Red Fang performing Sharks at Hellfest (Clisson, France) 19 June 2011

It was an early start to the day – getting to the Soundwave Festival at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne by 11.20am in time for Red Fang (I hope they appreciated how early we had to wake up!).

Well, we got off the train by 11.20am, but getting through the front gate of a festival always takes a bit of time and effort. I think we got to the stage they were playing at by 11.30am. Our apologies for not being punctual!

Red Fang first caught my attention when they received an endorsement from Mastodon who had them as their support act for tours in the US and Europe.

I checked out a few of their video clips and was subsequently amused by their comedic style and more importantly their cool stoner rock sounds (a great video does not maketh a great band!).

They were given access to a small outdoor stage in a decent location (near the food stalls) so they had a thousand or so people checking them out at such an early part of the day.

Normally you get trapped in a line while the first bands take to the stage and you wonder if it’s a song you can recognise off in the yonder.

I liked their dirty riffs and heavy vocals, and overall they sounded pretty damn good live, despite a few technical issues with the kick drum mic on that particular stage (noticed during other performances).

Wires was the highlight of the set for me, they also played Sharks, Malverde, Hank is Dead, and Throw Up. 

It would be nice to see them for a bit longer than a festival set (I didn’t get to the Kyuss Lives! show this time around), so hopefully the dudes from Portland will tour again in this part of the world.

Further Exploration:

Other samples you might enjoy:

  • Mastodon – a prog rock band totally in their prime
  • Mars Volta RIP – time to commiserate the demise of another great band
  • Bad Brains Documentary – a glimpse into all the troubles the punk legends faced over their 30+ year career

Did you check out Red Fang at Soundwave? Have you seen them play anywhere before?

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About noisynoodle

I am a noisy noodle hailing from Melbourne, Australia who loves listening to noise in all forms, but preferably in music, TV and film. I’ve moonlighted on community radio at SYN-FM many years ago when I was still a “youth”. My mission is to promote live music (get off your bum and see something!), highlight interesting TV shows that are ignored by the ratings, expose some cool films and to not go deaf trying!

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