Black Pistol Fire and Hollerado at The Commodore Ballroom, 12/06/18
On a not so quiet street, on a not so silent night, Hollerado and Black Pistol Fire brought a heavily grungy yet passionate show to the Commodore Ballroom. Bundled up Vancouver fans funneled in, checking coats, buying pints and squeezing into the crowd to get as close to the front as possible.
The night was 102.7 THE PEAK’s second annual Not So Silent Night. This gritty and explosive show did more than just entertain some grunge hungry Vancouverites, it also raised money for the Convent House in Vancouver. Partial ticket proceeds went to the Covenant House and they also accepted donations for the Christmas Backpacks Campaign. The Covenant House helps young people aged 16 to 24 who have fled physical, emotional and sexual abuse; those who have been forced from their homes; and those who have aged out of foster care.
Wasting no time, Hollerado leapt on stage with the energy of a caged lion released to the wild for the first time. Fans surged forward and the Commodore turned from gig venue to mosh pit in seconds. Frontman Menno Versteeg took on savage mode immediately and played hits like “Fake Drugs and “Americanarama”. The chemistry of these Ottawa boys rivals that of Joe Biden and Obama. They are such a tight unit, it’s no surprise that three out of four of them grew up on the same street in Ottawa. After their set, like the good Canadian boys that they are, they jumped off stage and just chilled with the rest of the crowd.
More beers were poured and more cigs were smoked in anticipation for Black Pistol Fire. The crowd surged even further forward and ribs crushed into the metal gate as everyone waited for their favourite Torontonians to came on stage. Then the insanely dynamic duo casually sauntered on stage, drummer Eric Owen sat himself at his drum kit and frontman Kevin McKeown picked up his guitar and they went right into “Lost Cause”. All minds instantly melted as the penetrating, high-octane tunes took over all minds, bodies and souls. These mindless, soulless bodies moshed to “Hipster Shake,” “Speak of the Devil” and “Fleet Foot,” to name a few bangers. The undeniable musicianship is mind-boggling and surreal to watch. They left all fans wondering, ‘Holy shit, HOW is this only two dudes playing?’
When Black Pistol Fire walked off the stage, the passion of the show could be felt deep in the bones of all fans. They knew they had witnessed something truly incredible.