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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Live)

November 11, 2009
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Live)

Written By: Joe Cardenas


Label: Vagrant – Rating:

The live album. Often overlooked and discerned by fans.

The live album is loved by some, but equally hated by others. A live album is tricky, as it sometimes does not represent the band or their sound as well as fans hope. It is also seen as inferior because hearing the live performance is not the same as seeing it or hearing it in person. So with the complexity of the live album and its arguable concept, will BRMC’s album Live succumb to these faults?

I was a bit curious to see how BRMC would perform their songs live. Knowing the instrumental effects they use, and the polished sound their albums have, it could have been a disaster. They really did an excellent job of transcribing the sounds, although not exactly the same, they still produce the same energy but with a grungier and more punk-rock effect. It’s pretty rad hearing your favorite BRMC songs in that sense, a reason in itself to hear this album out.
The first track ‘Weapon of Choice’ really had me worried as the quality of the sound is really disappointing, and reoccurring mic problems makes matters worse. The low quality is reminiscent of underground garage-bands, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I was expecting more. Things do pick up on the second track thankfully, and the energy and clarity that was missing in the previous track becomes more apparent. Listeners might get put off by this as it is not common to start the album with the worst track.

The album really starts to gain some momentum after the first two songs. Notable tracks include: ‘Berlin,’ ‘No Easy Way Out,’ and a beautiful rendition of the classic folk song ‘Dirty Old Town.’

The energy is consistent all the way ’till the end. The instruments are clearly heard and it’s a nice surprise to hear the bass so dominantly. I really wasn’t aware of how much the bass contributed to BRMC’s songs, a good example of how implementable bass guitar is to the foundation of a tune.

Despite low quality and sound issues in certain songs, BRMC’s album, Live is still fun to listen to. All their hits are played and a good amount of energy is put into it. Fans will definitely want to include this to their collection cause it offers their favorite songs in a new light and shows the skillfulness of BRMC’s ability to playing live.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club reveals tracklisting, artwork for LIVE DVD

September 16, 2009

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club today reveal the tracklisting and cover art for their previously announced three-disc Live DVD due out November 10, 2009 on Abstract Dragon/Vagrant. The band is also giving away a free remix of “Not What You Wanted” to fans today via their website; www.blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com.

The DVD features over two hours of live concert footage from three sold out shows in Berlin, Dublin and Glasgow. The footage documents the end of the band’s 2007 tour in support of Baby 81, their most recent full-length release and was directed and edited by Tessa Angus with live audio mixed by BRMC’s own Peter Hayes.

The second bonus DVD features over ninety minutes of intimate, behind-the-scenes footage as well as additional performance footage. The package is rounded out by a bonus audio CD featuring 14 songs from the concert film and a 48-page photo booklet.

The Los Angeles, CA-based group is currently at The Station House studio in Hollywood finishing work on their fifth studio album. The as-yet-untitled album is expected to have a March 2010 release.

BRMC is: Robert Levon Been – bass, vocals, Peter Hayes – guitar, vocals, Leah Shapiro – drums.

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB LIVE DVD
Berlin
Weapon Of Choice
Rise Or Fall
666 Conducer
Ain’t No Easy Way
Weight Of The World
Stop
All You Do Is Talk
Red Eyes and Tears
As Sure As The Sun
American X
Spread Your Love
Love Burns
Mercy
Dirty Old Town
Promise
Six Barrel Shotgun
Whatever Happened To My Rock n’ Roll (Punk Song)
Fault Line
Took Out A Loan
The Show Is About To Begin
Heart & Soul

LIVE CD
Weapon of Choice
Rise or Fall
666 Conducer
Ain’t No Easy Way
Berlin
Red Eyes and Tears
Love Burns
Mercy
Dirty Old Town
Promise
Six Barrel Shotgun
Spread Your Love
Took Out A Loan
Whatever Happened To My Rock N’ Roll (Punk Song)

BONUS FEATURES
Howl Studio Sessions
Making of “Weapon of Choice” Video
“Devil’s Waiting” (Somerset House)
“Rifles:” Live at T In the Park
American X: Short Film
BBC Radio Sessions Birmingham Interview
“Feel It Now” Jam
Bonus Concert Footage