Monday, November 30, 2009

Hotline: BRMC prep new album; Boston gig 4/3

BRMC is in the news, and not because I used to name my fantasy baseball teams "Black Rebel Baseball Club." Ahem. Let's dance in the land of Hotlinez:

California rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is back with a new album, new tour dates, a new drummer and a new label partnership. All that’s missing is a new sound, but they already banged that out for 2005’s Americana shuffle-bake album “Howl.” (Oh, we kid we kid – stripped-down stuff like “Sympathetic Noose” and “Still Suspicion Holds You Tight” hold up very well. It just caught us off-guard, s'all.)

Fresh off the guaranteed riches from inclusion in the “Twilight Saga: New Moon” soundtrack, this latest effort, dubbed “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo,” should extend the rock-meets-noise return-to-form shown in 2007’s “Baby 81,” which brought back the heavy psychedelic grit to their bluesy, sprawling alt-rock sound. The trio hits the House of Blues on April 3, and a pre-sale for all dates on their 27-date winter-spring North American tour go on sale Wednesday.

I’ll admit that “Baby 81” didn’t really grip me the way those first two fist-pump releases did, but it was fun dancing to “Berlin” at those local indie parties when the disc first dropped. Last year’s online-only instrumental album “The Effects of 333” didn’t really register anywhere outside fan clubs, apparently.

Let’s recall that sensation felt when “Love Burns” and “Spread Your Love” crashed our dirty garage rock-loving hearts back in 2001, and let’s get acquainted with the new BRMC, complete with news on their own label Abstract Dragon. Word from the good folks at Ink-Tank PR:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club takes fifth studio album into own hands: “Beat The Devil's Tattoo” due March 9, via own Abstract Dragon/Vagrant Records

LOS ANGELES, CA – Nov. 30, 2009 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is revving up to unleash their fifth studio album, “Beat The Devil's Tattoo,” on March 9, 2010, signifying the band's first full-length on their own Abstract Dragon, in partnership with Vagrant Records. This album welcomes exciting beginnings, including new drummer Leah Shapiro, as well as their new label, though the trio returned to the familiar setting of Philly to pen this record. They wrote and recorded it in the very studio that produced their widely acclaimed third LP, Howl, before returning to hometown L.A. to add the finishing touches.

The band's accustomed globetrotting will recommence with an initial headline tour, kicking off Feb. 26 in Sacramento and culminating at New York City's Webster Hall on April 8. Pre-sale for all shows will start Wednesday, Dec. 2, available here.

Known for their impassioned live performances, the band recently offered a 2 DVD, 1 CD set aptly titled, “Live” (Abstract Dragon/Vagrant), earlier this month. The DVDs feature more than two hours of concert footage captured from three sold out shows in Berlin, Dublin and Glasgow, and chronicles the end of the band's 2007 tour in support of “Baby 81.” Additionally, it includes intimate, behind-the-scenes footage, glimpses into the making of 2005's “Howl” and is rounded out with a bonus live album featuring 14 songs.

February 26 - Sacramento, Calif. @ Harlow's
February 27 - Reno, Nev. @ Knitting Factory
February 28 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ Wasted Space/ Hard Rock Hotel
March 2 - Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre
March 4 - Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory
March 5 - Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox Market
March 6 - Vancouver, B.C. @ Commodore
March 7 - Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom
March 9 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Slim's
March 13 - San Diego, Calif. @ House of Blues
March 14 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Echoplex
March 18 - Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
March 20 - Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
March 21 - Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain's Ballroom
March 23 - St. Louis, Mo. @ Pageant
March 24 - Madison, Wisc. @ High Noon
March 25 - Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
March 26 - Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Turner Hall Ballroom
March 27 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Ave.
March 30 - Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall
March 31 - Cleveland, Ohio @ House Of Blues
April 1 - Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix
April 2 - Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
April 3 - Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
April 5 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
April 7 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Theatre of Living Arts
April 8 - New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall