Sure, stoner metal titans Red Fang may be well known because of their ridiculously charming music videos, but that doesn't mean they don't know how to blow out a crowd's goddamn eardrums. The band stopped through Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg for a stop on their current Situation: Awesome tour and we're still reeling from the volume.
The night kicked off with American Sharks out of Austin, TX. Their tunes were crunchy, their riffs were solid, and their onstage banter was charmingly cheesy, including multiple mentions of living with their parents and "warming up" onstage.
Sludgy Seattleites Big Business came next, with a powerful set full of chest-thumping bass and ear-splitting riffage. Longtime fans crowded the stage as the band plowed through a chugging, hourlong show. The performance culminated as Jared Warren and Scott Martin dropped their instruments and descended into the pit for an a cappella chant. The crowed roared as the volume faded, but the break didn't last long.
Red Fang took the stage and committed a total aural assault on the audience. The Portland band consists of Bryan Giles on guitar and vocals, Aaron Beam on bass and vocals, David Sullivan on lead guitar, and John Sherman on drums. Kicking off with Murder the Mountains track "Malverde," they careened from tune to tune like wild hyenas, stopping briefly to tear a song to shreds before moving on to the next one. A few songs in, Whales and Leeches single "Blood Like Cream" elicited a guttural roar from the crowd as dudes piled into the pit from all sides.
Bryan Giles stopped every now and again to introduce a song, saying, "This song is about trying to get a cab in New York City," right before cutting into "No Hope" (Get it? No hope?), but they kept the energy high and continued pummeling the front rows with brutal riffs and incomprehensibly rad solos.
The show never slowed long enough for the band to leave the stage and come back for an encore, so as soon as the ringing noise transformed into the recognizable notes of "Prehistoric Dog," the crowd mutated into a sea of sweat, beards, and arms throwing the horns. Then we all left and our ears are still ringing. Thanks, guys.
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