Red Fang plays "Bird on Fire" at Trophy’s Bar in Austin during SXSW 2009
In 2005, Red Fang introduced its heavy metal sound to a Portland scene that was heavily saturated with acoustic guitars and quiet, bearded troubadours. There is nothing quiet about Red Fang.
Although the cathartic crunch of Pierced Arrows or Dead Moon doesn’t sound much like Red Fang’s proto-thrash, Fred and Toody’s attitude still rings true across genres. “More than their sound,” says bassist and vocalist Aaron Beam, “it’s their dedication against the conventional that is inspirational. That attitude toward their music is influential to us.” —Kim Winternheimer
The Prids play single "Let It Go"
For anyone who came of age in the late ’80s or early ’90s, the Prids might sound like the perfect band. Their wall of black-eyeliner noise uses the best parts of every major musical movement of the era: the sneering detachment of new wave, the jittery angst of punk, and the power-chord pout of alt-rock.
Like Fred and Toody before them, the Prids cut their teeth with a DIY streak a mile long—self-releasing and producing albums, booking their own tours. “[Fred and Toody] embody the reasons why we came to Portland,” says bassist Mistina Keith. “It may be romantic, but our band represents our life’s work, not just a fleeting shot at ‘the big time.’ It always seemed to us that they felt the same way.” —BB