Beer Band

Red Fang drank a lot and made a great music video — and they got signed because of it.  — Leah Sottile

“The puke is real. … We drank so much that day.” John Sherman, the drummer in the Portland rock band Red Fang, is talking about barfing during the shoot for the band’s “Prehistoric Dog” video — which, after going viral and gaining more than 200,000 views on YouTube, had a hand in the band being signed to Relapse Records.

If you haven’t seen the video, watch it (below). The four-piece wages war on a group of LARPers in wizard costumes, all the while chugging beer after beer after beer after … actually, if you have any tinge of a hangover, it’s best to wait on watching it. Because at one point — out of the blue — Sherman and guitarist Brian Giles hurl side by side on a coffee table.

“Brian was the first one to puke,” he says, recounting that the guitarist had stepped outside to get sick. “[The director] was like, ‘What’s he doing? If you’re going to puke, you’re doing it on camera.’” But because they did puke on camera, fight with nerds in medieval garb and build Monty Pythonesque costumes out of spent beer cans, hundreds of thousands more people — people who might never have given Red Fang a second look — heard the band…read more

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