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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club:
Live at the Fine Line Music
Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
Written by: Corey Tate
The boys are back. In what was a great example of
how to play a live gig, BRMC came through Minneapolis
to play the Fine Line Music Café. What
they delivered was a deft set of music that came from
a variety of angles, from their newly aquired acoustic
stylings to the great electric guitar-driven rock/punk/noir
that they have always given us.
The band played for over an hour and a half and never
got stale. No small feat for anyone who has found
themselves yawning or bored during even a small 50
minute set. The band knows how to take the audience
through the quietest of songs without making us all
They also know when to turn things up. In the middle
of the set, they cranked through amped-up versions
of Whatever Happened To My Rock 'N' Roll, Love
Burns, and White Palms. These songs were
loud, energetic, and full of life. Definitely a high
point of the show, as the audience had the biggest
response to these songs. The new material was also
met very receptively, which is saying a lot, as the
album has only been out for a few weeks now and most
people in the audience probably have not been completely
saturated with it yet. Songs like the single Aint
No Easy Way were recognized by the audience right
away, but others were greeted with good reception
and a positive reaction that the crowd approved.
What the band did most consistently was turn their
music on an edge, always invoking enough tension so
as to make familiar songs sound new, and new songs
sound interesting. They have this ability to create
a sense of immediacy through sound, always demanding
your attention. There was a lot of energy, and the
band was a big enough catalyst to create a set of
music that was interesting, fresh, dark, lively, different.
Everything weve come to hope for from BRMC.
Like I said, the boys are back.
Opening act Mark Gardner was a member of former
Madchester outfit Ride, who you may
remember as one of the bands in 90s explosion
of alternative music. They were droning psychedelic
brit-pop, but Mark Gardner has traded all of
that for acoustic strumming part folk, part
pure acoustic, part something unidentifiable. As a
three piece, they wandered through a mild set of songs
that sounded good but very similar to one another.
The group was well paracticed but still seemed to
be finding their identity.