BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB WITH DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 AT STUBB'S BBQ IN AUSTIN - PHOTO GALLERY BY MICHAEL MULLENIX
As we move into Winter all of the outdoor venues throughout Austin, Texas are on hiatus up one by one, but we have one more feature for one of our favorite venues out here, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club headlining at Stubb’s BBQ. Earlier this month, we got a chance to catch up with BRMC for one more show out of Stubb’s in 2016 as they headlined a tour with Death From Above 1979.
I realize this isn’t my first encounter with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but every time I see them I cannot help but feel I have stumbled onto the best kept secret. Blending Punk Rock, Outlaw Country, and heavy Folk Influences, the Club is a strange alchemic blend that rarely appears this refined. Upon taking the stage, BRMC started on the song Beat The Devil’s Tattoo, a song that has the fist-pumping energy of a Stadium Rock Anthem set to a bluesy groove, the audience was fired up for the incredible night of music before them. Grinding through songs like country-fried Ain’t No Easy Way or the psychedelic song Berlin, the entire setlist ties seamlessly together and all dripping with a distinguished Rock sleaze. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s greatest asset is despite their numerous influences they never come off as retro or a throwback. Instead every song sounds like an elevation or deconstruction of their influences, redefining what a blues, or country, or punk song could sound like. Finally the band ended up on the song Whatever Happened To My Rock N Roll and brought the house to a thunderous cheer, closing out the night.
Opening up for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was the dark-horse surprise, Death From Above 1979. I don’t know where this band came from or who’s been hiding them from me all this time, and if I am the last person to the party so be it so long as I got there in time to dance. All of the recordings I have heard on Youtube have not done this band justice. With a drum kit, a bass guitar and a keyboard split between two people, the live event was not only thunderous, but exhilarating. Every crazy story told of this band instantly becomes credible due to the sheer insanity technical prowess and raw naked aggression of this group.
It is my pleasure to bring to our publication, THE BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB and DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979!