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Artist Name: Slow Fire Pistol
Who Are They: Hardcore punk and emo quartet from Atlanta.
Hank Pratt – Guitar/Vocals
Ben Jordan – Guitar/Vocals
Lucky Hunter – Bass
Blake Hall – Drums
Sounds Like: Depends on the moment and the mood. At times they’re a withering tempest of explosive tension-and-release hardcore fury. At others, they’re more quiet and reflective, able to employ scaling post-rock guitars that resonate in grander, more majestic ways. But even in their calmest moments there’s a feeling of dread in the air, a tacit understanding that there is no safety or security from the violent onslaught that is sure to come.
Releases: The band’s three-song demo came out in early April and is available as a name your price download via Bandcamp.
Mandatory Listening: Lead track “Place in the Sun” showcases the band’s dynamic range, opening with a ferocious riff and gruff screaming that catapults the listener into the center of their menacing sonic blitzkrieg. For most hardcore bands, the sheer pummeling force of that opening passage would be enough to call a song, but Slow Fire Pistol surprise you at every turn; whether it’s the nervy tempo shifts of track’s mid-section or the atmospheric, off-kilter grooves of the instrumental outro, this is a band that refuses to settle for the tried and expected.
Slow Fire Pistol will perform on Wednesday, June 22 at 529 in support of Mizery, Lock, and Response. Soul Power opens the show. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.