tracks bear riffs familiar enough to draw you in, melded into unique compositional shapes - all steering clear of typical ABA format - creating a brand new form that has all the ingredients you like, twisted and turned into something unknown, yet recognizable.
Great freshman release, great addition to your iPod. With a release this good, we're curious as to just how involved (or not) their subconscious was in taking on the name "Wasted Fangs".