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EDITORS’ NOTES

With their second studio album, Portland’s Red Fang bypass the ‘80s by blending sludgy riff-rock of early-‘70s proto-metal bands with the gritty garage-rock distortion of the Pacific Northwest’s early-‘90s underground music scene. But even with song titles like “Dirt Wizard” and “Human Herd,” Red Fang can’t be lumped in with the uniform trappings of so many stoner-rock bands — the former sounds more inspired by Tad and the latter rocks with smart-but-simple song dynamics, not unlike the catchier numbers from the first Queens of the Stone Age album. And as catchy as Red Fang’s songs prove to be, the band’s penchant for ear-pounding heaviness is hardly sacrificed. “Wired” rocks like Black Sabbath, especially with David Sullivan’s nod to Master of Reality-era Tony Iommi), and “Throw Up” builds a monolith wall of sludge not heard since Tumwater, Washington’s Karp were still making records. The bonus-track reworking of Wipers’ “Over the Edge” gets put through an early-‘90s Melvins filter to sound like a Red Fang original.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their second studio album, Portland’s Red Fang bypass the ‘80s by blending sludgy riff-rock of early-‘70s proto-metal bands with the gritty garage-rock distortion of the Pacific Northwest’s early-‘90s underground music scene. But even with song titles like “Dirt Wizard” and “Human Herd,” Red Fang can’t be lumped in with the uniform trappings of so many stoner-rock bands — the former sounds more inspired by Tad and the latter rocks with smart-but-simple song dynamics, not unlike the catchier numbers from the first Queens of the Stone Age album. And as catchy as Red Fang’s songs prove to be, the band’s penchant for ear-pounding heaviness is hardly sacrificed. “Wired” rocks like Black Sabbath, especially with David Sullivan’s nod to Master of Reality-era Tony Iommi), and “Throw Up” builds a monolith wall of sludge not heard since Tumwater, Washington’s Karp were still making records. The bonus-track reworking of Wipers’ “Over the Edge” gets put through an early-‘90s Melvins filter to sound like a Red Fang original.

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About Red Fang

Based out of Portland, Oregon, Red Fang captures the loud and fast, anything-goes spirit of classic rock with their heavy stoner-influenced jams. The quartet, consisting of Bryan Giles, Aaron Beam, David Sullivan, and John Sherman, make guitars the focus of their gimmick-free brand of driving rock & roll, eschewing any prog leanings and putting the emphasis on the riffs. The sound is tied together by a sense of punk urgency that spurs the stoner jams into action and gets the songs moving at a raucous gallop. The band made their debut in 2009 with a self-titled album released by Sargent House. For their follow-up, they struck up an unlikely partnership, heading into the studio with producer and multi-instrumentalist for the Decemberists, Chris Funk. The move would pay off for the band, who would release their second album, Murder the Mountains, on Relapse in 2011. The band revisited the partnership again for their third album, Whales and Leeches, which arrived in the fall of 2013. The following year saw the band perform on the Late Show with David Letterman -- musical director Paul Shaffer even sat in with the group -- and in 2016, they released their much anticipated fourth studio LP Only Ghosts, again via Relapse. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    Portland, OR
  • FORMED
    2005

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