213. Beat the Devil’s Tattoo – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
BEAT THE DEVIL’S TATTOO (2010)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC)
One of the more recent releases on this list, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s sixth recent is just plain brilliant!
For the uninitiated BRMC infuses folk, rock, blues, Americana and various other influences while keeping themselves footed squarely in the garage. From fuzzy psychedelia to acoustic Americana folk any attempt to pigeon-hole BMRC will leave the listener frustrated.
Headed by guitarist Peter Hayes and bassist Robert Levon Been, BRMC took there name from the classic Marlon Brando Film, The Wild Bunch. Over the course of six albums that have built an intensely loyal fan base and have toured constantly. But those looking for blatantly evangelical lyrics may find themselves disappointed while those seeking a Biblical worldview in a clearly worldly discourse amongst the fuzzy rock will be greatly rewarded.
Musically fans of The Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Verve and The Jesus and Mary Chain will find much to love here. This is music birthed in a garage and nourished in the bar. Greasy, grimy, oily rock littered with dirt, dust and a penchant for the real.
Emotions feel tortured and lonely. There is no high energy pop numbers where listeners get an unreserved desire to get up and dance. Rather a somber angst bubbles underneath just waiting to explode as occasionally it does. Hayes and Been appear to be more influenced by Johnny Cash than Mick Jagger.
While touring in support of this release in Europe, bassist Robert Levon Been’s father passed away from heart failure back stage. Been’s father’s name was Michael.