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