It’s been a hot second since we’ve heard from Portland stoner crushers Red Fang, whose last studio release was 2016’s Only Ghosts. But now, the band have returned with a new album announcement, not to mention a thick, swingin’ new single in the form of a pretty rad music video.
Red Fang’s latest will be called Arrows, and will drop June 4th via Relapse Records. The band kicked off the roll-out with the release of the title track, the video for which features the dudes using a katana for various slacker purposes, including bong-splitting and back-shaving. The video was directed by Whitey McConnaugh, best known for making the beer-drenched video for the band’s first big single “Prehistoric Dog” (#23 on our list of the 40 greatest drinking metal songs of all time).
“It was so gratifying to put these songs on tape with Funk!” says guitarist/vocalist Bryan Giles of Arrows, referencing producer and longtime collaborator Chris Funk (Murder The Mountains, Whales and Leeches). “It felt very comfortable with a loose schedule. We didn’t take it one song at a time, but added guitars, vocals, or general weirdness whenever an idea sprang to mind. We busted out a hurdy gurdy! It was that fun.”
“WOW! We are SO EXCITED to finally release this record to the world!” says vocalist/bassist Aaron Beam. “We finished the album way back in December 2019 and then… something happened that is not worth discussing…Making this record felt totally loose and easy. It felt like we were just doing whatever the fuck we wanted, and not overthinking anything. That attitude reminded me a lot of what it felt like to make Murder the Mountains. The result doesn’t sound anything like MTM, but it has more of that vibe.”
Check out the video for Red Fang’s “Arrows” below:
Red Fang’s Arrows comes out June 4th on Relapse, and is available for preorder. Check out the album art and full tracklisting below:
- Take it Back
- Unreal Estate
- My Disaster
- Two High
- Fonzi Scheme
- Days Collide
- Rabbits in Hive
- Dr. Owl
- Funeral Coach
Words by Chris Krovatin