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Back in Black
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club singer/guitarist Peter Hayes discusses his band's new album, label, and lease on life.

Stuffmagazine.com, 9/6/2005
By Paul Semel

For the guys in Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, last year sucked. Not only did they lose their label (by choice), but they also lost their drummer, Nick Jago (by his choice). But things are much better now. Not only has Nick rejoined the band, but the trio—which also includes singer/guitarist Peter Hayes and bassist Robert Levon Been—have both a new label, RCA, a new album, Howl, and, in a sense, a new sound, as the disc has a stripped-down, bluesy, rootsy sound they previously relegated to their acoustic shows. Though as Peter explains, it's still the same old band.

STUFF: Last year, after you split from your label and your drummer, was there a point where you thought, "Fuck it, I'm out of here!"
PETER: Well, that would've meant going to work in pizzeria or a gas station. Which I could do—I can make pizza, and I've worked in a gas station as a mechanic—but I really just want to make music. And I only really want to do it with this band. I don't want to be a solo guy.

So when Nick decided to come back, did you haze him at all?
No, no, we just told him that if he wants to get drunk and be hungover, just don't get grumpy at us because you're hungover. But we're going to do the same; if we're drunk and hungover, we're not going to throw our dirty laundry on him.

What was the first thing you guys did after you got back together?
Sat in a park and talked. We just sat under a tree, talked a while, and then, a couple days later, we started practicing.

Did he make it back in time to be on Howl?
He played on “Promises,” and, for the most part, me and Rob did the rest of the drums.

Given how the album sounds more like your acoustic shows as opposed to your other albums, are you worried some fans might be thrown for a loop?
I actually think it's great if someone's thrown for a loop. I'm really proud of these songs. But we're also under the assumption that our fans are fans of music, so we think they'll get it.

You've just started touring. What do you guys do on the tour bus?
Stare out the window, listen to music, play guitar. Sleep. Mostly sleep. We're up until five or six in the morning, so when we get on the bus we usually just sleep until we get to the next town.

You guys always wear black. Don't you ever feel like wearing something festive?
No, I can't say I ever do. Not sure why. I just stick with what's easy.

BRMC's new album, Howl, is now available.








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