Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) Released their 8th studio album "Wrong Creatures" in January 2018 through Vagrant Records. BRMC have been going strong for 20 years producing new sounds for each and every song. They are currently on a world tour in support of their new masterpiece, which favorably landed them a support slot opening a few shows for Depeche Mode on the last leg of Depeche Mode's "Global Spirit Tour". With this being said, you can assure how fortunate I felt acquiring the credentials to cover BRMC headlining at The Fillmore for MNPR Magazine.
On this Wednesday night the show was not sold out as I had anticipated, even though it appeared to feel as so. The fans seemed to exude an overly excited energy awaiting for BRMC to hit the stage.
The opening band Restavrant are a duo from Los Angeles. Troy Murrah lead singer on guitar and Tyler Whiteside on drums. Summing up their sound is something of a swamp-punk-junkyard hillbilly bluegrass. Tyler's kit includes a 5 gallon bucket and a couple of bent up license plates on top of a tambourine. Troy's vocals spew from distorted microphone filters, in addition to slide action and loops. Restavrant create an eclectic sound that clearly defines their unique band. One thing for sure, there is never a dull moment in their performance.
BRMC took the stage at 9pm opening with 2 songs off their newest album Wrong Creatures; "Little Thing Gone Wild" and "King of Bones". Robert Levon Been on bass drives these songs with his dark hypnotic lyrics supported by Leah Shapirio's steady back beat of frequent tribal lows on the kit. Peter Hayes layers distorted fuzz on guitar as the stage fills with thick fog and strobing white and green lights enhance the dark mysterious rock-punk-shoe gazing sound. Peter and Robert not only share the spotlight on the mic, but they also traded it up on instruments throughout the set. Peter played guitar and the harmonica on a several songs including "Ain't No Easy Way" off the album Howl for their 3rd song of the night. He delivers a combination of southern rock and blues. This was definitely a crowd favorite. Robert indulged us with his piano skills and emotional lyrics on "Annabel Lee". "Spread Your Love" was the last song before the 3 song encore. This song is infectious, musically and lyrically. Definitely one of my favorites. BRMC ended the set with the infamous "Punk Song". The crowd did not seem restless at all, it felt more like the beginning of a concert.
BRMC played a solid 22 song set list spanning their massive discography including 7 songs off their newest album. The one thing for sure is that this trio will blow your mind musically. They somehow have managed to dig below the depths, struggling to avoid self plagiarism. Clearly unique individuals with like minded musical geniusness that will fuel your soul.
Little Thing Gone Wild
King Of Bones
Ain't No Easy Way
Question Of Faith
Shade Of Blue
Beat The Devils Tattoo
carried from the start
Shuffle Your Feet
Let The Day Begin
In Like The Rose
Red Eyes And Tears
Spread Your Love
Feel It Now
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