As it’s located between a CD shop (CD Reunion) and a used clothing store (Glad Rags), you’d be correct in assuming that Red Fish, Blue Fish is sorta at the rock’n’roll hub of St. Charles County. It’s a bit of a quirky room, with a stage, a bar, pool tables and rock posters and ephemera from pretty much every corner of what you can call rock’n’roll. It’s owned by a longtime friend of the band, who was a Judge Nothing roadie as far back as the late ‘80s. That connection made it the venue of choice for Judge Nothing’s first show in a decade and a half, a three-band bill that also included Dino Fight.
Now, I don’t exactly have history with Dino Fight, but I know the guitarist, Lindsay Cranmer, who was in a class of mine at Webster U. a few years back. And I knew she was in a band, but didn’t know they’re quite as good as they are, especially in a live setting. How about that? Wish I could’ve stuck around for more than a few songs, but getting lost (again) in St. Charles didn’t sound like a good option; twice in a night would’ve finished me off of St. Charles, for good. And Judge Nothing had already been on stage, running through half of its rehearsed live catalog; mentally and emotionally I’d peaked, but not before wanting to catch more from Dino Fight. Sometime down the line, then.
Guitar Wolf/ DinoFight! Reviews:
Opening the show was DinoFight!, a punk trio from right here in St. Louis. As you can guess from their name, they roam on the lighter side of punk, eschewing serious lyrical content often found in the genre for songs about bad hair, werewolves, entrails and the works of Neil Gaiman. The lack of seriousness ends with the lyrics though, as they're one of the tightest power trios I've seen in a while. They ran through their 30-minute set with gusto, sounding like Betty Blowtorch without the "get bent" attitude. DinoFight! ended their set with a great cover of "Ballroom Blitz" and made for a wonderful appetizer for the rest of the courses being served up. -Matt Champion
Guitar Wolf Redefines Loud @ The Firebird
First, let me just say, I’m not your mom. Maybe I hassle my friends for not wearing bike helmets and I refuse to put the car in drive until everyone’s buckled up, but when it comes to hearing protection, it’s your ears, man. You do what you need to do. That said, if you found yourself at The Firebird last night without some variety of hearing protection, you’re probably still half deaf, and that’s a bummer, since there are a ton more shows to attend before Holy Week wraps on Sunday.
Four bands last night, each remarkably louder than the next. We started with St. Louis’ own surf-punk trio DinoFight!
Silliness has never sounded so dangerous. While DinoFight!’s song topics range from vampires and zombies to UFOs and werewolves, there was no want for driving guitar riffs and complicated drum patterns. And their cover of Wayne’s World classic Ballroom Blitz was competent and classy. - Julie Dill
Review of DinoFight!s show at Lemmons from June 2009 .. .. "A band like DinoFight! is on reason people should be going to local shows. They are an all female three piece with a very peculiar and intriguing sense of humor. Their music was good; especially impressive was guitarist Lindsay Cranmer who led the band in genre hopping music forays. DinoFight! played a little bit of noise, punk, pop, and hard rock in their 8 song set, combining elements in each of their songs. Vocalist Core Perkins provided stellar vocals and witty banter between songs. Especially impressive to me, as a guy who has worn a crocheted penis and sung about transvestites and bestiality, were the humorous lyrics. "David Kessler's Revenge" is a song about eating someones face and "Angry Inch" is a cover from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. "Angry Inch" absolutely must be heard live, very funny stuff. I really dug the set, and after reviewing two other female groups in previous weeks, ...[including] the 75's, I left Lemmons wanting to put on a Muumuu, tape the penis down, and start a new band, Tape Job and the Imaginary Vajayjay. DinoFight! is busy recording there first record, but you can see them at the Way Out Club on August 28th, and you can here them at myspace.com/dinofightstl. I can't recommend this band enough, and I can't wait to do a show with them sometime". - Matt Pachmayr of the St. Louis Sinner, July edition 2009. .. ..
The band performed to promote the CD release of their album. .. Members of DinoFight! include Cody Perkins on drums, Lindsay Cranmer on guitar (middle) and Cory Perkins on bass and vocals. The band performed to promote the CD release of their album "...Sic...Semper...Tyrannosaurus..." Cranmer is a senior film studies major at Webster University and Perkins is a former biology major. .. The DinoFight! CD release party was not the typical punk rock show setting. The lighting set a match-making mood fit for a singles bar. There were chairs and small tables scattered around, limiting the standing space. Behind the crowd were people playing pool and foosball. .. In the Eliot Room of the Schlafly Tap Room on Saturday, Sept. 4, friends and fans of the St. Louis garage-punk band DinoFight! gathered to celebrate the release of their first official album, "...Sic...Semper... Tyrannosaurus..." .. "It's about time," said guitarist Lindsay Cranmer, a senior film studies major at Webster University. .. DinoFight! started up in the summer of 2007. Cory Perkins, a former Webster biology student about to finish beauty school at Zenon, played bass and did vocals. .. The three had so much fun playing together they decided to start their own band, DinoFight! Cranmer, Perkins and their former bandmate Kim Anderson (the original drummer who was replaced by Perkins' brother Cody) weren't exactly sure what kind of music they wanted to play, but they drew from their rock and punk influences, ranging from The Distillers to Reel Big Fish to the Violent Femmes. .. When Anderson left DF! in January 2010, Perkins' brother Cody stepped in to complete the former all-female band. .. "We get to have fun with the ads," Cody Perkins, 21, said. "We'll put things like, 'All-Girl Band! The drummer could use some make-up, though.'" .. Though some might cringe at the thought of being in a band with their sibling, Cory Perkins is happy with the arrangement. .. "It's pretty awesome, actually. He's a great drummer so he brings a lot to the table, and since he's my brother he's not afraid to tell me to knock it off," Cory Perkins said. .. The party started at 9 p.m., but DF! didn't play until after 11. The first to play was Egg Chef, a noise-punk/new wave band from Belleville, Ill. Cody Perkins' other punk band, The Ultraviolence, followed . Though he's the drummer in both bands, Cody Perkins is working towards a degree in music from University of Missouri in St. Louis playing the saxophone. .. Music must run in the family. Cory Perkins knows the basics of a number of instruments- piano, drums, xylophone, and guitar. .. "None of them felt quite right," she said. "I kind of bonded with the bass." .. DF! set up two tables to display CDs and T-shirts. Cory Perkins hand-printed the T-shirts herself. The album was recorded by Webster graduate David Arthur at Webster Studios and mastered at Blue Jade Mastering in Webster Groves. A friend of the band created the artwork. .. "As far as packaging and production goes, everything has been Do-It-Yourself," Cranmer said. "Too much stress." .. Just before midnight, the eight-song set was done and the crowd began to thin. The T-shirts were completely sold out, and there were only two small stacks of CDs left on the merchandise table. DinoFight! has one stop left on their promotional tour. .. .. Check out the other bands the members are in: .. .. .. Cory was in .. Mood Swings.... .. .. Lindsay is in ..The Red Squad.... .. .. Cody is in ..The Ultraviolents.... .. .. ......
DinoFight! CD Release
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 8 p.m.
w/ Tok, Bruiser Queen, Bass Amp and Dano
@ Off Broadway - $10-$13
By Mabel Suen
With self-proclaimed instrumentation like "bassdactyl", "vocalraptor", "guitarassaurus" and "tridrumatops", the trio of DinoFight!, featuring siblings Cody and Cory Perkins with shredder Lindsay Cranmer, unleashes ferocious hard rock with heavy guitar riffage, catchy choruses, sugar-sweet singing and awesome rock drumming. Subject matter includes everything silly and sci-fi from Independence Day to zombies. but don't let the innocent, fun-loving facade fool you -- these axe-wielders are a carnivorous formidable force with sharp, piecing teeth that'll bite the room in half without a second glance.
-I WENT TO A SHOW- FEB 2013
"The Dinofight! show is going to rule for a myriad of reasons, starting with the stellar supporting line-up for the evening – ten bucks will get you not only a wild and nutty Dinofight! performance and a copy of their new album…you will also be treating yoself to Bruiser Queen, TOK, and Bass Amp and Dano. It’s going to be so loud and so weird and so very South City".