Written by Leah Chyma
When you compare a band to The Black Keys, you really have to watch yourself, as it has to be one of this generation’s greatest comparisons. I’ll crossed my heart and hoped to die that while listening to Black Pistol Fire, my mind and soul were absorbed into the world of The Black Keys. Black Pistol Fire features a duo of childhood friends, with an extremely strong tie to classic rock and roll music. Shown seamlessly in their new album Little Richard, the chemistry between the two is apparent, especially in songs like “Long Tall Sally.” Kevin McKeown owns the lead guitar with ease, even when he is spouting the sometimes extremely complex vocals. Keeping a wicked beat on the drums, is Eric Owen, who ensures absolute precise time changes. The duo has an ability to keep an upbeat energy for an entire album. So much so, Little Richard is screaming to be listened to on a vinyl, blaring the raw talent through surround-sound speakers. Very similar to that of Jack White, Black Pistol Fire is constantly changing tempo and melody while keeping the listener enthralled in their world. The duo also pulls musical influence from their roots in Canada to make them stand out from other hipster rock and roll bands. When listening to some of the album’s extremely catchy songs like, “Lucille” and “Rip it up,” it is almost impossible to stay seated. I think it is obvious that Black Pistol Fire is a needle in the haystack of new age music. They find a way to bring the roots of rock and roll into today’s scene and do it with soul, stamina and a Canadian twist. Catch Black Pistol Fire at their cd release party for their new album Little Richard May 4th at Stubbs BBQ on Red River at 11pm.