The new single and EP from Pistols At Dawn, is enough to get Rock fans, thoroughly excited. “Crown” is the current single off of Nocturnal Youth, a 4 song EP that is certain to leave fans satisfied, yet salivating for more. Formed 6 years ago, in Atlanta, GA, Pistols At Dawn is a 5 piece Hard Rock act, fronted by former Rockstar Supernova finalist, Chris Pierson. Pierson’s mid range vocals, with a strong upper register, as well as the duel guitar assault of Devin White and Tommy Richardson define PAD’s sound. White, along with bassist, Billy Sullivan, drummer, Adam Jaffe, and guitarist, Mike Buffa, were the original lineup of PAD.
Sadly, Mike Buffa passed away in 2018, and the band made the decision to carry on, in his honor. As much as PAD’s sound has elements of the past, it’s the future that they are creating that is most pivotal, for not only them, but music in general. Their current single, “Crown” is a direct affront to those who they deem as fools, masquerading as kings, without mentioning any names of course. Pistols At Dawn’s music is directly inspired and shaped by their societal views, which gives their sound a succinct edge and heightened sense of urgency. Every move by the band is seemingly premeditated, as they attempt to adhere to the principles and intentions that once made rock bands so illustrious.
Nocturnal Youth was produced by Jeff Tomei of Smashing Pumpkins and Matchbox 20 fame, which has proven to be a wise and strategic decision. The way the tracks are balanced, give the band’s sound a brightness, making them radio ready. If you’ve ever been in a band with two guitar players, you know how difficult it is to balance those two very dominant components. Pistols At Dawn, however, make the two guitar setup seem easy, with relatively seamless interplay between Richardson and White. Drummer, Adam Jaffe, brings the sheer power to PAD with his hard hitting, yet focused approach to the kit.
The EP, is rounded out by 4 tracks, including, “Voices,” Now Is The Time,” “Gone Black,” and of course, “Crown.” Pistols At Dawn is more than capable of a full length effort, but in today’s market, less can be more, making EP’s an attractive option. Question everything/stand for nothing/guards break me down. The video for “Crown,” reinforces the concept of the relentless and stupefying pursuit of power, and the “golden god” complex. It’s a simple concept, that introduces us to the band and the incredible amount of passion and intensity that they perform with.
Both “Crown,” and Nocturnal Youth are now available on all streaming platforms. Though, Pistols At Dawn may remind you of a vibe of a time gone by, their prospective success is a part of a larger picture. Rock, as a genre, is now heavily dominated by nostalgia acts, that are in the twilight of their careers. A society that has been tinged by uncertainty, mistrust, and fraudulence, can be well served by the non-violent by nature, rebellion, that is embodied by Rock Music. It’s return to prominence, or at the very least, relevance, is now in the hands of groups like Pistols At Dawn.