Last Monday The Gothic Theatre got a dose of good ol' rock and roll courtesy of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I have followed the band religiously since they released their debut album B.R.M.C. back in 2001, as a matter of fact I consider that album one that really stirred me to love music and begin the process of creating my first music blog shortly after.
The band's sound has often revolved during its course, with many comparisons to that of The Jesus and Mary Chain, and others that have influenced them. Often thrown into the class of the garage rock revival, they managed to play an almost two hour set on Monday night. They didn't waste time in getting the party started opening with a cover of The Call's "Let The Day Begin", from their new album Spectre at the Feast. The band pulls of a rarity not often seen today with Hayes and Levon Been alternating on vocals throughout many of their songs. It's that unique dynamic that makes the band a pleasure to listen to. While they maintained that rock vibe throughout the night they did take time to slow it down and perform flawlessly with a couple slower ballads including Hayes "Complicated Situation," and Levon Been on "You Run" halfway through their set. Crowd favorites included "Love Burns," "Six Barrel Shotgun," and "Whatever Happened To My Rock and Roll". The show left me in a place where I can safely say that rock and roll is in a good place thanks to these guys. Their live show will leave you wanting more, with no banter in between songs, it is a straight kick in the face dose of rock at its best.
Setlist: Let The Dy Begin (The Call Cover) | Rival | Red Eyes and Tears | Hate The Taste | Beat The Devil's Tattoo | Whatever Happened To My Rock 'n' Roll | Ain't No Easy Way | Berlin | Returning | Love Burns | You Run (The Call Cover) (Levon Been Acoustic) | Complicated Situation (Hayes Acoustic) | Firewalker | Conscience Killer | In Like The Rose | Lullaby | White Palms/ I Don't Want To Be A Soldier (Lennon Cover) | Six Barrel Shotgun | Spread Your Love | Encore: Sell It | Lose Yourself