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OriginSan Diego, California
GenresIndie rock
Piano rock
Years active2004-2007
LabelsMontalban Hotel
Associated actsChandeliers
MembersConor Meads - piano/vocals
Justin Shannon - guitar/vocals
Dave Silverman - bass
Cory Stier - drums
Past membersAlex Kuhse - bass
Derek Miller - bass

Pistolita was an indie rock band from San Diego, California. They previously toured as an opening act for bands such as Brand New and Saves the Day, and were featured on the Volcom Stage at Warped Tour 2006.[1]

Pistolita was a nominee for Best Alternative Album at San Diego Music Awards.[2] The ceremony was held on September 18, 2006.


Conor Meads and Cory Stier were childhood friends and next door neighbors. Although Meads was three years older, the two were inseparable. Justin Shannon (guitar) and Alex Kuhse (bass) knew Meads and Stier from high school, and in the wake of their graduation, the four friends decided to put their musical talents together and start Pistolita. The band was primarily influenced by Fugazi, At the Drive-In, Hot Water Music and Hot Snakes. In 2006 the band parted ways with Alex, who went on to become a lifetime bass tech and understudy for Joey Demaio of Manowar. Alex also went on to form the San Diego party rock and roll band Midnight Eagle with AnalBob, a gay club promoter. Shortly after going through two more bassists, the band broke up.

Conor Meads followed up "Oliver Under The Moon" with 2009 "The Paper Boy (EP)".

Pistolita was the first signing on Montalban Hotel Records, a label run by booking agent Andrew Ellis, as a subsidiary of East West Records and Warner Music Group.

Their song "Beni Accident" was featured on EA Sports' video game NHL 07.




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