Interview with Eric from Black Pistol Fire via Timothy Danger.
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Black Pistol Fire is a Canadian Rock and Roll duo that split’s time between Toronto, Ontario and Austin, Texas. Their wild and energetic rock-and-roll sound has been described as a mix of classic southern rock and garage punk, garnering comparisons to early Kings of Leon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Black Keys, and Clutch. It’s clear that the band’s sound spans many different eras and sub-genres, relying on a classic rock and roll sound that has been updated for our modern times.
Black Pistol Fire features Kevin McKeown on Guitar/Lead Vocals and Eric Owen on Drums. The two have been friends since kindergarten and began playing music together when they discovered a shared passion for rock and roll music in high school. The two became founding members of rock and roll trio The Shenanigans. With The Shenanigans, they recorded an LP titled Bombshell Baby. After things with The Shenanigans and Toronto got stale, the two wanted a change of scenery and to try out something new. They then packed up their instruments and a bag of clothes and headed south. The band finally settled down in Austin, Texas in 2009 and Black Pistol Fire was born. The two have been playing together for 11 years, the last 3 of those in Black Pistol Fire.
Arriving in Austin, the two began rehearsing as a duo. While they had previously done this to write songs for. The Shenanigans, there was one crucial difference this time around: there would be no bass to be added later. They soaked up all that the Austin music scene had to offer, and their music developed a more distinctive “southern” sound. Like every good band, they lived in poverty and survived off a steady diet of potatoes while rehearsing, writing, and creating new material in a garage they had rented.
While playing a local Austin hotspot, Producer Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, The Von Bondies, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) approached the band about recording their next record. That album was recorded in 2 separate sessions, mainly off the floor, on to 2” tape. The LP, simply titled “Black Pistol Fire” was released in February 2011 in select record stores in North America, at live shows, and worldwide through ITUNES. The LP garnered a positive critical response from publications such as the Austin Chronicle, Pop Music Matters, and the Houston Press. The LP received radio airplay on over 100 college radio stations in both Canada and the US, reaching as high as #59 on the CMJ charts. The album was also featured on Chorus Radio’s Explore Music and the Ongoing History of New Music. Both programs are hosted by Alan Cross and syndicated all over Canada. The band has also seen their music used in television shows such as 90210, Hawaii 5-0, Suits, Sons of Anarchy and The Protector as well as being featured in an adds for Pepsi Canada and Braun. They have toured throughout North America as well as completing a successful European tour in the fall of 2011. The band recorded their 2nd LP “Big Beat 59” in the fall of 2011, with producer Michael Rocha in Toronto. This album will be released in the spring of 2012 with radio and press campaigns already being planned. As a companion piece to the new album, BPF has also recorded the EP “Shut-up: A tribute Little Richard” which will also be released in the spring of 2012.
Kevin McKeown (Guitar, Vocals)
Eric Owen (Drums)
Interview with Preston Edmands [Austin, TX] By Timothy Danger
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Bio: I come from a small town on the border of southern Maine where, before moving out into the world and eventually to Austin, TX. I spent my childhood in a disconnected suburbia of farmers and artists. It was there that I would hear my first records; from my parents listening to The Beatles or Paul Simon, to the bass track of the latest Pavement record penetrating the wall between my brother’s room and my own.
The music was so enamoring, I couldn’t stop stealing my parents’ old 45s away for a listen. When I digested all I had from their collection, I began a tradition of biking down to my local record shop every week to sift through albums.
I’ve felt compelled to make music for as long as I can remember. Drawing on the fond influences of my youth, I became a musician.
Andy and Courtney from Slacker Mag interviewed by Timothy Danger.
Listen Now : Slacker Mag Interview
During our chaotic journey of the first night of the film fest, we met the awesome duo that creates the Slacker Magazine based out of Austin, TX. Andy and Courtney sat down and talked with us about their magazine, guerrilla distributing, and reporting on their scene in Austin, TX. For more information, feel free to check out their website www.slackermagaustin.com or look for their zines being distributed in wacky and fun places throughout Austin, TX.
We were lucky to have March Featured artist, comic book illustrator and all around nice guy Kristian Donaldson take time out of his busy booth duties to talk about his current project “The Massive” with us and the techniques he used to get some of the “shots” in the book. If you get a chance check him out on his website, you won’t be dissapointed!
To contact Kristian and view his art :: www.kristiandonaldson.com
Interview with Animal Train by Timothy Danger.
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Jeremy: Drums, Vox
Chris: Bass, Vox
Bio :: The band was formed in 2007 by Rich and CJ who relocated from Upper Darby, PA in 2011 and met up with Jeremy and Chris to form our current lineup. We are all about supporting our community, friends, and living the D.I.Y. = Freedom philosophy. We are always looking to partner up with others to do shows and house parties.