Red Fang!

As dedicated readers to Garage-Girls you should all know about Rally TV, The production company that brings you all the killer vids from the major motorcycle rallies.  I swear there is a reason why I’m selflessly promoting Rally TV in a full throttle rock article…..  Yeah, so we are all in Vegas for Las Vegas Bike Fest covering the event for Rally TV and it was literally non-stop work, out early shooting and up late editing. The editing room for some reason always ends up being where people come and hang out and ‘bs about fun, stupid stuff.  So in line with Fun stupid stuff, in walks in Paul from Bare knuckle Choppers, he sits down and pulls up a video for this band Red Fang. At first I was like what’s the name of them “Red Tang??” He was like “No, just check these guys out!” so we watched the video for the song Wires. Not sure if it was a combination of working so late out in Sin City and the tiredness had set in, but we all busted a gut rolling on the floor laughing at these guys. The video was hilarious, the band of dudes hanging out drinking, they land a check in the mail for $5,000  to make a music video.   Watching dudes spend 5 grand to make a video can be rather entertaining if your the guys in Red Fang.  It’s a stellar vid complete with a beater car smashing stuff on an active airport runway. Yeah we were hooked, Oh I’m sure the fact that these guys ROCK had us hooked as well.  After listening to a few tracks, it was on.  I had to track these guys down for Full Throttle Rock. After a few emails I was in touch with Bryan Giles guitar and lead vox. He spent some time on the phone with me filling me in on the Portland Oregon based band made up of Bryan, Aaron Beam on bass, David Sullivan on guitar and John Sherman laying down the drums.   Bryan informed me these guys are all transplants to the Portland area and it’s all music that got them playing together. Having all played in previous bands and some hailing from the same bands, it was just a good fit to wind up all jamming together.   The writing process is a communal effort with everyone pitching in with riffs, hooks or lyrics. Ego’s get left at the door and everyone keeps an open mind to what one of the guys will bring to the table. Working this way gives them a better brand practice and something that was initially introduced which may not have been so great, can easily turn into something killer once they all have a chance to contribute.  Bryan told me.

From band practice to playing live shows Red Fang manages to have fun always. “We are older dudes, so it’s not that insane, like you won’t find pools of jello or anything too wild, but we manage to have our fun”.  Playing live is a big part of this band and they are getting ready to embark on 5 weeks of touring in the US.   I asked Bryan if he could share any crazy stories from the road, “oh yeah, well we just got done a show, packed up the van and were about 40 miles out of town when a deer ran out into the road, the van swerved and flipped twice. None of us had seat belts on and we were all just rolling around in the van with equipment everywhere. We all walked away and John our drummer had to get 1 stitch, just 1. It was pretty crazy, we didn’t hit the deer and we didn’t get messed up after flipping twice. Our girlfriends picked us up and the next day, we loaded the equipment back up and played that night.”   Yes, these dudes are hardcore!

Bryan told me doing shows in Europe are pretty crazy. “The crowds are intense, 40,000 people, all enthusiastic to you. they sure do make you feel welcome over there. The Hospitality is the best, make sure you have enough to eat and a place to crash, we love it over there”

We talked about how the guys in the band are all pretty much self taught musicians that credit their experience to playing in bands and learning from other band mates.

Red Fang debuted in 2009 with the self titled album “Red Fang” and Followed that with “Murder the Mountains” in 2011. Both albums are filled with heavy bassy, driven riffs with killer guitars and heavy drums. These guys play it heavy and hard and deliver a sound any picky heavy metal enthusiast will dig.  Self described as “Beer Soaked, Ass kicking Heavy Rock.”, yeah I’d say that about sums ’em up.

In General Red Fang is made up of dudes living normal lives, they work, they have fun and they like music.  You got to check them out and catch the video for Wires.

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Windshield Wipers in Winter!

As a self proclaimed Garage-Girl who loves to perform maintenance on my vehicles there is one task I take so seriously, my windshield wipers. There is nothing I can’t stand more than not being able to see clearly while driving, especially in bad weather. For that reason I change my windshield wipers twice a year. I use a winter blade that I usually install around October, it has a rubber boot over the metal arm to prevent ice and snow build up, and then I switch to the rain-X windshield wiper for spring.  I never got around to installing my new winter set of blades this fall and planned on doing so just before leaving for a road trip for the Holidays. Well you know how crazy the Holidays are, running around trying to get everything done and ready. I just simply ran out of time. Not too worried though since the weather for my day of travel looked clear. While I was out of town the weather was great, actually a little warm, so the thought of the wiper blades was not even in my mind. That is until the ride home. Traveling across interstate 80 of the state of PA I ended up encountering lake effect snow bands that were reminiscent of “light speed” travel capable by the Millennium falcon in Star Wars. As I turned my wiper blades on I was frustrated to find out they were not up to my standards, I couldn’t see a dam thing…. Traveling along, the traffic started to get tighter and the big trucks were closer, can’t stand the spray from big trucks. I decided I better pull off the exit and see if I could do anything to help my visibility.  I had some hand sanitizer which is mostly alcohol and I used that to clean the wiper blades of any debris. This was a huge help and got me back home safe. While I was tending to my wiper blades, I heard numerous fire trucks and police cars zooming past. I later found out there was a 20 car pile up on the exact road I was traveling on…. The hi-way was now shut down. Used my maps app and found back roads to take me home. Ok, so maybe my bad wiper blades saved my life, but I decided this experience was a good time to bring the issue up and remind you all how important good wiper blades are. If you haven’t changed them in a while here is a video showing you just how easy it us. Here is a step by step of how to care for your wiper blades.  Stay Safe this winter!
1. Wipe the windshield wiper blades each time you fill up with gas. Dampen a paper towel with the window washing solution. Lift each wiper blade away from the window and rub the moist towel along the blade from one end to the other.
2. Wash the car windows to remove accumulated debris, bird droppings and insect splatters. Removing the larger debris protects the windshield blades from catching and tearing.
3. Run windshield wipers only when there is moisture present on the windows. In dry weather, use the windshield washer to spray fluid on the glass.
4. Remove snow and scrape ice off of windows before running the windshield wipers. Allow the car to run and defrost the windows long enough to melt ice before moving the wipers.
5. Park your vehicle in the shade or in a garage whenever possible to avoid sun damage, which can make the rubber blades brittle.
6. Inspect the windshield wiper arms and the blades once a month. Replace damaged, bent or broken wiper arms immediately. Replace the blades at least once a year, before the cold weather season, or sooner if the blades have become warped or ripped.

Kick off the New Year with Healthier Recipes!

New Year always means eating better, lighter. lets face it everyone indulges over the Holidays and wants to get “back on track” eating wise in the New Year.  Here is a great lighter recipe that might help you stick to your plan!

Asian-Style Chicken and Pasta
•2  cups dried Chinese egg noodles or fine egg noodles (4 ounces)
•1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
•1/3 cup bottled stir-fry sauce
•1  cup snow pea pods or fresh sugar snap peas, tips and stems removed, and cut up
•1  medium red sweet pepper, cut into bite-size strips
•2  teaspoons peanut oil or cooking oil
•5  ounces cooked chicken breast, cut into strips (about 1 cup)
•2  tablespoons coarsely chopped cashews or peanuts or toasted sliced almonds
1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; set aside. Stir ginger into the bottled stir-fry sauce; set aside.
2. In a large skillet cook and stir peas and sweet pepper in hot oil over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add cooked noodles, chicken, stir-fry sauce, and cashews; heat through.
nutrition facts
Servings Per Recipe 4, Calories 235, Protein (gm) 18, Carbohydrate (gm) 24, Fat, total (gm) 7, Cholesterol (mg) 49, Saturated fat (gm) 1, Dietary Fiber, total (gm) 3, Sodium (mg) 540, Vegetables () 1, Starch () 1, Other Carb () 1, Very Lean Meat () 2, Fat () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet