The band do another secret club date in the middle of the night...

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB and THE COOPER TEMPLE CLAUSE kicked off the next great tour of the year at last night’s (February 6) NME AWARDS SHOW.

Along with Britpackers Kasabian, the two bands stormed London Brixton Academy on the first night of BRMC’s UK dates, on which the

Coopers are supporting.

And to round off a week that has seen BRMC play a slew of tiny club shows at London’s Underworld and Garage, as well as Alan McGee’s Death Disco, the night ended at Camden’s Monarch, where BRMC played a not-so-secret show in honour of Har Mar Superstar’s birthday, which also saw NME Awards Tour stars The Rapture and The Von Bondies behind the decks.

The Coopers’ set saw bassist Didz climb down from the stage and stand face-to-face with the crowd in front of the security barrier. After the show, he joked to NME.COM: “I’ve been

known to go to the bar before whilst playing certain songs. I always used to pull my lead out, so someone had the bright idea of getting me some kind of radio pack, and at first I thought it was very stupid, but it really releases you. You can go to the bar and into the crowd and go for a piss if you need to.”

Of the imminent UK dates, he said: “It’s two very, very good bands, I think we’re forming together for a really killer punch. That’s my prediction, but we’ll see what happens. So far it’s looking pretty good.”

Black Rebel, meanwhile, were in equally good spirits, with Peter Hayes telling NME.COM: “The first time we

came to Brixton, the whole thing was bigger than us, you know? Then all of a sudden people gave a shit and we were playing this enormous, legendary venue. We supported here with Neil Young

and Primal Scream, but that’s a whole different ball game. Once the weight’s on your shoulders, things change, and this time we were ready for the challenge. I still can’t believe it, but sometimes it catches you sooner than you think. The number of people here, I can’t even count that high!”

Hayes also revealed that after the tour, the band will be returning home, during which time they will continue work on their third album. He said: “We’re gonna go back for the second half of our break, but we’re not gonna get lazy. Our mind is pretty much set on the next record. We’re gonna play around with some new stuff and get close to finishing it. It’s stripped down, but it’s not an acoustic record. It’s rootsy


The band now go out on the road across the UK, calling at:

Brighton Dome (7)

Cambridge Corn Exchange (9)

Southampton Guildhall (10)

Liverpool University Academy (11)

Glasgow Carling Academy (12)

Leeds Blank Canvas (13, 14)

Dublin Ambassador Hall (16)

Belfast Mandela Hall (17)

Middlesborough Empire (19)

Preston The Mill (20)

Sheffield Leadmill (21)

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