nicked our bikes then?"
Mood music circa 2001. That's Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
with their sparse stage lighting, moody guitars that seem to have
minds of their own, and insightful, thought-provoking lyrics.The
result is a dreamy, intellectual experience, whether you're listening
to the group's self-titled debut or seeing an energetic and vibe-laden
live show. The band is fresh off a supporting tour with The Charlatans
and is headlining gigs throughout the United States. BRMC really
proved itself through some rigorous touring.
for the Charlatans, the trio - guitarist and vocalist Peter Hayes
bassist and vocalist Robert Turner
and drummer Nick Jago
- gave the audience an incredible sensory experience. BRMC moved
effortless from some very spacey numbers to right-out rockers. And
always present are the heavy, moving guitars and the equally strong
vocals of both Hayes and Turner.
shows are hopefully real loud," Hayes said during a recent phone
interview. "We get yelled at a lot from the house sound guys." "We
just play for anyone and everyone," Turner added. "It's not going
to get to everyone, because we're doing it for ourselves, too. We've
never tried to play music for just the cool kids. We would have
gone a different route if that were our intention."
the band strikes a chord whether it's with the dreamy Love Burns
or the raucous current single Whatever Happened To My Rock n'
Roll. The lyrics are very well thought out, it seems, and carry
a lot of emotion. "I don't think about it a lot," Hayes said of
songwriting. "Songs come and songs don't come. I kind of let it
be that way." "We try to just write a song without interrupting
it," Turner said. "The best part of writing is that you don't have
a preconceived thing. We come up with a lot of stuff out of jams
- words will just come out of the moment and those are the best
BRMC leaves interpretation of songs to the fans. "Other people can
usually better explain our songs," Turner said. "They're meant to
be undefined." "We're not big talkers on stage," Hayes added. "We
just play music." So what about all those comparisons to shoegazing
bands, especially The Jesus and Mary Chain? Hayes notes that
those bands are good and should be lauded for what they gave to
music, but BRMC is coming from a different place. "I think people
are off base calling us that. We might have a little bit of that
vibe," he said. "It's more kind of an attitude of wanting to get
something done. But it's all right to be compared with them. We
want to bring music up to the top of the pile." "I guess I could
see how people would think that," Turner said of the shoegazing
comparison. "People are going to think what they're going to think.
Our music says a little bit more," he said. "We don't stare at our
shoes, but we do keep our eyes closed," he quipped. And we hope
there's much more to come from BRMC.
The band has enough material for another album but is waiting to
see the success of its current single, Hayes said. "In time we'll
get our name known and find our place to sit within the music world,"