Happy Monday everyone! I had the opportunity to do some Q & A with Red Fang drummer John Sherman. Check it out below along with their killer new video and shirt design!
1. Your awesome new video for “Hank Is Dead” recently premiered, featuring air guitar winner Tony Tapatio. I looked up some previous footage of this guy air shreddin’ and he is no joke! Any cool stories from the shoot?
Yeah, Tony is no joke indeed. He walked away with the oversize novelty check for $1000 and the champion title. The shoot was super fun, as all our experiences with Whitey have been. The huge speakers on top of the car were the real deal, so driving around town blasting jams and yelling at pedestrians was pretty amazing. Whitey has a way of bringing out the teenage jackasses in us, I guess.
2. This is your second tour in a row with Mastodon in two different vastly different markets. How has it been on the road with those dudes and how do the European crowds compare to the ones in the US?
Touring with Mastodon is the dream. Seriously, they are the nicest dudes in the world and super fun to hang out with. Extremely friendly guys and they treat us like family. Half way through the US tour they asked us to come to Europe ‘with them and it was very easy to say yes. The crowds really aren’t that much different over here versus back home – I mean, Mastodon crowds are insane no matter where you go, and, luckily, they seem to be into us as well. Dream tour – opening for a killer band that has tons of amazing fans who dig our sound AND they are total bros. Amazing.
3. Did you guys find a “go to” beer out there on tour or is it whatever the venue provides?
No “go to” beer over here, really. We try all the local favorites wherever we go. Honestly, I’ve been way more into wine on this tour, but that’s just me. There’s plenty of amazing beers over here. Some crappy ones too!
4. The aesthetic Red Fang has created is a rare feat in the metal community these days, combining honest and heavy music with humor through your music videos and interviews. Was this something the band set out to do from the onset or did it come naturally?
It’s funny how little we actually “set out” to do. We are just being ourselves – we love heavy rock and we are goofballs. It is entirely possible to take your music very seriously without taking yourselves seriously. You probably won’t ever hear a “joke” song on a Red Fang record, but when it comes to videos comedy just comes naturally. Like, we would rather see some idiots smash through a wall of milk in a station wagon than mope around in a dark dungeon being all mean and serious. That’s no fun. Come on out that dark dungeon, little buddy, and party with us! It’s nice up here!
5. What is your favorite merch design the band has had online or on tour?
We probably will all tell you different personal favorites – we never agree. That’s why we have to have several designs! Right now, my favorite is the new “Bearded Skull” design this kid, Xavi from Barcelona, made for us. It’s pretty amazing. Seems like the classic “Sabertooth Skull” design is the most popular though. We have been fortunate to have some killer designs come our way.
Their killer new aforementioned design “Bearded Skull” is now available at the Red Fang official merch store.
UPDATE: Metal Hammer has posted the exclusive’s to TWO new songs from C.O.C. titled “The Doom” and “Time of Trials.” Both sound rockin’ and we can’t wait for this album to drop!
Pre-orders for the new Corrosion Of Conformity are now available! You can choose from a variety of packages, including a signed collectors bundle. We are stoked to have this available to the masses as COC has to be one of the loudest live bands of all time. Their contribution to the art of heavy music continues to this day and the new album will further solidify their impact.
PRE-ORDER estimated to ship on or around February 21st, 2012
-Old School Logo Tee
-Deluxe CD (digipak AND 2 extra bonus songs)
-Limited Edition colored Vinyl black and white splatter 180 gram with download card
-7″ of the 2 bonus songs (1000 unit run)
-12 x 18 Custom Lithograph chrome poster signed by band
-11 x 17 Show poster
1 PSYCHIC VAMPIRE
2 RIVER OF STONE
4 EL LAMENTO DE LAS CABRAS
5 YOUR TOMORROW
6 THE DOOM
7 THE MONEYCHANGERS
8 COME NOT HERE
9 WHAT WE BECOME
10 RAT CITY
11 TIME OF TRIALS
12) CANYON MAN
13) THE SAME WAY
Matt Halpern of the band Periphery has launched an online community called Band Happy, which focuses on musicians providing lessons to aspiring musicians. The site will launch into full swing next year and features a plethora of IndieMerch musicians including:
A teaser trailer explaining the site can be found below. This project looks fantastic and will be a great way to learn and interact from musicians from your favorite bands.
2012 is on the horizon and IndieMerch has the insight on the jams that will be invading your stereos next year! Check below for some of the best releases from some of your favorite bands, and this is just the beginning as there will be plenty more announced in the next few months. Beyond stacked lineup. Get ready:
The Devils Blood: “The Thousandfold Epicentre” out January 17th, 2012 on Metal Blade. PREORDER HERE.
Aborted: “Global Flatline” out January 2012 on Century Media. PREORDER HERE.
Hit The Lights: “Invicta” out January 31st, 2012 on Razor and Tie. PREORDER HERE
Corrosion Of Conformity “S/T” out February 2012 on Candlelight records. PREORDER HERE.
Napalm Death “Utilitarian” – February 28th on Century Media.
Cancer Bats: “Dead Set On Living” out April 2012 on Distort.
Job For A Cowboy: Currently untitled, album dropping early 2012 on Metal Blade.
Gojira: Currently untitled, album out Spring 2012 on Roadrunner Records.
Goatwhore: Currently untitled, album out 2012 on Metal Blade.
Cannibal Corpse: Currently untitled, out early 2012 on Metal Blade.
3 Inches Of Blood: Currently untitled, out 2012 on Century Media.
Clutch: unknown release date. Sometime in 2012.
The Red Chord: unknown release date. Sometime in 2012.
Be on the lookout for more pre-orders from the aforementioned bands right here at IndieMerchstore.
Thats right folks! Take 24% off your order starting at midnight eastern time on Friday 11/25. Don’t stuff your face too much as each hour the discount code decreases by 1% so be sure to stay awake! Save on a ton of new items, pre-orders, and our very special limited edition deal of the week that will be sure to knock your holiday socks off.
Check out some gift ideas below for you or your friends!
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Our friends at ESP Guitars put up their “EC Airborne” shirt for only $5.99! Supplies are limited and the deal only lasts until next Friday. Support a legit guitar company at a steal of a price!
UPDATE: The band will be signing the holiday gift cards! Autographed love from the Texas boys = awesome!
The harshest of winters is upon us. Freeze to death in style with this exclusive Holiday Bundle from The Sword! Limited to 100 units, the package features a custom long sleeve tee designed by singer “JD” John Cronise, a custom jacquard knitted scarf, and fingerless logo gloves with the band logo on top. Also included is a SIGNED high quality holiday gift card from the band. Don’t miss out on the hottest bundle for the coldest of climates!
Note: Listening to Age Of Winters while wearing the entire Holiday Bundle at once may cause tears in the fabric of the time space continuum.
* Custom Long sleeve tee designed by “JD” John Cronise of The Sword
* Custom Logo quality 100% acrylic, quality jacquard knitted scarf.
* Fingerless Gloves with logo print on top
* Holiday Card with exclusive design 5.5″ x 4.25″ 12pt Gloss Card
Target date is to ship prior to 12/25/2011 but do to custom manufacturing of the knitted scarf we cannot guarantee actual ship date at this time.
Update: Use the BEER LOCATER to find out where you can pick up some of this sweet sweet nectar of the gods!
In conjunction with the release of their New Belgium Brewing Lips Of Faith Sour Ale Beer, Clutch is doing a limited edition 12 oz Goblet bundle complete with exclusive t-shirt and coaster. Pre-orders are shipping on around November 28th and won’t be available anywhere else so be sure to snag one!
About the brew….
It started as chance, a sandwich shop encounter between a band and a fan. It ended as the Clutch Collaboration. This pleasing, two-part potion was brewed with chocolate and black malts for a rich and roasty overtone, then fused with a dry, substratum of sour for a bold and audacious flavor.
Black as night, this beer is blended at 80% stout, 20% dark sour wood beer for a collaboration that begins with a sour edge and finishes with a big, dark malt character, lingering, sweet on your palate.
1) Dark Sour Ale Exclusive T-shirt
1) Dark Sour Ale 3.5″ 80 pt. Drink Coasters
1) Dark Sour Ale Limited Edition 12 oz drinking Goblet
Snag one of these today printed orange on black, just in time for the best holiday of the year!
Darkest Hour “Drip Logo”.
Pick up some basketball shorts and other sweet items at the Darkest Hour official merch store.
Ex Deo’s “Romulus” shirt is only $5.99! Featuring members of Kataklysm, this Canadian six pieces focuses their albums on the Roman Empire. Their next album is rumored to be centered around Caligula, should be awesome.
Snag one here.
Pick up other legit designs from the band at the Ex Deo official merch store.