Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 9:16 a.m.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
December 21, 2012
While you were busy checking your watch waiting to see if the world would end, 300-400 fans were immersed in the badassery that is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's set on Friday. The San Francisco-bred and Los Angeles-based three-piece concluded a a tiny pre-album three-stop show string that began in San Francisco on Dec. 19, continued into Santa Cruz and concluded on Friday in Los Angeles. Their fifth album, Beat the Devil's Tattoo, shook crowds in 2010 beginning with their self-titled song and the record resonated on through the release of their sixth album.
Now we're on the heels of their sixth LP, set to release it March, and eagerly arrive to a tiny Troubadour to get a taste of that new album. And the three-piece obliged with an 18-song set filled with oldies and new goodies.
I've never seen them in such a small capacity venue before--first at the House of Blues Anaheim and the second at the open-air Del Mar racing track concert series in 2011.
They kept the aloof stage presence I had come to known them for but honestly I had not expected a growing warmth in their stage presence (black and rebel is in their name, if you know what I mean). This is the second time I've seen them perform with drummer Leah Shapiro and banded on the cat calls from the audience, you'd swear that anyone who was there was there to see her ("I LOVE YOU, LEAH!!"). She played in such perfect time you'd swear she was playing to a click.
Of course, Peter Hayes and Robert Been, the Black and the Rebel of this international, infamous motorcycle club were not to be outdone with their perfect harmonies and crisp vocals allotted to them by this intimate venue. If you'll excuse the trite term, they were a trifecta of rock an roll, delivering a record-perfect rendition of their version of gritty rock and/or roll.
They kept it real in their set--there was no encore. Instead they gave you their all in the 18 songs they played and walked off the tiny Troubadour stage, giving you their all while not making you beg for more.
Critic's Bias: All crowd and no photo pit makes Taylor a dull boy.
The Crowd: A darkly-dressed mass of packed sardines.
Overheard in the Crowd: To me for trying to get to the front of the crowd for pictures: "Are you fucking kidding me?! THERE'S NO ROOM!"
Random Notebook Dump: If I ever write a screenplay, "Devil's Waiting" is gonna be part if the score (even if they never play it live when I see them live).
Let the Day Begin (The Call cover)
Beat the Devil's Tattoo
Ain't No Easy Way
Red Eyes and Tears
Six Barrel Shotgun
Spread Your Love