Black Pistol Fire – Don’t Wake the Riot


Confession: few things get to me more than a gritty, blues-rock guitar. It may be in the top five on my “Favorite Sounds” list. The Black Keys, The White Stripes, J Roddy Walston & The Business, BRMC, Kings of Leon; these are the bands that brought me into this world, and the latest entry on that list is Black Pistol Fire. This Canadian duo, based out of Austin, TX, bring the goodness from chord one, and it never lets up on Don’t Wake the Riot.

You can literally feel the soul pouring out of this album. The music is all about the rhythm and if it doesn’t keep your toe tapping and your head bobbing, something is wrong with your music listening abilities. The chords leap and rip off of the guitar. The vocals scratch and claw their way into your spirit. The drums are spot on. It’s raw and has just enough of that “un-produced” quality about it to feel completely real on an emotional level.

To be perfectly honest, there isn’t much else that I can say about this album. You NEED to listen to Don’t Wake the Riot if you consider yourself a music fan. It hits every sweet spot. It’s difficult to even call out one track as being better than any of the others. The quality is pretty evenly distributed. Some of the songs definitely have more of a catchy hook than others. Namely Morning Star and Fleet Foot, the latter of which is just begging to be plastered over a sexy ass car¬†commercial.

Just….man, I don’t know what you’re even doing still reading this. Turn on this album and let the BS of life fade away for thirty-seven minutes.

Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Favorite Track: Cry Hell


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