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LIVE BRMC at Metros Fremantle November 2013

BRMC LIVE AT FREMANTLE METROS 13 NOVEMBER 2013

 

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCYLE CLUB LIVE AT METRO FREO

AUSTRALIAN TOUR, 13th NOVEMBER 2013

 

SETLIST: Hate the Taste | Beat the Devil's Tattoo | Let the Day Begin | Rival | Ain't No Easy Way | Berlin | Returning | Screaming Gun | Conscience Killer | Stop | Fire Walker | Weight of the World | Lullaby | In Like the Rose | Six Barrel Shotgun | Spread Your Love


Encore: Complicated Situation (unplugged acoustic) | Shuffle Your Feet (unplugged acoustic) | Whatever Happened To My Rock & Roll | Sell It

 

 

BRMC is just one of those bands that understand the essential elements of rock and roll – that it has to be elemental, has to come from the soul and it has to have the blues somewhere deep inside. Everything else is up for grabs and every emotion is unfettered.  A BRMC live show is an experience and these days is quite slick at that, but it’s still dirty, still loud and still essential.

 


Hitting Fremantle as part of their headline tour put together in the wake of the cancellation of the Harvest Festival, it’s great to see a packed house downstairs who in typical Perth style mostly turned up ticketless on the night – we Westerners must be a promoters worst nightmare. Inside there’s precious little room to move and locals Sugar Army, who have gotten so much better since we saw them with the Smashing Pumpkins get a rousing response from the crowd.

 


 

 

Of course what everyone has come to see is BRMC and their elemental rock and roll, and it doesn’t take long to get the crowd pumped up with opening trio ‘Hate The Taste’, ‘Beat The Devil’s Tattoo’, and ‘Let The Day Begin’ performed in near darkness with flashes of full spot, making a photographers job all the harder with no photo pit and a wonderfully energetic crowd.

 


So with white light flashing across the stage and deep shadows, alternating with low white lights and smoke and the occasional purple vertical strip strobes we begin ‘Berlin’ with a “Woah oh oh oh oh” and a drummer lost in impenetrable smoke. It is rock and roll in all of its absurdity and as the numbers come, some straight, some augmented by lengthy organic jams you feel like BRMC have captured the sound of greasy biker music played with students in mind. There’s a certain artiness to the band that somehow resolves the essential danger of rock music. It’s not a bad thing it’s just an enigma!

 

 


Yellow searchlights then blue reach through the crowd before the stage falls deep red stage for ‘Six Barrel Shotgun’ that hits as hard as it sounds exploding out across a sea of outstretched hands before the heavy blues of set proper closer ‘Spread Your Love’ which delivers some great ‘harp’ by Peter Hayes.

 

 

 

The encore comes in two sets – two acoustic versions with just the right amount of attitude. “We’re here to try something a little different” says Been as he and Hayes stride out with acoustic guitars in hand and despite an idiot shouting out “Turn it up” before they strum a chord ‘Complicated Situation’ gets as big a response as anything tonight. The swampy blues of ‘Shuffle Your Feet’ follows and gets the crowd clapping along before there’s a shedding of acoustics and a returning drummer for the punk flavoured ‘Whatever Happened to My Rock and Roll’ before the big drum and bass groove of ‘Sell It’ ends the evening.

 

 

“You guys are beautiful thank you again take care of yourselves” Been closes. It’s been a great night of rock and roll and everyone’s going home happy with a smile on their face. What more could you ask?

 

 

 

by Mark Diggins November 2013

 

 

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