Now, three years after their lauded fifth effort, the Austin-by-way-of-Toronto duo BLACK PISTOL FIRE—KEVIN MCKEOWN (guitar/lead vocals) and ERIC OWEN (drums/bass synth)–are back with LOOK ALIVE, an album that sees them refining their singular two-man approach, outfitting their explosive, impassioned rock ‘n’ roll with a soundscape that is more expansive, ethereal and cinematic. The official pre-order for LOOK ALIVE–slated for release January 29, 2021 on the new indie label Black Hill Records–is available today, Here.
The duo, teamed with co-producer and engineer Jacob Sciba (Gary Clark Jr, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes) and mixer Vance Powell(White Stripes, Raconteurs, Chris Stapleton) as a result LOOK ALIVE delivers their wild amalgam of southern rock and bluesy, garage punk through a handful of diverse singles–among them the coiled, psychedelia-laced “Level,” the R&B-inflected “Temper, Temper,” the doomy, stomping“Black Halo,” and the slow-burner “Hope in Hell.”
LOOK ALIVE is a far-reaching sonic landscape, venturing out beyond traditional rock touchstones. Credit this in part to the band’s natural progression. “When we first started out a decade ago, I had one guitar and one guitar pedal, and Eric had his drums and a green Dodge Neon–that was it,” says guitarist/lead vocalist KEVINMCKEOWN. “So, experimentation was just not an option.” Since then, things have changed. MCKEOWN’s pedal collection–and the resulting range of sounds he’s capable of producing with it–is an awe-inspiring thing, for one, while drummer ERIC OWEN has moved beyond a mere acoustic kit to add bass synth, electronic drums and other colors to the mix.