One of the best things about music and its continual evolution in the public landscape is that as many trends seem to be followed from a production standpoint (everything sounds like it’s from the 80s and I hate it), there’s every bit of heart that’s also being factored into more artists work. I don’t just mean from the standpoint of musicians giving everything their all, in the indie scene you can find plenty of music that is filled with passion and new ideas. I mean more so that more musicians now than ever truly care about establishing intimacy with their audience, and being vulnerable with them, regardless of the genre or preconceived notions of genre.
Pistols at Dawn and their new single “Voices” was such an experience I had. When you look at them and their grim, enigmatic demeanor, clad in black with an emphasis of recapturing and adding their own flavor to the rock fundamentals started by acts like Metallica or AC/DC, you expect maybe a level of aggression or anger to be more at the forefront, but this song is more emotional in tune than that, but it never skimps on the kick-ass rock aesthetics that people just love from this genre. Formed in 2015, Pistols at Dawn consists of drummer Adam Jaffe, Guitarists Devin White, and Tommy Richardson with vocals led by the exceptional Chris Pierson. The camaraderie between members is palpable and they function like a well-oiled machine.
“Voices” is an angst-ridden dissection of our own internal struggles and how we try to deal with them in an ever-expanding world that seems to only complicate matters worse. It definitely has that type of construction of a word followed by the examination of that word in correlation to its bigger picture, unfortunately despite Pierson having an excellent voice, the way he begins these lyrics with this pseudo screamo voice while not bad makes it a little difficult to understand what he’s saying and I had to re-listen quite a few times (not that that’s a complaint) to try and decipher but even then, I’m not entirely clear.
The lyrics that clearer are potent and the instrumentals by the other bandmates are really fantastic, especially Richardson and White on guitars who work so perfectly for their extended duet together towards the back end of the song. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the group took some time apart while they both grieved for the loss of a bandmate and also to figure out what they should do next, project-wise, and came back with a series of strong singles leading to the release of their 2020 debut album All You Offer. Hopefully, they’ll follow that release strategy here and if this is the first piece of an upcoming puzzle, it’ll be fun to crack it. They have a clear voice and style that’s carved from the past that they are making their own in such an exciting way and it’s a great call to arms for audiences to not settle for less and maybe follow their own voice too.
by Wyatt Kennedy