Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
CONTEST – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ The Phoenix – April 11, 2010
Tessa AngusWhen Black Rebel Motorcycle Club first surfaced nigh on a decade ago (egads), they were both hailed as garage/psych-rock revivalists clad in scowls and black leather jackets and dismissed as, well, garage-psych-rock revivalists clad in scowls and black leather jackets. They’ve since managed to forge a respectable career that’s taken them from the the aforementioned drone rock to stripped down, acoustic blues-country and back again while losing members, regaining members and losing them again (all of the above referring to founding and now departed drummer Nick Jago).
Their latest album Beat The Devil’s Tattoo – their first with new permanent drummer Leah Shapiro – is perhaps their most realized effort in fusing their amplified and acoustic sides, featuring plenty of volume and riffage but some bluesy swagger injected into their big rock sound, more dynamics across the breadth of the album and improved songwriting of the sort that only comes when you realize you can’t hide always behind a distortion pedal or ten.
Through all the changes the band’s gone through, their fans have remained steadfast – so much so that when their show at the Phoenix this past Thursday sold out, they had to add a second date a week and a half later at the same venue – they’re back next Sunday, April 11 – and that one’s almost sold out as well. Tickets are $25 in advance, but courtesy of LiveNation, I’ve got three pairs of passes to give away for the show. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want to join the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club” in the subject line and your full name in the body, and have that in to me before midnight, April 7.
And if that’s two shows in a fortnight isn’t enough Black Rebel for you, the band have announced they’re playing an in-store – presumably acoustic – at the Sunrise Records at Yonge and Dundas the afternoon of April 11 at 4PM. Obviously getting there early is advisable.