Don't look now, but Houston may have just as many good thrashy rock bands as San Antonio. And you can put powerhouse four-piece combo American Fangs near the top of the heap.
There isn't a single song by these rockers that doesn't sound like it was made with rock radio -- a la The Buzz -- in mind. What separates the Fangs from most others in the crowded genre are their lyrics. Filled with smart, memorable hooks, the band could take some of the manic music off their tunes and they'd still be attention-grabbers.
But dialing it down is not what the Fangs are about; they crank their sexy anthem "Le Kick" to 11 and run toward the cliff. They're so underground, they don't even use last names, and their publicity is almost anti-publicity, like "if you don't know, we ain't gonna tell ya."
Whatever the formula is, it seems to be working. Founded in 2008, the band is now on the road regularly. They also frequent the stage at Fitzgerald's as much as any rock band in town, implying they can draw a crowd.
Snarling, edgy, and just a bit dangerous, the Fangs are a headbanger's dream.
- William Michael Smith
American Fangs (w/ Facetime, Bury The Crown, Lambs To Lions, Android Genius), Walter's, 1120 Naylor St., Houston, 77002, 713-222-2679, 8:00 p.m.