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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.”

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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.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Beat The Devil's Tattoo (CD/DVD Deluxe Edition)

The band wrote and recorded the majority of the album at The Basement Studio in Philadelphia, PA – the same room where they wrote and recorded “Howl” the rest was done in their hometown Los Angeles. Beat The Devil’s Tattoo also marks the first album with drummer Leah Shapiro.

Ty Cobb

Ty Cobb

First release on Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Abstract Dragon label. Four track EP from duo Ryan and Paul Cobb recorded primarily with their bedroom four track. They trade roles on not only vocals, but all instruments from the guitar and bass to keyboards and drums. Home-made and lo-fi but crammed full of melodic invention. The jangle 'n' riff guitars and tolling bass remind me of mid-80s indie music, but lead track "Wheel" has jerky post-punk jarring verses which suddenly pour like honey into a pure pop chorus of epic proportions. Think Dinosaur's J.Mascis at his melodic best - tired, lovelorn and beautiful.


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