Black Pistol Fire - Rock N' Roll Cheese Eating Friends Since Kindergarten

reppin: austin, usa by way of canada // modern outsider // 2014 - present

sounds like: a sizzling plate of delicious cheese aka saganaki

last album drop: “deadbeat graffiti” (sept 2017)

featuring: eric // kevin

jared (left) hanging with eric (center) and kevin (right) during the black pistol fire interview | riot fest, 2017 | chicago |@thefaakehipster

jared (left) hanging with eric (center) and kevin (right) during the black pistol fire interview | riot fest, 2017 | chicago |@thefaakehipster

Lou Reed once said he would die for rock n’ roll because it is something so beautiful that you can feel. When I look at this genre, I couldn't agree more with the emotional connection that us humans can have with such an energetic sound. The raw and blistering guitar riffs and solos, lyrics about angst, love, life, death and everything in between. The audience, the atmosphere that can be created outdoor at festivals and inside at sweaty rock clubs. We individually become one and as one we can forget about the daily bullshit life brings us. Every genre of music, every type of melody and lyric and every type of musician and band can bring us all the good things in the world because music stands alone like that. With Black Pistol Fire, they bring all the rock and all the emotion for us to enjoy live.

Black Pistol Fire is described as high octane and that could very much be an understatement. Two dudes take the stage and then they start playing their instruments and you are like, “holy shit, how are these two guys making so much awesome noise together.” It really is a site to see Eric and Kevin really vibing off each other, the audience and just going balls to wall in their performance. You can tell they are having just as much fun as everyone watching them. Kevin will use the whole stage as he swings his guitar around with him and Eric pretty much beats the shit out his drums...oh those poor drums.

black pistol fire | bottom lounge, chicago | 12.7.17

black pistol fire | bottom lounge, chicago | 12.7.17

Cait and I had a chance to kick it with these cheese eating chill dudes after their stellar Riot Fest set. They really are just normal dudes with just enough weird in them that know how to play their instruments really well. Read away kids:

 

the interview

How did you guys meet and what past experiences attribute to you all making the music you do?

kevin: Well we actually met in kindergarten believe it or not in Toronto at a very young age. We were always very clsoe and all. We didn't really play music until we were in high school. Playing a lot of Nirvana, Oasis, Beatles and Weezer covers. Then we discovered Zeppelin and our whole world change.

me: it's crazy how times like that happen, you hear a band or a era of music and boom, your whole taste of music starts to expand.

kevin: Yea I was in a Zeppelin phase for like a year and wasn't really paying attention to everything else, I should have been. But it all came around for me once I started listening to more.

eric: I think the first real rock band I got into was Silverchair actually. You know also though, my parents listened to Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Chuck Berry. I was obsseded with that music.

me: So how did all of that land on Black Pistol.

kevin: I think when you hear us live you can tell I am coming from one area and Eric is coming from another. But we are both attacking at the same time with the same intensity.

 

So as you portray that on-stage, we literally were talking about how you are able to sound like more than two people.

black pistol fire interview | riot fest, 2017 | chicago |@thefaakehipster

black pistol fire interview | riot fest, 2017 | chicago |@thefaakehipster

kevin: You know I think everyone attacks it differently. You know we don't want to overplay, but raising the stakes. We definetly try to put out a lot of energy. We spend time with arrangements, rehearsing, how our dynamics are going to works on stage. The idea is that one part is high and loud and maybe the other is lower and quieter. A little of this is confusing people and having a natural build to the show so it isn't the same thing over and over. You have to hone that in and take advantage. Also, playing every single song like it's your last.

me: That has to be exhausting...but so rewarding.

No amount of cheese is ever too much cheese.

eric: Oh yea, for sure. I mean if you love what you do, you can beat the hell out of yourself and it doesn't really matter.

kevin: I know after shows we are so taxed, but the adrenaline rush is still there, you can't sleep or anything. It is a weird kind of feeling. One of our routines when we get off-stage, we like to take a big brick of cheddar cheese and just finish it off in about 15 minutes.

me: hahah. No amount of cheese is ever too much cheese. That is great.

kevin: It wears you out actually so you can sleep.

me: So eating a brick of cheese is as exhausting as the performance?

everyone: Yea!

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We are very big on lyrics and I am curious what the writing process is and how you want fans to react to it.

kevin: So for me, the music always comes first. I write something I really feeling and all and then the lyrics dictate the music and it's a merging of the two kind of. Sometimes I'll even look back at the lyrics later on and be like, huh, I think I know where I was at during that point. Maybe I was getting dark, maybe I was getting sassy. I don't think I ever sit down and say I am going to write a break up song or love song. I think you always leave room to see where it goes. The music sometimes evokes whatever emotion and words you are feeling at the time.

eric: I mean we always take lines too and if it doesn't work in one song, it can work in another. Spare puzzles.

kevin: Yea, sometimes we have that one lyric and hook.

I write something I really feeling and all and then the lyrics dictate the music and it’s a merging of the two kind of.

 

With all of that coming together, how do you guys challenge yourselves to evolve?

eric: I think the big thing is different genres of music are part of it. The new album that is coming out is a lot of different stuff and some stuff that we have never tried before. We listen to a ton of different music so you kind of say, how do you make your version of a hip hop song. I can elements from this genre and that one and try to fuse them together,

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kevin: Yea, we are constantly working in the studio, rehearsing and writing. It is always going. This new album coming out is the reflection of listening habits. I'm a big fan of albums in the world of playlists. But I like how an album can hop around with different types of sounds.

eric: We definitely want to change it up with speeds.

me: Yea I get that. I want to hear all the music, see all these bands and artists live so it can come back full circle and give me an understanding of the roots of my favorite music and everything else.

 

If you had to choose a metaphor to describe your sound and image, what would it be?

eric: Damn, that is a hard question.

kevin: Imagine doing a lot of blow then balancing it out with some booze. A booze filled 8-ball.

cait: Then eating some cheese!

kevin: Something that sizzles...

me: Saganaki!

kevin: Yes! We are a sizzling plate of delicious cheese.

 

suggested listening experience: outdoor summer night parties // getting amped up for the day // enjoying some sweet love making

listens: suffocation blues // hipster shakes // fleet foot // lost cause // beelzebub // where you been before

bpf // spotify // ig // twitter // fb

interview stuff: MAE

M.A.E. // Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience

reppin: norfolk, va, usa // 2002 - 2011, 2013 - present

sounds like: the idea that you are living now, in the future and in the past, all at the same time...powerful stuff

mae | bottom lounge, chicago | 3.7.17 | @thefaakehipster

mae | bottom lounge, chicago | 3.7.17 | @thefaakehipster

latest album drop: (M)orning (A)fternoon (E)vening...remixed. remasted. re-imagined. (2017)

featuring: dave elkins // zach gehring // jacob marshall

So much like Mr. Chad Valley, my phone pooped out on me so I am recalling this interview from my spotty memory cells that are my brain. However, I was able to sit down with the founding members, Dave // Jacob // Zach for an incredible conversation. Little did they know that I have been a fan since day 1 pretty much as well as how they helped me through some heavy shit (literally) back in the day.

mae | bottom lounge, chicago | 3.7.17 | @thefaakehipster

mae | bottom lounge, chicago | 3.7.17 | @thefaakehipster

To begin this story we must go back to my high school days where we were all lost little souls without a purpose in life. My attire had quickly changed from preppy to punk/emo from middle school and all the sudden I was putting my hair into a fo-hawk and wearing chick jeans (side note: I still wear tight jeans but they are of the mens variety). I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was 5 years old and have been fairly lucky to be in remission most of life without too many effects aside from losing a few inches, yea, this Jew could've hit 6 foot. In the middle of soccer season, at 16 years old, I suddenly could not make it through the day without holding my food in. We quickly found out that my disease had kicked in. As the weeks went by in the hospital, I could not get out of bed, had a pick-line run to my arteries next to my heart that fed me nutrients and lost over 30 pounds. I felt weak and helpless having not really remembered how sick I was when I was diagnosed. They tried so many drugs and steroids on me it only fucked with my system more. Before they found a new drug that actually started to work (mind you this exact drug caused more complications about 5 years later), there were two things that kept me going. My mom, dad and brother were always by my side the entire 3 1/2 weeks I was in the hospital. I also had a fat case of CDs (yes, no mp3s yet) and one album I listened to everyday. It made me smile despite the situation and gave me hope. Destination: Beautiful by MAE.

mae | bottom lounge, chicago | 3.7.17 | @thefaakehipster

mae | bottom lounge, chicago | 3.7.17 | @thefaakehipster

Whether you are listening to one of their albums or seeing them live, the blend of Dave's voice mixed with their soft and poppy, yet almost delusional sound is one of a kind. When we first sat down to chat, we talked about the 3D dimension of Mae. This whole idea of Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience is meant to expand beyond just the sound, the lyrics and what you are hearing. Close your eyes and take yourself to the experience that you are feeling at that moment and you'll be surprised of the memories that pop into your head or even the vision you may have of the future. There really is something special that clicks when these dudes come together to make music. When these guys play live, it really perks your ears and brings you to a special place. They have done plenty in the live show including 3D glasses, crazy visuals and more, but at the core is this beautiful music that make you want to grab hold of someone close. 

mae | bottom lounge, chicago | 3.7.17 | @thefaakehipster

mae | bottom lounge, chicago | 3.7.17 | @thefaakehipster

Speaking of memories and stories, we spent some time talking about their experience with fans and how the music touched them. I was truly moved whether it was an individual struggling with cancer or someone finding the courage to come out as gay. It just goes to show that those stories have kept these guys going for almost 20 years with a break here and there. When Dave was talking about the lyrics he puts on paper, they are always about his personal experiences, be it struggles or triumphs. He has been amazed to see how those lyrics are interpreted by fans over the years. Even more so, that "The Everglow" song means something completely different now than it did when it first came out. If a band can have an impact on even just a handful of people like that, then that is something special.

Mae has left a lasting impression on their very loyal following and the guys could not be more thrilled to be apart of that story. Sitting down and chatting about their journey makes you think about both the big important goals in your own life as well as satisfying the little things. Music is a funny thing sometimes. It brings up all these different emotions, but at the end of the day, we all want to smile, feel happy and make those around us feel the same. 

suggested listening experience: cruising in your car with the windows and sunroof open // a sunny weekend day with your friend and the grill going // alone, in your apartment dancing around (pants optional)