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Interview:
Detroit's Pistol Day Parade is cocked, locked, ready to rock
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Detroit's Pistol Day Parade isn't quite a household name in the world of mainstream rock yet. But many of the pieces are falling into place for it to get there some day.

The group has scored a couple of No. 1 hits at home town WRIF-FM -- "Better" and "Rockstar's Girlfriend," the latter of which hit the Top 40 on Billboard's Active Rock Charts as well. It has an EP ("She Wants More") and album ("Burn") to its credit, and this summer it's on the road with Ted Nugent, a personal favorite of guitarist Rob Banks, who attended one of Nugent's Kamp For Kids as a youth.

"I think things are going great for (the band)," says Banks, 35, who hails from Westland. "You always things can go faster, but just like anything else you've got to put in the legwork. Right now we're finally in a position where things can start rolling for us. We have a great team in place, a great radio campaign kicking off and a great tour.

"We've always had good momentum, but I think now we'll start to see the momentum jump forward a little more."

Pistol Day Parade, which headlines this year's 101 WRIF Biker Bash, has gotten a chance to see how it plays out of town via limited but impactful touring. It played in Las Vegas last fall and visited the South By Southwest Music Conference and Festival in Texas. And Banks says he and his bandmates were pleased to see that it the response appears to be universal.

"I think we won the hearts of the crowd in Texas, and we took Vegas by storm," Banks says. "We played three nights in a row (in Vegas) to basically sold-out events -- at the House of Blues there for a music convention and the next night with Our Lady Peace on Fremont Street, which was off the hook. By the end of the set, the whole crowd was singing 'Rockstar's Girlfriend.'

"Everywhere we got it's starting to make an impact. That's the goal. And there's a who list of new states to hit on this tour (with Nugent), so we're excited to spread the word."

101 WRIF Biker Bash featuring Pistol Day Parade, Citizen Zero and Chit

Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, July 19

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township

Admission is free

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.wrif.com

Web Site: www.wrif.com

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