Joseph Villers, staff writer
Red Fang is coming to Asheville on March 10, at Stella Blue. The music is a heavy-metal brew of Queens of the Stoneage and Electric Wizard. As an escape from economic turmoil, and like the picture-halls of the Great Depression, rock shows fit the bill. The drummer, John Sherman, was the first to take the phone.
Joseph Villers: How long has Red Fang been a band?
John Sherman: Three years. Our first show was New Year’s Eve 2005, in a basement in Portland.
We’re in the middle of a crazy snowstorm in Michigan, about 100 miles from Detroit, and can’t go faster than 45; we’re pulling off. We need cold medicine for our bassist. We played Traverse City, Michigan last night and woke up to snow everywhere, cars on the side of the road.
JV: What are Red Fang’s major influences?
JS: Dave Chappelle, 70s power trios, heavy stuff like Black Sabbath, punk stuff like Black Flag. Basically we are inspired by everything from 1920 to 2015 that rocked. The common thread is rocking, and that including everything from Zeppelin to The Cherubs.
JV: Life on the road?
JS: The toughest thing about the road is being sick. Trying to stay healthy and eat healthy on the road is pretty much impossible. The best thing about it is playing rock and roll for a crowd every night.
JV: Why the name ‘Red Fang’?
Bryan Giles: The hardest part of starting a new band is coming up with a new name. We had hundreds that made us laugh. Dead Fang. Dead Tooth. Horn Wing. Trench Wolf. Because it didn’t gross us out too bad, we chose ‘Red Fang’. You don’t think of the name if you like the music; the music comes first.
JV: Anything else you would like to add?
BG: Just that people who come to the shows should bring NyQuil.
JV: For your bassist?
BG: No, because the show is gonna be sick.