By Ian Chainey
Famously down-on-their-luck Canadian heavy metallers Anvil will be playing select dates in October. The band featured in the feel-good redemption documentary Anvil: The Story Of Anvil -- I'm not crying, my computer is dusty -- have three shows lined up: two in Canada and one at NYC's the Bowery Electric on October 19. There they'll be joined by Lords of Mercy, Sweet Magma, and Danse De Sade. Tickets are available now. All three of Anvil's dates appear below.
Speaking of bands that could use a boost, the Bowery Electric has quite the eclectic calendar of upcoming shows. One band that stands out is Metal Pistol, who are playing a few dates in around NYC in the coming months, including Bowery Electric on August 3. The drum-machine aided trio categorize themselves as "hard rock/metal" which is accurate, but doesn't really come close to capturing their oddball magnificence. However, I'm going to try using the multitude of examples at my disposal. Ready?
Example 1: They're named Metal Pistol.
Example 2: Vocalist Sunny Lee also wields a keytar.
Example 3: The picture above.
Example 4: Per their Facebook bio, "Singer-song writer Sunny Lee forges driving acidic melodic lyrics over the heavy metal thunder of Steven Stanley's magnum force." Sure.
Example 5: Guitarist Steven Stanley has one mode: Steve "Magnum Force" Vai.
Example 6: They've been confusingly booked with death metal bands.
Example 7: Just check out their "performance video live" below. Your initial reaction is a raised brow. However, after a bit, it kind of charms the hell out of you. Seriously. I don't know, there's just something about those acidic melodic lyrics.
All of the dates are listed, along with a live video of Anvil and Metal Pistol's performance video appear below.
Anvil -- Upcoming 2014 Shows
Oct 4 - Rockpile East - Toronto, Canada
Oct 11 - Eastside Bar & Grill - London, Cananda
Oct 19 - The Bowery Electric - New York, NY
Metal Pistol -- Upcoming 2014 Shows
Aug 3 - The Bowery Electric - New York, NY
Sep 19 - Heavy Fest at Lit Lounge - New York, NY
Oct 3 - Connolly's - New York, NY
Dec 12 - Alphabet Lounge - New York, NY