The Austin-based duo’s sixth album, Look Alive, is slated for release on January 29, 2021 via indie label Black Hill Records, and is now available for pre-order.
Three years after their critically-acclaimed fifth album Deadbeat Graffiti, rock duo Black Pistol Fire have announced their sixth effort, Look Alive. The album sees members Kevin McKeown (guitar, lead vocals) and Eric Owen (drums, bass synth) outfitting their explosive blend of punk and blues rock with a soundscape that is more expansive, ethereal and cinematic.
Look Alive is slated for release on January 29, 2021 via new indie label Black Hill Records and is available for pre-order here.
‘Look Alive’ Track Listing
1. Look Alive
2. Pick Your Poison
3. Holdin’ Up
4. Never Enough
6. Hope in Hell
7. Black Halo
8. Temper, Temper
10. Always On My Mind
11. Beyond the Blue
With Jacob Sciba (Gary Clark Jr, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes) as co-producer and engineer and Vance Powell (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Chris Stapleton) as mixer, the band’s newest outing delivers their distinctive blend of southern rock and bluesy, garage punk through a handful of single including the hard-hitting, slow burning ‘Hope in Hell’, the doomy ‘Black Halo’, the R&B-inflected ‘Temper, Temper’ and psychedelia-laced ‘Level’.
Guitarist Kevin McKweon says,
“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. So, experimentation was just not an option.”
When asked why name the album Look Alive, he says,
“That title just seemed to tie everything together as far as where the songs are coming from lyrically and thematically. Because a lot of it seems pretty dark. But also, it’s like you’re pushing through that darkness. It’s crazy, a lot of these songs, people are saying they really ring true to what’s going on in our world right now. But in terms of timing, there’s something about it that seems to be hitting the nail on the head, so to speak.
Every time we hit the stage to play, no matter if it’s a sold-out show or not, we remember why we started doing this. And our live show is where we cut our teeth and where we honed our craft. It’s a rollercoaster ride, and the stage is where we come alive.”
Black Pistol Fire has had an intensely creative period in the past decade, producing five full-length albums, several EPs and numerous singles.
Their song ‘Lost Cause’ was the most-played track on rock radio in Canada in 2018, spending 14 consecutive weeks at #1.
The duo have played at major festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, and Austin City Limits.