This week we talked to Black Pistol Fire, who headline tonight at Warehouse Live in the studio with Animal Farmacy. The Austin duo and proud transplants from Toronto are loud, aggressive and bluesy. Though they get comparisons to the Black Keys, they don't see much of themselves in that other bluesy pair from Akron, Ohio.
"The Black Keys are great, but we don't take much from them, even though we always get compared," the BPF boys say on the way to Texas.
"Our style and influences really vary. While we love raunchy classic rock and blues, we also love groovy jam bands, punk rock, and down and dirty funk. We use our songs as a base to improvise live. Because of this, the live show and records can be quite a different experience and no two shows are ever the same."
Their self-titled LP was written while gigging and rehearsing in Austin, but they went up north to Detroit to lay down the tracks with Motor City luminary and Dirtbombs/White Stripes producer Jim Diamond. Songs like "Cold Sun" and "Where You Been Before" definitely set them apart from the bunched-up, claustrophobic Keys, stretching out a little more.
"We've been friends and musical partners for so long that we almost have a little bit of ESP, where we can take a slow blues groove and at the drop of a hat, crank it up to a punk-rock speed or even change the song completely," says the pair. "We are always trying to evolve. Our songs vary between Southern rock, punk rock, blues, funk and everything in between."
Ahead of the show tonight, we asked the BPF titans about their favorite bands and primary influences.
"There are 3 truths in this world: 1. Water is wet. 2. We're all gonna die someday. 3. John Fogerty is the fuckin man! They are a band that is not from the South, but has a "Southern" sound much like us."
"They are the best band ever. They know how to vary their music between the soft and delicate, and the loud and ferocious. Their pure power as musicians and improvisational style are very influential on BPF."
"The first two albums, mainly. The mix of Southern rock with punk. Call it cowpunk or whatever you like, they took Skynyrd and sped it up to punk-rock tempos. Maybe our biggest influence."
"Heavy, sloppy blues. They're also very versatile and don't mind taking risks. They made amazing records and paved the way for acceptance of two-piece bands."
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"He's Jimi - amazing, raunchy guitar coupled with ferocious drumming by Mitch Mitchell."