A tornado hit The Shelter when Black Pistol Fire took the stage with The Erers for a night of rock, blues, and garage band thrash.
Opening the night was The Erers, a band known for a powerful, high-energy stage presence that pulls in a crowd. Fan demand keeps them playing all over Metro Detroit the group toured in support of national acts such as The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Dopapod, Jeff the Brotherhood, and The Kills.
Hailing from the Motor City, bandmates Matt Riesterer (guitar/vocals), Chris Fichter (drums), and Jamison Winterbottom Mosshart (bass) entertain fans with their dizzying stage performance. Mosshart flails about, a flurry of hair and slapping bass strings, while Riesterer thrashes about on guitar with the panache of Angus Young.
The Erers sound comprised a hodgepodge of psychedelic rock, blues, thrash, alternative rock, and the groovy style of Motown. They evoke a feel of The White Stripes or The Black Keys, while giving off a garage band vibe that their fans love.
The Shelter reverberated with slamming riffs, thunderous drums, and heart-pounding bass of the band. The elated crowd chanted their name to the beat of the booming bass drum. The Erers set, with their raw, psychedelic-infused riff-driven blues rock, created a party in the venue, one which fans will remember for some time to come.
The crowd roared as Black Pistol Fire walked casually on stage. The band’s calm demeanor immediately disappeared as they launched into a wildly energetic set that is a mix of classic southern rock, blues, and garage punk.
We see many power duos in rock, but rarely can a duo capture the same intensity and energy of a full band playing an arena. These two do just that and more; they are pure fire on stage.
Guitarist and vocalist Kevin McKeown is a natural frontman; he never stood still. He prowled the stage, leaned out over the crowd with his Epiphone Riviera as he hammered out solos, and jumped atop Owen’s drum kit without missing a note. The crowd screamed and ate up his stage antics.
McKeown is much more than his stage presence, though; his exquisite guitar playing and sultry, gritty vocals entranced the crowd.
Eric Owen matched McKeown’s intensity perfectly. He attacks the drums masterfully with reckless abandon. His punchy and powerful drumming style is the backbone for McKeown’s guitar to dance around. Bare-chested, long curly hair, and a full bird, he strikes a stunning spectacle flailing his arms about like a wild man, making his kit sing.
They put on such an electrifying show. Slamming and intense, their sound rocks but never loses its bluesy foundation. It’s amazing to see such power and chaos come from two musicians. They don’t rely on backing vocals, a big stage, or any extra frills; they are just two guys playing their blend of hard-hitting rock n’ roll.
Originally from Toronto, Black Pistol Fire now resides in Austin, Texas.