Review: White Fang @ Middle East Upstairs (4/20)

By Joanna Trachtenberg

The next night (which was 4/20 by the way) I saw White Fang who are The Band To See On 4/20™. That’s right, Boston was the lucky city to be graced by White Fang’s presence on that glorious day this year. Free Pizza were up first in this jam packed bill. This band is fairly new and I had never seen them before but I was quite impressed. They played power punk that I wouldn’t exactly call poppy. Their songs were for the most part short fast and not very sweet (by the way I mean that as a compliment). Next up were Boston’s version of FIDLAR, the Nice Guys. They like to party and rock hard. I am hoping for big things coming from them. Next up were Boston’s best synth punkers Earthquake Party! They recently recorded a bunch of new songs for an upcoming album and they played a number of them tonight. The one non local opener was Denney and The Jets from Nashville who at first I thought were gonna be an Elton John cover band or something. They were not. The name comes from the fact that their singer’s name is Denney. They played good ol’ fashioned rock n roll. They are homeboys of Natural Child who I saw the previous night with the Black Lips.

Now it was time for the mighty White Fang! Guitarist Kyle Handley, Drummer Jimmy Leslie and Bassist Chris Uehlein started playing with lead singer Erik Gage in the background. When he was ready to sing Gage stormed to the front of the stage and started jumping around like a madman. Their songs border between punk, hardcore, metal and hard rock with the band into it the whole time. Some of the funnier moments included when Gage backhumped the stage for about a minute and when Gage lifted Uehlein while he was playing bass and spun him around. I am planning on seeing Gage and Handley again later this month with The Memories, their mellower other band. After the show I saw for merch they had a number of gnarly Gnar Tapes.

 

White Fang April/May Tour (Mid East Up – 4/20!!!)

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White Fang – hardy fucking har.

Yo! Portland, OR’s perpetual stoners White Fang are touring across the USA this April/May and they are hitting up Boston on none other than 420! That’s right, White Fang at the Middle East Upstairs on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Nashville’s Denney and the Jets are opening. Check out all the dates below.

White Fang Tour Dates:
Wed 4/2 Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit
Fri 4/4 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Sat 4/5 Austin, TX @ Mohawk Inside
Sun 4/6 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
Mon 4/7 day off to party in New Orleans, LA
Tues 4/8 New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
Wed 4/9 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Cafe
Thurs 4/10 Atlanta, GA @ 529
Fri 4/11 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
Sat 4/12 Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
Sun 4/13 Gainesville, FL @ Hi Dive
Mon 4/14 Wilmington, NC @ Orton’s Bar & Billiards
Tues 4/15 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Wed 4/16 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Thurs 4/17 Baltimore, MD @ The Goldbar
Fri 4/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Sat 4/19 Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
Sun 4/20 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
Tues 4/22 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Wed 4/23 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Thurs 4/24 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
Fri 4/25 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
Sat 4/26 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
Sun 4/27 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Tues 4/29 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Wed 4/30 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Fri 5/2 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Sat 5/3 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sun 5/4 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

And if u r peeing, then the dudes are playing in Europe in March!