Last Friday night at Slims in San Francisco a horde of rockers and metal fans congregated to pay tribute and witness some amazingly heavy music. Headlining the show was the Portland OR rock troupe Red Fang, with support from Big Business and one of the best new bands to come out of Austin TX, American Sharks.
Even though American Sharks only has one album out so far, they tore through the room at Slims with an equal balance of wit and intensity. With his long curly locks flowing in the wind like some sort of majestic rock god the Sharks frontman won over countless new fans with fast crunchy riffs and taking time out after songs to talk with the crowd about conversations with his mother.
Next on the stage was the sludge metal trio Big Business. Originally from Seattle WA, and now residing in Los Angeles, Big Business commanded the room with an onslaught of growling vocals and distorted guitars. Having just come through Slims with The Sword in March, the Bay Area crowd already knew what they were getting into.
Closing out the show and Making what seems like their annual trip to Slims was Red Fang. Working mostly from their newest album “Whales and Leeches” and “Murder The Mountains” Red Fang took an already unruly crowd and sent them into hyper mode. Crushing through tracks like “Number Thirteen” and “Into The Eye”, Red Fang incited more moshing and crowd surfing than I have ever witnessed at Slims. There were several times during the 90 minute set where Aaron Beam had to take a side stage stance to prevent himself from being kicked in the face from an un coordinated crowd surfer. However this didn’t slow down the massive mayhem that was unleashed upon the room.
Red Fang are continuing their US tour through the middle of June, and then will be heading over seas to lay waste to Germany, Italy, and France.