Q&A: Black Pistol Fire

I chatted with Eric from Black Pistol Fire about growing after four straight albums and his musical inspirations.

Talk about your childhood, where you grew up, etc

I grew up in Toronto, Canada. Where the grass is green, the winters are cold, and the beef stew is delicious.

When did you know you wanted to be a musician?

When I saw the music video for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on MuchMusic. Dave Grohl hitting the drums hard? Yeah I wanted that!

Is there a story behind the band name?

Yes and no. Back when we were trying to come up with a name there was a documentary about forest fires. There’s a type of fire called Black Fire that you just can’t put out. It just has to burn itself out. We incorporated another word, which happened to be pistol. At first, we were Black Fire Pistol. We consulted some friends and they suggested we swap ‘fire’ and ‘pistol.’

Some of your songs have been featured in other mediums such as “Ted 2” and commercials. What is it like being a part of visual media history?

It’s always cool and an honor. It was something we didn’t even think was possible when we were recording the songs.

What is your favorite song to perform and why?

I would say it’s “Bully” with we often close with because it hits very hard. Kevin plays a really gnarly solo and it has a very good vibe.

You’ve recorded four albums in just about four years. How have you grown from your first album to now?

The first album was a lot more straight ahead rock. I think the songs have definitely gotten better. We’ve incorporated new elements, some synth, and we’ve dabbled in more genres since then.

The follow up to that is have you slept in four years?

Somewhat. Between that and the road, you have to do it when you can. I had a good eight hours last night, actually. I’m pretty on point today.

Are you excited about your show here in Baltimore this Saturday?

We’ve never played Baltimore before so we’re kind of nervous but it should be a pleasant surprise. There’s some great music coming out of Baltimore.

Black Pistol Fire headlines Baltimore Soundstage this Saturday, May 11th! Buy tickets

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