Dirty Impound Questionnaire

Red Fang

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Red Fang by Rexroad-Higgins

Put bluntly, Portland, Oregon’s Red Fang is the best thing to tackle hard rock in ages. While already making a name for themselves in the metal world, this band has the drive, ferocity, raw talent and potential reach of a group like Mastodon, who’ve tapped Red Fang to open for their current fall tour starting November 1st at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles (check out all the dates here). While one encounters elements in this band that bring to mind Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and their thrash children, there’s something scruffier and punkier to Red Fang, an untamed vibe that suits their name well. And while the guys show greater discipline and growing skill in the studio on this year’s sophomore album, Murder The Mountains (released April 12 on Relapse), they continue to generate music that feels like it could knock a tooth loose if you took your eye off of them for two seconds. Palpable danger like that isn’t easy to translate into musical terms yet Red Fang makes it seem simple, birthing an agitated beast that splinters your door and lifts you off the couch with an indelicate yank. That they infiltrate this intensity with bursts of melody and consciously articulated dynamics just shows how well they understand that brute force isn’t the only way to own things.

Here’s what Red Fang guitarist David Sullivan had to say to our inquiries.

1. Great music rarely happens without…
Finding the right group of people to play with, and as basic and obvious as this might sound, listening and responding to the people you are playing with.
2. The first album I bought was…
Kiss Alive! I only had it for a week before my step mom made me return it to the store. I guess she was scared of the way they were dressed or something. I managed to get my hands on more Kiss albums after that anyway.
3. The last song or album to really flip my wig was…
I can’t pick one, so here’s some stuff I’ve been digging recently: Polvo’s newest record In Prism, Wolf People’s Steeple, The Want’s Greatest Hit’s Vol. 5, Omega Massif’s Geisterstadt, U.S. Christmas’ Eat the Low Dogs, Loincloth’s 4 song EP, and an all-time favorite, The James Gang’s Rides Again.
4. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be…
A Wizard Astronaut?
5. My favorite sort of gig is…
House party with a bonfire!
6. One thing I wish people knew about me is…
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7. I love the sound of…
Trains
8. One day I hope to make an album as fantastic as…
Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy), S.F. Sorrow (The Pretty Things), Tres Hombres (ZZ Top) , The Cars first self-titled album, Ege Bamyasi (Can)
9. The best meal I ever had on tour was at…
Higher Ground in Vermont. We were on tour with Clutch, and it was really cold. We had just taken a ferry across a river of ice. Seriously. When we got to the club there was an amazing spread of salmon and all kinds of vegetables. The food, the stage, and all the people at the club were excellent!
10. I always find the coolest audiences in…
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11. The worst habit I’ve picked up being on the road all the time is…
Smoking cigarettes and not enough sleep and not enough stretching.
12. Led Zeppelin or Radiohead, which flips your switch the most and why?
Zeppelin definitely. I’ve never really listened to Radiohead other than a few songs which you hear everywhere. I remember buying Led Zeppelin I on cassette and riding home in the car, the sun sparkling through the trees and “Your Time is Gonna Come” started up on my little tape recorder. Beautiful.
13. The craziest thing I ever saw was…
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