The widely acclaimed California-based band consists of Peter Hayes (vocal, guitar, harmonica), Robert Levon Been (vocal, bass, guitar), and Leah Shapiro (drums). They’ve been crafting perfectly honed, bluesy, psychedelic garage-rock since 1998, and return with their seventh studio album. These rock and roll stalwarts have been praised by NPR for their “gutsy rock ‘n’ roll,” while Rolling Stone has called their sound “expansive” and Entertainment Weekly has called it “deeply hypnotic narco-blues.”
Wrong Creatures was produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Arcade Fire) and is available for presale in all digital music stores and directly through the band’s online store. (We here at HRAC hope a hi-res version will follow suit when release time comes.) “Little Thing Gone Wild” is available for purchase as an individual track now, and everyone who preorders the album will receive the song immediately. Said preorder is available through all digital stores, or directly here. You can view/hear this asskicker of a song below…
Wrong Creatures returns to the core of BRMC’s alchemy, yet plunges the knife in even further. From the Cave-esque murder balladry of “Haunt” to the garage punk of “Little Thing Gone Wild,” it runs the gamut allowing the band to flex every muscle in their armor. They remain opaque about the songs’ greater meanings, fearful of past misunderstandings. “I find myself writing about death a lot,” says Hayes. “I find myself having a discussion with death, which sounds dark. For me, it’s dark humor.” Talking about mortality allows Hayes to explore life’s great mistakes and regrets. Channeling them through rolling riffs and dirge-laden rhythms, however, extolls the demons within. It’s a great catharsis for the band, and it’s a great unifier for their audience who can also seek solace in the emotional heft.
Ultimately, the band are survivors, as Been observes, “We are truly an island – come hell or high water, so it’s usually best to dress accordingly. Though I’m not sure what the proper attire is when drowning in fire. But leather usually goes with everything.”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club also announced their North American tour, which will be kicking off on January 15, 2018 with dates in Washington DC, Boston, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and more. The trio will also be hitting Europe and the UK for select tour dates this fall beginning October 23. Tickets for the North American tour dates are available here. The band has partnered with Plus 1 for the tour, in which $1 from each ticket will be donated to War Child, a worldwide organization that supports programs aiding women and children dislocated and impacted by war, political unrest, terrorism, and poverty.