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Mojo

April 2018

    NEIL YOUNG – ROCK’S ULTIMATE REBEL – stars on an extra-special, gold-emblazoned MOJO cover. Inside, in a world-exclusive interview, he holds forth on Crazy Horse, Donald Trump, Spotify and more, while key collaborators offer insights into a career of doing the exact opposite of what’s expected. MOJO’s free CD follows the Neil-inspired theme of defiance, with stirring protest rock, folk and funk from Curtis Mayfield, MC5, Gil Scott-Heron, Billy Bragg, Fela Kuti and more. Also in the issue: an in-depth eulogy to The Fall’s Mark E Smith; Roxy Music revisit their stunning debut album; Jimmy Page on plans for Led Zeppelin’s golden jubilee; Jack White explains his audacious new album. Plus: David Byrne; Jonathan Wilson; The Damned’s Dave Vanian; LA Witch; XTC; Tom Waits and Laurie Anderson.

    Back in stock Cover of Wrong Creatures by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
    Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Arcade Fire) and recorded at Sunset Sound Los Angeles over the past few years, the band have taken many unlikely twists and turns, yet have always remained focused on the music and returning again to edge of the stage. “It’s a crazy making machine, it can chew you up as fast as it spits you out. A few years back we literally toured till the wheels came off and Leah’s brain literally started leaking out of her head” says the band’s Robert Levon Been. “It catches up with you, I know I’ve battled on and off with my own depression, and Pete’s head never came with any proper instructions. So you just gotta keep pushing buttons to see what happens.”

    ‘Wrong Creatures’ returns to the core of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s alchemy, yet plunges the knife in even further. From the Cave-esque murder balladry of ‘Haunt’ to the garage punk of ‘Little Thing Gone Wild’, it runs the gamut allowing the band to flex every muscle in their armour. They remain opaque about the songs’ greater meanings, fearful of past misunderstandings. “I find myself writing about death a lot,” says Hayes. “I find myself having a discussion with death, which sounds dark. For me, it’s dark humor.” Talking about mortality allows Hayes to explore life’s great mistakes and regrets. Channelling them through rolling riffs and dirge-laden rhythms that stir the pot before reaching boiling point.

    Ultimately, the band may well be survivors of an era where rock & roll can often be overshadowed by dance pop and garish commercialism. Robert Levon Been: “We are truly an island - come hell or high water, so it’s usually best to dress accordingly. Though I’m not sure what the proper attire is when drowning in fire. But leather usually goes with everything.”

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Filthy, downtuned rock groove, brilliantly accentuated swagger and thumping percussion turn into bold stadium anthems, without turning into a self-indulgent extended solo. It's a careful balancing act but one BRMC have once again stylishly, and successfully managed.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.


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