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Black Pistol Fire: Blood, sweat and blues

Rock The Republic artist spotlight I

Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07

Hopefully all of you B-CS Aggies know the greatest music festival this town has ever seen, Rock The Republic, is fast approaching. This two day long "spectacle of sight and sound" will feature more than 120 of the best up and coming artists and poets around, ensuring that there will be a little something for everyone's musical tastes. With so many bands, it can be a bit challenging to get a sense of the amazing talent that will be present at RTR. In an effort to promote these awesome musicians, my future posts will showcase several favorite acts each week.

The first act in our artist spotlight series is high-energy blues/rock duo — Black Pistol Fire.

Originally from the faraway land of Canada, Black Pistol Fire now calls Austin, the musical Mecca, home. Ever since making the decision to start making music together, these two hardworking guys have been constantly touring the U.S. gaining an army of dedicated fans. Playing in Austin has also added an interesting tinge of Southern rock to their music, giving them a unique take on the blues/punk rock sound. According to their website, the duo can best be described as "a mix of classic southern rock and garage punk."

I would actually describe it as a face-melting explosion. I have been lucky enough to see these guys perform in Houston, so believe me when I tell you that these guys are crazy.  

Many bands look depressed or even bored when they perform (I supposed you could attribute this to their "style"), but I honestly don't get anything out of these kinds of performances. I freakin' loved Black Pistol Fire's set because by the end, the band was drenched in sweat from thrashing about on stage in a drunken frenzy. The drummer also tends to lose his shirt, which helps showcase the duo's freak-out mentality. These guys are best described as "wild men."

As far as recordings go, their debut album successfully captures all of the insanity and energy of their live shows.

Other modern bands, however, tend to be stripped of their energy in their recordings. Some duos have trouble getting a full sound with only two members, but as their LP proves, less can be, and is more.

According to the Rock The Republic website, these guys are scheduled to perform on Friday at the Revolution Café and Bar in downtown Bryan. Be sure to get our tickets now, while they are on sale over at the Rock The Republic ticket page.

Steve Wells is a senior marketing major at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. In addition to being a student, he is also a local musician and promoter.

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