Black Pistol Fire Shreds The Bowery Ballroom With Their Unholy Blues Rock REVIEW+PHOTOS: BLACK PISTOL FIRE & BLACKFOOT GYPSIES @ BOWERY BALLROOM 10/22/17
New York, NY- If you don’t know who Black Pistol Fire are, please allow me to educate you as to what you are missing out on. Black Pistol Fire are Eric Owen (Drums) and Kevin McKeown (Guitar, Vocals) and what they do has been described by some as “unholy”, “inspiring”, “scorching earth” and “holy shit, my face just got blown off by rock”.
Owen’s drumming hits so hard and walks the perfect balance on the knife’s edge between fuck-yeah raw beats and impossibly, perfectly reliable timing. With his long locks seemingly blinding him as he thrashes, they make a strong argument for the powers of telepathy as Owen’s and McKeown’s communication between jams is incredible. Then there is the other guy, Kevin McKeown. Between the kicks, the ticks, the crowd surfing, jamming in the crowd and making impossibly high leaps off of Owens kick drum, McKeown never stops. Period. The dude is a machine.
While the band is just two guys rocking out, they make the loudest, and most awesome, noise that you’ll hear this year. And performance wise, despite the intensely wild, animal-like unconsciousness that they perform with, they never seemed to miss a chord or a beat .. and if they did, you’d never know it. The shredding three minute guitar solos (sorry did you get that? THREE MINUTE GUITAR SOLOS) will blow your pants off and you don’t even realize they are that long, you just want more. And yes, most people will need new pants after seeing Black Pistol Fire, they should really start selling pants at the merch table. Deadbeat Graffiti is their new album, it is out now, you will not be sorry.
This review wouldn’t be complete without a a huge shout out to Blackfoot Gypsies. The Nashville natives represented big time. Blackfoot Gypsies are the super powered Zack Murphy on drums Drums, Dylan Whitlow on Bass/Vocals, Ollie Dogg on Harmonica and Matthew Paige (Vox/Guitar). Let it be noted that Paige’s lanky limbs carry his where-did-you-get-that charisma and you’re-making-me-blush charm back and forth across the stage, striking shapes and chords that are reminiscent of Justin Hawkins of The Darkness. A comparison which is totally not that off the map, as Blackfoot Gypsies will be hitting Europe with The Darkness later this year as they travel through Europe.
Cortney Armitage is a photographer and writer based out of Brooklyn, NY. Born into the world of indie rock ‘n’ roll, she travels back and forth from Los Angeles capturing artists in and out of their natural habitat. Contact her at: www.CortneyArmitage.com