Why Red Fang's Bryan Giles is completely obsessed with pinball
When Bryan Giles isn’t blowing eardrums with Red Fang, you can find him obsessing over pinball machines. Wait, what?!
What gets you so fired up about pinball? It’s such an old-school hobby…
“I’ve always enjoyed video games and John [Sherman], our drummer, and I play Tony Hawk 3 on PlayStation to this day. But what I like about pinball is that it’s a physical thing – there’s an actual ball and there’s physical contact. Everything’s so digitised these days so it’s nice to have a hobby that’s not too physically taxing but is still a real experience.”
Where do you play?
“I live in Portland, which is a hotspot for pinball. Almost every bar in town has at least one machine. Some local guys even made an app that’s basically a pinball map that lets you know where the machines are and users can update the locations so you know the state of the machine or if there are any problems with it.”
Does it ever get rowdy?
“It can get competitive, especially during the tournaments in town. I’ve actually won one, which I couldn’t believe, because there are so many incredible pinball players in town. Some of the top-ranked players in the world live here and playing against them can be nerve-racking. I tend to enjoy it more on a casual level.”