BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB
Having the chance to release more than one critically-acclaimed album over the course of a career is no small feat and releasing a sixth is plain remarkable. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club continue to cement their place in the rock ‘n’ roll landscape, as they put the finishing touches on their new LP, Specter At The Feast, due out March 19, 2013, following studio album five, Beat The Devil’s Tattoo. Rolling Stone deemed that album “unremittingly grim, and undeniably fun,” and quipped “few bands wear their frowns so well.”
The notoriously mysterious trio remains true to their sonic template – fuzzy guitars, blues licks, atmospheric feedback – yet drew inspiration from a very different place for this new release. In August 2010, the band unexpectedly lost someone they often referred to as their fourth member, Michael Been, also bassist Robert Been’s father. After taking some time off BRMC returned to their roots, their love of making music, and recalled their very first album as reference. They ventured to Robert Been’s hometown of Santa Cruz, CA to record some of this album – the very same place they recorded their unanimously praised self-titled debut LP. Been says: “Peter, Leah and myself are dying to get out of this studio right now and back into the fight. It’s taken us a long while getting back on our feet, but the time has come.”
The three members of Band of Skulls, Russell Marsden (guitar & vocals), Emma Richardson (bass & vocals) & Matt Hayward (drums), first met at college and quickly discovered that having two lead singers and three songwriters in a band was always going to present unlimited possibilities. With their creative process and sonic path fully intact the band quickly established themselves in the music and art community with a series of culturally inspired club nights in Southampton, London and further a field in Moscow and Tokyo.