Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

In 2001, when NME began declaring every man and his dog the ‘saviour of rock’, few bands stood out like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. One-time Brian Jonestown Massacre guitarist Peter Hayes joined bassist Robert Levon Been and drummer Nick Jago to form the band in 1998 and the band’s distinct style set them apart from their contemporaries.

Though the trio released debut album B.R.M.C. in early 2001, it wasn’t until later that year, when indie-rock bands became the flavour of the month, that the band started making an impact on the industry. But while they rode the same wave as bands like The Strokes, The White Stripes and The Vines, BRMC’s trademark sound and striking stage presence made them one of the most interesting bands of the early 2000s.

On the strength of several hit singles ( Love Burns, Whatever Happened to My Rock n Roll, Red Eyes and Tears, Spread Your Love), the band spent the next two years touring, and hit Australia for the first time when they appeared at Splendour in the Grass in 2002.

The highly anticipated follow-up came in the form of Take Them On, On Your Own in 2003 and, despite hits in the form of Stop and Six Barrel Shotgun, the album failed to shift units. After spending the majority of 2004 touring the record, the band was dropped by Virgin Records midway through the tour and, after a disastrous gig in Edinburgh, tensions within the band caused Jago to leave in August of that year.

After Jago’s departure, Been and Hayes continued to record material for the band and, early in 2005 they signed a deal with RCA for their third album. Jago returned to the band shortly before the release of Howl, which was hailed by critics as a major breakthrough. Rather than opting for the reverb and feedback of the first two albums, the trio recorded an album of bluesy roots-rock numbers that drew more from Johnny Cash than their earlier influences (The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine).

Baby 81, the fourth studio album from BRMC is due for release on May 1 and will feature the single Weapon of Choice. While the album is a return to the band’s earlier sound, Hayes, Been and Jago’s skills as in songwriting and arrangement place Baby 81 at the halfway point between Howl and the first two records.


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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Spectre At The Feast

By Rhett Davis 16th Mar, 2013

Emotional weight elevates the record above a run of the mill rock record. This isn’t just some black clad guys (and gal) in a bit of a mood; it’s an honest if not open, reaction to loss.

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Listen: New Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

By Jesse Setaro 22nd Jan, 2013

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have premiered the first single from their upcoming album Specter At the Feast.

International news round-up: “the time has come”

International news round-up: “the time has come”

By Jody Macgregor 18th Nov, 2012

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club return, everyone’s making a musical except Courtney Love – all this, and more, in our weekend round-up of international news

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Metros Fremantle (03/08/10)

By Matt Sullivan 8th Aug, 2010

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club thunder into Metros Fremantle with their swampy garage-rock show, with support from The Art.

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Splendour In The Grass @ Woodfordia (30/07/2010)

By Crystle Fleper 3rd Aug, 2010

Splendour day one reviewed in depth.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mancini 500 @ Billboard, Melbourne (28/07/2010)

By Aidan Stewart 29th Jul, 2010

Real Rock n Roll. BRMC remain one of the coolest bands around in terms both style and presence on stage.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Fowler’s Live, Adelaide (27/07/10)

By Darren Leach 28th Jul, 2010

Seven long years but it was worth the wait.

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BRMC add extra date

By Tom Mann 7th Jun, 2010

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Melbourne show sold out in less than a day, so the band has added a second show.

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Splendour sideshows for BRMC

By Tom Mann 22nd Apr, 2010

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has announced a run of sideshows from the band’s show with the Splendour in the Grass festival.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat the Devil's Tattoo

By Helen Davidson 20th Apr, 2010

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club play guitar music and leave the experimenting to other bands.

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Splendour In The Grass 2010 line-up

By Sarah Smith 14th Apr, 2010

After enduring months of gossip and speculation it is with much excitement that we officially announce the Splendour In The Grass 2010 line-up.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club fires up again

By Jack Tregoning 2nd Dec, 2009

Having last swaggered down our way for Falls Festival in 2007, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are about to have good reason to come back.

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Gyroscope Gyroscope said on Mon 16th Sep, 2013
"This Is Totally New Information!"
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misskja misskja said on Mon 28th Jan, 2013
"awesome news, cant wait for the album and then a tour, on..."
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Denistheman81 Denistheman81 said on Wed 4th Aug, 2010
"Angus was baked."
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