"We plan on deconstructing music", says
Kevin Cherello (vocals, guitar). Stripping the Pistol
formed with the intention of breaking the rules. The
Chicago five-piece blends aggression with melody.
The seamless interplay of the dueling vocalists is
balanced by the precision, power and energy of the
music. Their 3-song sampler featuring "Five of
You", "I Think There's Something Wrong"
and "Gone Beautiful" caused an industry
and Internet buzz rarely seen for such a new band.
"We recorded it in one day, just to hear the
music on tape", explains Kyriakos. With no intention
on unleashing it to the masses, the band was surprised
once the labels started courting them.
Matt Walker (Smashing Pumpkins, Filter) performed
drum duties on the three tracks. Finding a permanent
member on drums after having recorded with Matt seemed
an unenviable task for the members. Fortunately, Joe
Nunez left Soulfly and joined the band.
Determined to play
by their own rules, Kyriakos and Kevin share vocal
duties and in the process create truly unique, innovative
and compelling music. Influenced by different genres,
however, and not confined by any, Stripping the Pistol
is free to explore the heaviness of metal and the
melody of pop. "Heavy music often lacks melody
and dynamics", states Kevin. "Other genres
need aggression and energy" according to Kyriakos.
Stripping the Pistol has both as evidenced by their
latest offerings "Sunshine in the Rain"
"Black Reflection" "Hope" and
The energy of the recording is only surpassed the
by the chaotic, angry and manic live performance.
The band anchored by John Almonte on bass and Joe
on drums plays with a frantic urgency, which is balanced
by the guitar virtuosity of John Lovette and Kevin.
The dueling vocalists command the attention of the
audience. Kyriakos menacingly stalks the stage visually
representing his heavy, raw and screaming vocals.
While Kevin's chaotic movements are the perfect counter
to the power and grace of his vocals.
Metal Hammer (UK) picked the band
as one of the bands to watch. Their track "I
Think There's Something Wrong" was handpicked
by Sharon Osbourne for inclusion on the DVD release
of the Osbournes. Matt Pinfield calls "Black
Reflection" a rock anthem. Roy Thomas Baker (Producer
Queen, the Cars, Guns n Roses) refers to "Sunshine
in the Rain" as a "bloody hit".
Kevin Cherello (vocals, guitar)
John Lovette (guitar)
John Almonte (bass)
Joe Nunez (drums)
Download Black Reflections by Stripping The Pistol
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