Trio rollin’ with the punches

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - WHAT’S ON -

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

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