Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club w/ The newno2
On their turn-of-the-century debut album, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club really did feel like rebels, deftly making the case for loud, psychedelic rock ’n’ roll at a time when it had fallen out of favor. The prominent garage-rock revival of the early 2000s vindicated the San Francisco group, but it also left them without much of an obvious mission statement, putting these one-time insurgents for the first time on defense instead of offense. The band threw a curveball with 2005’s Howl, branching out to explore acoustic blues and folk, but subsequent albums have been less radical, with bluesy undertones mostly drowned out by the trio’s traditionalist, electric rock. This year saw the release of their new Specter at the Feast, which contains a cover of The Call’s 1989 track “Let the Day Begin,” a tribute to BRMC member Robert Been’s late father, Michael Been, who sang for The Call and produced his son’s band.