Black Tusk and Red Fang

3 May

The first time I crossed paths with Portland rockers Red Fang was at an institution called Rock n Roll Couch. Located at the abode of a dear friend and ally, this happening generally attracts a good number of rockers. The aim of the game is to sit, eat, drink, talk, and take turns “DJing” youtube.

Red Fang @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden

Red Fang @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden

For anyone interested in music, there are numerous advantages to this event. First and foremost, there is always the chance of coming across a new band. When one of the regulars added Red Fang to the mix. A fun music video, a good song, real people. Not much more you could ask for, really.

When Red Fang announced dates to come to town in support of their current record “Murder the Mountains”, I couldn’t be more happy that they were bringing Savannah-based Black Tusk, who I had recently seen at SXSW, along for the ride. Some original sludge metal to start off, then some wonderfully heavy stoner metal as the main course.

Black Tusk @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden

Black Tusk @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden

Taking the small stage at Wiesbaden’s Schlachthof, both bands blew the roof off the place. There was sweat, there may have been some blood, and there certainly was enough opportunity for me to almost get murdered in the non-existant press pit. As favorites from Black Tusk’s “Set the Dial” and Red Fang’s best tunes echoed through the fully packed venue, there wasn’t a soul that wasn’t rocking out and having a good time. Honest rock makes for honest fun once again. Although I’ll come prepared and wear full body armor next time.

Black Tusk are:
Andrew Fiddler – vocals, guitar
Jonathan Athon – vocals, bass
James Mays – vocals, drums

Red Fang are:
Bryan Giles – vocals, guitar
Aaron Beam – vocals, bass
David Sullivan – guitar
John Sherman – drums

Flickr the show here and here.
Find out more about Red Fang here.
Find out more about Black Tusk here.
Get the program for Schlachthof Wiesbaden here.

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