It’s a lot of work – and stress – traveling back and forth between Texas and Canada. Just ask Toronto natives Black Pistol Fire. But when music is the number one priority, and Austin is the main connection, it’s all worth it.
Guitarist and vocalist Kevin McKeown and drummer Eric Owen have known each other since high school, connecting through their mutual love for rock ‘n’ roll. They moved to Austin in 2009 after recording and performing as part of the trio The Shenanigans, and immediately fell right into writing new music, rehearsing and touring as often as they could. Producer Jim Diamond approached them about recording their self-titled debut album, released in 2011. The following fall, they began work on their next full-length, Big Beat 59, with producer Michael Rocha back in Toronto, along with a companion EP called Shut-Up: A Tribute To Little Richard.
Their music has three essential ingredients: Rock, blues and punk, and it…is…loud. And it’s stripped down to the bare basics with McKeown shredding away on guitar and Owen pounding the drums. They’ve been working on a new LP, but have a new limited edition EP coming out, Hush and Howl, which will be available at their EP release show tonight at Red 7, 611 E. 7th St. This is also one of those triple bills that the Austin Music Minute has mad love over, with The Sour Notes and Megafauna. Doors open at 9 p.m. Be there.