Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - B.R.M.C.
NME.COM feature on Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - B.R.M.C. album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 25 August 2008
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- Love Burns
- Red Eyes and Tears
- Whatever Happened to My Rock 'n' Roll (Punk Song)
- White Palms
- As Sure as the Sun
- Take My Time/Rifles
- Too Real
- Spread Your Love
- Head Up High
- At My Door
- Screaming Gun
- Tonight's With You
- Loaded Gun
- The Weight Is More
- Simple Words
When they get stuck into the big dumb gonzo chorus it’s more infectious than yawning
- Aug 15, 2013
BRMC dodge indoor-shades and leather-jacket-clad self parody to find a second wind
- Mar 19, 2013
An earnest offering and not much else
- Mar 12, 2010
The San Francisco trio play 19 tracks in an almost two-hour set
Band's Robert Levon Been performs on pavement after venue's fire alarm sounded
The band will play an intimate free gig on July 23
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - B.R.M.C.: Wikipedia Album Entry
This L.A.-based band (originally hailing from San Francisco) came along just when they were needed most. This self-produced major-label debut boldly plunders a reverb-and-white noise course previously trampled underfoot by long-gone British bands of the late '80s and early '90s (the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Verve, Ride, the Stone Roses, etc.). It all sounds very British, on many levels, despite the fact that only one band member is an Englishman living in exile in the States. On some songs, however, the driving, over-amped guitars (often buzzing with "VU needles-in-red"-type feedback) and pounding drums have a swaggering primeval feel that rivals solid Detroit rock outfits, both old and new (including the Stooges and the Go, to name two). A few have dark, introspective lyrics, with subjects like impending death ("Rifles" at their heart, while others have a positive, more uplifting feel (cf. "Salvation"), but it's really the group's cohesive, solid production overall that captures a shoegazing, blustery rock vibe not heard for nearly a decade or more. Highlights abound on this astonishing disc, including the bitter opening salvo, "Love Burns," the diaphanous space pop of "Too Real," and the flurry of sawtooth guitar scree that is "Whatever Happened to My Rock n' Roll (Punk Song)," a track recalling the manic intensity of the Stooges circa Fun House.
Review by Bryan Thomas
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