LIVE REVIEW: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, o2 Academy (London), 11/12/2010

Maybe it is because the Rebels hail from San Francisco, possibly one of the coolest music scenes and their reputation is mutually impressive – developing their sound fast and touring with bands such as the Dandy Warhol’s and quickly earned brownie points as the new hope for American Rock music.

 Maybe it is because recent album, Howl, is under my list of “most-played” items.

 But for whatever reason,I was a little bit disappointed with my night with one of the coolest rock bands to play Brixton 02 Academy. The night started well with Whatever Happened to My Rock and Roll to which a small pit of moshers broke out whilst most people stood enthusiastically head-bopping. I was not one of these sophisticated few, but rather leapt up and down like the floor was on fire. Another highlight was Shuffle Your Feet which did get some people doing just that.

 However, as the night progressed it seemed most of the tracks were loud and fast and I craved the more subtle tracks such as the Line. Much of the night I felt as though I had gone to see my friend’s band at a local dive bar and as talented as they were, I’d rather have listened to them playing in their lounge.

If you like your bands louder than logical, this is the band to see live.

Reviewer:Dominique Gozdawa
Rating:3/5

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