hmv.com reviews... Black Pistol Fire @ Camden Dingwalls
Black Pistol Fire have never headlined a show in London before. But this week's explosive set at Dingwalls on Camden Lock made up for lost time...
Black Pistol Fire. A Texas duo who bring more noise and energy than the Duracell bunny jacked up on JD. Now on their fifth album - Deadbeat Graffiti - the pair show no signs of slowing down.
In Camden, downstairs at the appropriately grungy Dingwalls basement.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The show was completely sold out and the buzz from the crowd was electric.
Were there any decent supports?
Another impressively powerful two-piece Kitt Trigg got the crowd primed and ready with tracks from their debut album Life.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Black Pistol Fire may have five albums in their holster but when they play live they’re all about the guitar solos. Watching BPF is like being given a seminar in technical virtuosity without noticing because you’re too busy banging your head and pogoing into the person next to you. Crowd favourites from last year’s album release included 'Lost Cause', 'Bully' and 'Speak of the Devil'.
'Suffocation Blues' which featured in the US primetime TV show Suits saw one of the biggest cheers of the night as guitarist and lead vocals Kevin McKeown ripped into his trademark howl during the chorus.
Playing for a tightly-choreographed hour and finishing with an epic plunge into the crowd followed by a stage invasion, Black Pistol Fire’s first London headline show was a triumph that left the crowd clamouring for more, without feeling like they’d been short-changed.
Did they put on much of a show?
Absolutely. The night ended with McKeown held aloft, upside-down by the crowd, as he planted his feet on the ceiling to jerk out some final riffs. Eric Owen’s hair-raising performance on drums was equalled only by his actual hair – Zeppelin would be proud.
What was the highlight of the set?
Watching two musicians who’ve been playing together since they were kids give a stadium performance in a tiny venue is a treat for the eyes and ears.
Dingwalls deserves some credit for the quality of the sound clarity no doubt but the sheer force and charisma of a BPF set is undeniable.
Where can I catch them next?
That was the last show of the UK leg of the tour, but you can catch Black Pistol Fire at Colours of Ostrava Festival in the Czech Republic or Blue Balls Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland before they head back Stateside for a summer of shows there.