BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – Bold Third Longplayer ‘HOWL’ Came Out 15 Years Ago

23 August 2020

Band: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (San Francisco)
Active: Since 1998
Album: HOWL
LP’s title: A direct reference to Allen Ginsberg‘s poem Howl
Released: 22 August 2000 – 15 years ago

Keyline: “If you want it thoughtful and passionate but still alive and realistic,
then give Howl a chance, BRMC have grown up and grown interesting.
” – AllMusic

Pitchfork wrote: “There might be a tiny hint of desperation fueling much of Howl,
but ultimately the record is an oddly earnest experiment for BRMC, and once they
learn to drop the weird, obligatory signifiers, their new direction may actually prove
more fruitful than their last: Cramming together brash rock snottiness with meek
country hollers is hardly uncharted territory (not that it matters), but BRMC’s
particular mash-up still makes for a strangely intriguing party.”
Score: 7/10.

Singles/clips: Shuffle Your Feet / Ain’t No Easy Way / Weight Of The World

(splendid live performance )



Full album…


Back sleeve

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – ‘Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Punk Song) – Holland 2002

‘Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Punk Song)
Pinkpop Festival Holland – 2002

I saw them for the very first time a couple of months before this festival, in a small club in Brussels. It was their first gig in Belgium. They nailed it big time and had a chat with some of us, at the bar, afterward, to find out if we liked it. THEY WERE BLOODY BRILLIANT!

‘Whatever happened…’ was the first single from their 2001 debut album…

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BLACK REBEL MOTORCYLE CLUB – 7th Album ‘WRONG CREATURES’ Gets More Intense With Every Spin…

Weekly fuel to soundtrack your favorite 48 hours…


Rock And Roll Is Dead’ is what many nitwits scream for years now. It’s a lie, it’s a myth, its nonsense. I have no clue at all why some still shout the same rubbish over and over again. If you love intoxicating guitar electricity, big anthemic choruses, cutting stories and the smell of exhilarating grooves in the morning you’ll know where and when to find it, on record and live on a stage, famous or up and coming. As long as genuine rock and roll survivors keep on making touching crackerjack music teenagers will be stimulated and inspired to pick up a guitar and hit a drum. One of those experienced teams – entering their 20th year – is BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB . After their boosting 2001 debut and their first ever gig in Belgium (2 March 2002) I became a fan, I still am. Not all of their records/songs were memorable, but I can easily fill an authentic Wurlitzer jukebox with monumental B.R.M.C strokes. Yesterday their seventh album, titled WRONG CREATURES, came out. There’s less firework than before (but still plenty enough to keep your speakers tremble), but more touching melodramas than ever. Like a real reflection of getting older.

More equilibrium, more emotional meditations that will affect hearts and souls. Overall
it’s a strikingly balanced longplayer. From electrifying steamrollers (Spook / King Of Bones / Little Thing Go Wild) to a string of wholehearted, amplified musings (Haunt / Echo / Ninth Configuration / Question Of Faith / Carried From The Start) all delivered with the vintage leather swagger we, fans, know so well. After only three spins I know two things for sure: 1/ I need another jukebox and 2/ Rock and Roll is eternal as it’s a most basic expression
of being human. Here we go…


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