It was a music experience like I hadn’t had in a long time. For an hour and a half, Black Pistol Fire assaulted the crowd with their bluesy rock and roll brilliance, leaving no stone unturned, no mind unblown and no face unmelted. This high-energy duo blew the roof off Ferndale Michigan’s historic Magic Bag and made me appreciate what real rock and roll should be.
The night’s setlist was a real mix of the band’s albums, including a number of tracks off their new album Deadbeat Grafitti (which is bitchin’ if I do say so myself). The evening began with their new single “Lost Cause”, which set the pace quick and the bar high.
Lead singer and guitarist Kevin McKeown was a complete hurricane on the stage, ripping solos, jumping on the drum kit and writhing on the floor. He threw himself into the audience twice all the while keeping the songs together with flawless ease.
Black Pistol Fire did an awesome cover (which I’ve heard before but seriously never tire of), of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well”. If you haven’t heard it, I’d highly recommend looking it up. Black Pistol Fire has a unique ability to take a song and make it completely their own while not losing touch with its original meaning.
Of course, the other half of the PB&J that is Black Pistol Fire is drummer Eric Owen- an absolute monster on the kit. One minute rocking a hip hop vibe or synth beneath Kevin’s bluesy rock and the next smacking the drums with fury or hitting them with a maraca, Eric’s style is completely his own. Eric is a drummer who knows when to hold back and when to head full throttle into an explosive, accelerating peak.
“Bully” was another highlight of the evening. This fresh take on BPF’s sound was exhilarating to watch and easy to sing along with. The haunting guitar and snappy percussion acted as the perfect backdrop to Kevin’s Jack White-like vocals on the track, shouting into the mic before breaking down the song into slower, single notes.
If you want to get back in touch with real, genuine music with influences in the blues, rock and grunge, you need to check out this band…now.
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