Back in the 50s the outlandish little Richard wore his pompadour quiff just a little higher than his contemporaries, to stand out…
The tribal drums of the Gypsy Pistoleros new single gives way to an intro that Sweet would be proud of! The singalong content with attendant – “Yeahs, yeahs, yeahs” – lulls you into the playful approach but the message is serious. The leading question, “What’s it like to be a girl?” is not rhetorical. The single explores the inherent dangers of toxic masculinity; in this, the age of supposed enlightenment, the issue of toxic masculinity is nearly as serious as a band’s image.
Gypsy Pistoleros have thought long and hard about their image and as cultural magpies have borrowed from the dressing up box of the last few decades. This band are not afraid. Furthermore, the Pistoleros are certainly not afraid of the grease paint. This is epic theatre for a climate of uncertainty.
In the political wastelands of 70s Dave Hill, of Slade, out shone his Glam rock peers with his bacofoil outfits… “you write ‘em and I will sell ‘em.”
Do you recall the bands that came off the council estates and reinvented themselves because they knew how mundane their lives were? Lemmy always maintained “that people wanted their rock-stars to have been beamed down from another planet.” Guess what? Gypsy Pistoleros have just breached the stratosphere with all the swagger, kohl eyeliner and attitude of a band that are determined to try because their teachers, peers and society have told them they have lost already.
By: The Swilgate Scuttler
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