Stoner metal powerhouse, Red Fang, starts off June with a short headlining tour before meeting up with The Sword on their home turf. Both bands play Baltimore on June 21 at Baltimore's Sonar. For this show, and a couple others, they will be joined by Liquid Metal favorites, Kyng from Los Angeles.
These three bands sharing one stage is almost too much to comprehend. The evening will be ruled by beer bellies, big beards, heavy guitar riffs and clean melodic masculine vocals. If this show only had a BBQ going in the alley and a burnout contest in the parking lot, my sweaty, rocking' redneck-y evening would be complete.
My first exposure to Red Fang was on a Relapse Records sampler. The song was "Number 13" from their album Murder the Mountains. As someone who listens to a lot of death and black metal, Red Fang's massive, swinging sound stood out to me as somehow "Southern." It wasn't what I usually listened to but, hey, I really liked what I heard. I can listen to both kinds of music, HEAVY and METAL, can't I? And Red Fang was definitely heavy.
Only later did I learn this stoner metal group hails from Portland, Oregon. I put them on my list of bands I needed to see live. And I hate myself for missing their sold out show at the 9:30 Club in the fall of 2011 when they toured with Mastodon. What did it matter that I had a final paper to write?
I can nearly forgive myself now, as Red Fang embarks on a short tour with another heavy stoner metal band, The Sword, form Austin, Texas. The combination of Red Fang with The Sword should bring out an interesting crowd of PBR-drinking, long-haired biker types.
If that were not enough, Red Fang, through Relapse Records, has also re-released their Murder the Mountains recodin in a limited edition Pizza Picture. That's right. Side A of the disc features a picture of the Red Fang Pizza, an actual menu item featured at Relapse Records owner Matt Jacobson's restaurant Sizzle Pie, which has two locations in Portland, Oregon. The B-Side of the disc features an image of a trash heap of the band's drink of choice PBR, pizza crusts and bloody band-aids. (Ewwwuh.) The exclusive disc is available for purchase HERE.
I had the chance to speak with Red Fang's guitarist Bryan Giles recently, and he told some interesting stories about their recent European tour with Black Tusk (another band I need to see live). The conversation ranged from the importance of funding art in public schools to wardrobe and hygiene while on tour. You can listen to the conversation here. (Thanks for the chat, Bryan.)
Red Fang headling dates include:
June 12: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
June 13: Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe
June 14: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
June 16: Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
Red Fang mini-tour supporting The Sword dates include:
June 17: Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds (feat. Honky)
June 18: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues Parish (feat. Honky)
June 19: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (feat. Kyng)
June 20: Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade (feat. Kyng)
June 21: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (feat. Kyng)
June 22: Westchester, PA @The Note (feat. Kyng)
"Orion Music + More Festival"
6/23: Atlantic City, NJ @ Bader Field
7/5: Gävle, Sweden @ Getaway Rockfest
7/6: Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival
7/7: Osnabruck, Germany @ Bastard Club
7/8: Colmar, France @ Le Grillen
7/10: Marburg, Germany @ KFZ
7/11: Oldenburg, Germany @ Amadeus
7/12: Ballenstedt, Germany @ Rock Harz Festival
7/13: Erfurt, Germany @ Stoned From The Underground
7/14: Nijmegen, Netherlands @ De Affaire
7/15: Dour, Belgium @ Dour Festival
7/16: Versailles, France @ Royale Festival
7/17: Bordeaux, France @ Heretic Club
7/18: Toulouse, France @ Dynamo
7/19: Gigors Et Lozeron @ Gigors Electric
7/20: Lodi, Italy @ Festival
7/21: Tonsberg, Norway @ Slottsfjell Festival
7/22: Barcelos, Portugal @ Milhões de Festa
7/24: Karlsruhe, Germany @ Die Stadtmitte
7/25: Audun-le-Tiche, France @ Entr'pot
7/26: Saarbrucken, Germany @ Kleiner Club Garage
7/27: Viersen, Germany @ Eier Mit Speck Festival
7/28: Berlin, Germany @ Greenville Festival
7/29: Prague, Czech Rep @ Matrix
7/30: Budapest, Hungary @ Durer Kert
8/1: Graz, Austria @ Generalmusikdirektion
8/2: Munchen, Germany @ Backstage
8/3: Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air Festival
8/4: Pori, Finland @ Porifestival
9/5: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater