TVD Live Shots: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
at the 9:30 Club, 1/29

Monday night the 9:30 Club hosted San Francisco based noise-rock outfit, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club who played a near-two hour set for a sold out crowd. This week’s stop was BRMC’s first appearance at the famed DC venue since 2013, and judging by the warm reception they received, they’ve been sorely missed. 

Touring to promote their newest release Wrong Creatures, the band hit a high note right out of the box with the dissonant track, “Spook,” the second song from their new effort. The band followed with the dirty, “Little Thing Gone Wrong.” It was quite clear they’re more than comfortable with their new material and spilt the night pretty evenly between new and older songs.

Bassist, Robert Levon Been and guitarist extraordinaire Peter Hayes were in fine form sharing vocal duties as they grinded through their fuzzy, overdriven tones which are married exquisitely to Leah Shapiro’s pounding rhythms.

Wrong Creatures is the band’s eighth studio album and was released via Vagrant Records last month. Of the twelve new songs on the LP, four were released prior to the album-drop as a preview of the record. There was an ample buzz surrounding the tracks and the folks in DC seemingly knew the new album very well. Wrong Creatures is available on CD, USB, and in a double vinyl edition.

The band’s current tour had essentially started in October of 2017, and has lead BRMC through most of Europe with a dozen or so US states. Their DC stop marked one of their last nights of the tour and helped to bring the band’s live show total to 1260 since 1999.

SETLIST
Spook
Little Thing Gone Wrong
King of Bones
Ain’t No Easy Way
Berlin
Conscience Killer
Stop
Question of Faith
Circus Bazooko
White Palms / I Don’t Wanna Be a Soldier – John Lennon Cover
Echo
Carried From the Start
Dirty Old Town – Ewan MacColl Cover
Screaming gun
Shuffle Your Feet
All Rise
In Like the Rose
Six Barrel Shotgun
Spread Your Love
Red Eyes and Tears
Ninth Configuration
Whatever Happened to My Rock ’n’ Roll (Punk Song)

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