Trio rollin’ with the punches
THEY’RE not bikies, they’re not black and they’re hardly rebels, but rock ’n’ roll outlaws Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are a tough bunch. Having put out their seventh album, Specter, at The Feast last year, the LA-via-San Francisco band only want to do one thing: rock ’n’ roll. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club twitter handle @BRMCofficial recently ‘‘celebrated’’ drummer Leah Shapiro’s injuries by posting a picture of her blistered digits. ‘‘She’s a tough little lady. She didn’t maintain her calluses and then her blisters became monstrous,’’ says bassist/vocalist Robert Levon Been. In an interview earlier this year, Ian Astbury of The Cult wondered why this thing called rock ’n’ roll had buried 12 of his friends well before their time. Having lost his dad (their roadie no less) to a heart attack backstage three years ago, Levon Been is philosophical. ‘‘When you start writing and making music with other people it makes the highs higher,’’ he says. ‘‘People allow themselves to be taken over by rock ’n’ roll and you burn brighter than most.’’ The last time the swarthy trio were here, Levon Been burned himself out. ‘‘I got a B12 shot to fix me up after the long flight and then I felt too good,’’ he chuckles. ‘‘I over-sang and I lost my voice. I could only communicate by writing things on pieces of paper. So I secretly memorised Bob Dylan’s Johanna – it’s l00 verses long,’’ he exaggerates. ‘‘I surprised everyone by playing it when I got my voice back.’’ Named after the motorcycle club in the Marlon Brando movie The Wild One, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s track Sell It features in the new trailer for Ridley Scott’s film The Counselor, starring Brad Pitt, Goran Visnjic and Michael Fassbender. The film opens in Australia today (see report, page 11).
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club play The HiFi Bar, in Brisbane, on November 17.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club