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Load-In to Load-Out: A night on the job with Red Fang at The Troc

Getting the stage lights set for Red Fang | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com/
Getting the stage lights set for Red Fang | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

It was once known as The Arch Street Opera House. Over the past century and a half, it’s been called a lot of things (according to its Wikipedia page, anyhow) including: Park Theatre, Gaiety Theatre, Slocum’s and Sweatman’s Theatre (a personal favorite), and Sweatman’s Arch Street Opera House. Most recently it goes by the name The Trocadero Theater, or it’s more colloquial name, The Troc.

Fast forward 144 years past the recorded birth date, and I find myself trying to prove to a group of diligent, extremely friendly employees that I belong in this prestigious venue a few hours before doors open. A well-established home for movies, comedy, pop and – moreso, I think, than any other venue in Philadelphia – hard fucking rock.

The latter of which is why I was there. My credentials checked out, and I find myself walking through the empty lobby, out in to the spacious arena, around the elevated staging area, up an ancient set of stairs, down a dark, very ominous hallway, and in to “the back room” which also happens to be the literal back room.

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Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

I guess this is where the fantasy ends, though. [continue]

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Review: Raging in the Underground Arts basement with Red Fang, Cancer Bats and Shrines

Red Fang | Photo by Mattew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Red Fang | Photo by Mattew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Metal and hardcore shows are a dime a dozen. Any given week you can find one in a large venue full of burley bouncers ready to go toe to toe with troublemakers, or the dark dank basements of post teen hopefuls that are on the verge of either making it big or continuing down the road to that graphic design degree. The biggest thing that separates hard rock shows from most other genres is that more often than not, quality of the albums does not predict the quality of the shows. I’ve seen great bands bomb and nobodies step up to the play and lay waste to the joint. The quadruple billing of Red Fang, Cancer Bats, Shrines and Indian Handcrafts landed somewhere on the higher end of the spectrum. Bringing rough guitars, guttural vocals, lots of hair, and a fair amount of spit to Underground Arts on Monday night, everybody brought their A game, and put on a hell of a show.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Red Fang at Underground Arts, Blackalicious at World Cafe Live

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Red Fang | Photo by Tim Tronckoe

Portland metal four-piece Red Fang unleash havoc at Underground Arts tonight. With the huge success of their full length Whales and Leeches, Red Fang toured extensively this year, bringing their heavy, badass brand of music around the country and world. Whales and Leeches was recently named one of SPIN Magazines 20 Best Metal Albums of 2013, and this show is one not to miss. Find tickets and more info here. Watch “Blood Like Cream” below.

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