Patrice Pike and the Black Box Rebellion: Fencing Under Fire (Zainwayne Records)

Patrice Pike and the Black Box Rebellion is the real deal.

There is a lot of crap out there. Every minute you turn around, you hear of some new bolt of lightening striking your radio-friendly world. Sometimes I want to give up paying attention, but I persevere. Good thing. Patrice Pike and the Black Box Rebellion is the real deal. Their new album, Fencing Under Fire, is a great showcase for a great band. PP&BBR were formed out of the ashes of Sister Seven. Pike and Wayne Sutton (guitar) formed the band with Danny Jesus Beltran on bass and Michael Hale on drums. It was a good mix from the start, with the foursome united in their friendship and love of music.

You can hear it on Fencing Under Fire (the title refers to the sport, but is really a metaphor for creating art with integrity.) The songs are beautifully crafted and Pike’s lyrics show a nimble mind at work. One of the standout tracks, “Jackknife Girl,” talks about love and the choices we make between it and our good old American material desires. This could have been just a song about love and love lost, but Pike also uses it to take a hard look at poverty in America. Check out the “Honeytree Lie,” as well.

Were writing Pike’s only talent, it would be substantial; however, she also has an amazing voice. She makes her verbal gymnastics sound effortless. Her performance on “Angels” offers us a full range of what she can do: she growls, she pleads, and she demands. And her great songs are made all the better by the Black Box Rebellion who act as able accomplices.

Having seen Patrice Pike and the Black Box Rebellion in town recently, my only criticism is that the album does not fully capture the energy of the live show. This band should take the world by storm: its heart is in the right place, its talent is undeniable, and it apparently has all the energy of Texas.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply