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BRMC Launch Sweat-Soaked Assault On Toronto

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, Ontario
April 1, 2010

Review by: David Fisher

I try to get out to see Black Rebel Motorcycle Club each time they pass through Toronto. They are a raucous trio who have a great aural presence and they always put on an inspired show. Thursday night at the Phoenix was no exception as BRMC throttled out almost two hours of their sonic maelstrom to the sweaty, tightly-packed audience.

BRMC have just released Beat The Devil's Tattoo and are touring it 'fresh out of the shrink-wrap.' They opened with two new tracks, "War Machine" and "Mama Taught Me Better," before diving back into more familiar territory with "Love Burns" and "Red Eyes And Tears" from their 1999 self-titled debut.

The Phoenix might be a bit too small for BRMC as their sound tended toward muddy for most of the night, which was a bit of a disappointment. However, their enthusiasm and take-no-prisoners approach to each song made for rapturous approval from the crowd.

BRMC founding members Peter Hayes (guitarist) and Robert Levon Been (bass guitar and occasional piano) traded vocal leads, guitar-versus-bass lines and silhouetted (back lit) poses all night. BRMC's newest member, ex-Raveonettes drummer Leah Shapiro, enthusiastically pounded out the endless throbbing beats which dominate most of BRMC's songs. Shapiro seems to have found a happy home between Hayes and Been and didn't let her foot off the gas pedal all night.

The band shared music from all of their previous four albums, leaving no stone unturned. The biggest applause of the night was elicited by the song "Half State," a ten-minute stomper from their latest release. It pleased the band greatly to have a brand new song so instantly embraced.

BRMC still captures my fancy and I look forward to seeing and hearing their next sweat-soaked assault on the Toronto music scene.