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Black Pistol Fire: Big Beat ’59

Last Updated 10/30/2012 2:15:13 PM

By: John B. Moore

Black Pistol Fire Big Beat ’59 (Rifle Bird)Black Pistol Fire

Big Beat ’59

(Rifle Bird)

So the ’70s finally made it up to Toronto.

On Black Pistol Fire’s sophomore release, Kevin McKeown is in constant competition with himself, making his fat, crunchy, distorted guitar chords battle his vocals for attention. And the effect sounds more than a little similar to two other garage rock bands comprised of duos. I’m assuming the comparisons aren’t lost on the band, considering their second track on Big Beat ’59 is called “Stripes or Keys.”  The Austin-by-way-of –the-Great-White-North band is also comprised of drummer Eric Owens.

While it would be easy to write these guys off as another “also ran” band in a suddenly crowded genre, for every song that sounds like it was cribbed from an old CCR or Led Zeppelin deep cut, they throw out a pretty compelling argument to  give ’em another shot. On tracks like the infectious “Crows Feet” and porch stomper “Hot Mess,” the band gives us snatches of what might be.

Let’s call this one a draw and wait to see what record three has to offer.

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