New Music Friday: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are currently putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming eighth studio album, the follow-up to 2013’s Specter At The Feast, entitled  Wrong Creatures which will be released on January 12th2018.

BRMC – Robert Levon Been — Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Peter Hayes— Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Vocals and Leah Shapiro — Drums, Backing Vocals, Percussion, started to formulate the album in the summer of 2015. Shapiro was six months clear of  life-saving brain surgery for Chiari Malformation, a rare disorder the restricts the flow of spinal fluid between the brain & spine . The trio had come off a tour and began sketching out new songs in their private lockout space appropriately nicknamed ‘The Bunker’ in North Hollywood. “It’s a crazy making machine, it can chew you up good, I mean we literally toured ‘till the wheels came off and Leah’s brain literally started leaking out of her head” says Been. “I know I’ve battled on and off with mental depression, and Pete’s head never came with any proper instructions.”

Nick Launay, famed for his work with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire and most significantly here Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, came in to produce the album, and became a fundamental part of the BRMC machine, providing the band with a sounding board. “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.”

Adds 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.”

North American Tour Dates:
January 15       San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
January 16       Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Bure
January 18       Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
January 19       Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
January 20       Houston, TX @ House of Blues
January 21       New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues                                    
January 23       Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
January 24       Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live                          
January 26       Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
January 27       Charlotte, NC @ The Underground                   
January 29       Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
January 30       Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
January 31       Boston, MA @ Royale
February 2       Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
February 5    Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
February 6    Toronto, ON @ Rebel
February 7       Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
February 9       Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
February 10     Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
February 11     Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
February 12     St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
February 13      Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
February 15      Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
February 16      Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
February 18       Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
February 19   Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
February 20       Seattle, WA @ The Show Box
February 22       Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
February 23       Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
February 24       Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre