Pistol Shot Gypsy is a band based out of Providence, Rhode Island. In their bio information on www.pistolshotgypsy.com you will find they claim the following: we use the oldschool of the 70’s, the party of the 80’s, and the feelings of the 90’s – with a hint of metal.
So not having a lot to go on this is what I decided to set out and investigate. I feel a bit like an idiot putting this much thought into because you can simply look at their promo pic above and see all three eras. Even the drummer Steve Raposa might be more from the 2K beat boy era.
We have determined they have the look to back up the statement, but what about the live show? Well once again thats an easy one. On the bottom of this article you will see a video that shows the band has the chops on stage. The 70’s is there with the guitar work from Ian Haggerty, James Thompson and Jeff Instasi. The 80’s is there with the over the top stage moves and high reaching vocals of Ronnie Travis. As for the 90’s thats easily defined with the crowd participation you see and hear. People seem to eat these guys up and since they are planning International tours I might get the opportunity to see it.
Now for the most important part:
Obviously the most important part is the music. Trust me the boys have that down. You can find several tracks on their MySpace and they are a treat to listen to. They do blend all three era, plus a hint of Metal. Are they Metal? Not sure, but certainly a harder side of Rock.
Tracks like “Train Wreck” and my favorite “Slave Yourself” blend some great guitar riffs with some awesome drum work. On Slave Yourself the back up vocals are brought forward with the lead and it make for some amazing melodies in an almost alternative feel.
Another track you will find is “Just My Luck.” Its a very basic Rock song, but the guitar work makes it move along very nicely and adds once again some Alternative influences that modernize the song.
I really enjoy the work of the band and look forward to them being on the road, but let me tell you another reason why I think they are going to make it. Their PROFESSIONAL!!!!! They have the look, the website, proper content, management, and most importantly: band members that realize its all about the fans.
To expand on this I learned of the band from guitarist Ian Haggerty and he contacted me with a submission in the most unusual way. The email started talking about welovemetal.com and the content of it. This guy actually did the work to read what we do and think if we would be interested in featuring them. Then he went on to explain about his band and how they are very personable with their fans creating a very loyal fanbase. What Ian did proves they have what it takes and trust me its much better then some yahoo emailing us and saying, “Hey check out our shit!”
Anyway to conclude the band doesn’t have a lot of bio info as far as history and how they came together so I couldn’t cover that as much as I would normally, but this is more a story of a band that is on the verge of breaking out by backing up their statements in the music and realizing this is a professional business their involved in.
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