New Sounds: Black Pistol Fire find their raucous side on ‘Lost Cause’


Austin-by-way-of-Canada rock duo Black Pistol Fire have announced September 29 as the release date for their fifth album, Deadbeat Graffiti, and this week dropped the first single, “Lost Cause.” The track opens the record, and has that jittery, garage rock feel the band have perfected over the years.

The “lovestruck anthem,” as the pair have dubbed it, kicks off with a shaky riff from singer/guitarist Kevin McKeown before drummer Eric Owen skitters in with a rat-a-tat beat and then the two unite into the main groove. McKeown laments seeing no way out alive, so there’s really not a bunch of happiness lyrically, but the track rocks so damn hard it’s infectious. As to whether it’s indicative of the rest of the material on the 12-track Deadbeat Graffiti — don’t bet on it.

“Our fifth album is a representation of our listening habits,” McKeown and Owen say in a joint statement. “It has a roller coaster effect, with many different tempos and influences ranging from garage-punk, to hip-hop, soul, and everything else that we may listen to on a given day. It is meant to act like a mixtape or Spotify playlist, where the listener won’t know what’ll hit them next!”

Black Pistol Fire have also announced a fall tour of North America, including a stop at The Sinclair October 17. Tickets go on sale today.

Black Pistol Fire: 2017 North American Tour
September 29: Austin, TX – Emo’s
October 10: Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
October 11: St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
October 13: Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
October 14: Detroit, MI – Magic Bag
October 15: Toronto, ON – Mod Club
October 17: Boston, MA – Sinclair
October 20: Philadelphia, PA – Foundry
October 21: Washington, DC – U HALL
October 22: New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
October 24: Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall
October 25: Atlanta, GA – The Earl
November 16: Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
November 18: Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
November 19: San Diego, CA – Casbah
November 20: San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
November 23: Vancouver, BC – Biltmore
November 24: Seattle, WA – Barboza
November 25: Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
November 27: Boise, ID – Nerolux
November 28: Jackson, WY – Pink Garter
November 30: Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
December 01: Aspen, CO – Belly Up
December 02: Denver, CO – Globe Hall
December 04: Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
December 05: Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
December 08: Nashville, TN – Basement East