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Written by Pallavi Pundir
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Published: August 10, 2013 4:31:38 am


Album: Specter At The Feast

Band: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Music: Abstract Dragon

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Garage rock has at all times been a thriving style in India,be it within the music business,the underground different music scene or just,amongst music lovers. The swings and lounge acts of the ’50s made means for psychedelic and storage rock,and bands equivalent to The Rolling Stones,Creedence Clearwater Revival,The Velvet Underground,Led Zeppelin and The Doors have lengthy turned embedded in our collective musical consciousness.

So when American storage rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) got here into existence in 1998 with the aforementioned influences and extra,we had,in all our youth and glory,warmed as much as their snarling grunge,with heavy doses of Zeppelin-esque rock. BRMC derives its title from Marlon Brando’s bike membership in his 1953 movie,The Wild One. Despite dabbling in a single too many kinds equivalent to blues,psychedelic and American blues and nation,they appeared to take their storage rock revival critically and their memorable items equivalent to Beat the satan’s tattoo or Spread your love wore the spirit of rock on their sleeves. In brief,they stood for every thing their title connoted — masculine and uninhibited ripped-denims grunge.

However,their seventh studio album Specter on the Feast might be summed up in a single phrase: mellow. Here,BMRC are something however their traditional selves. Much of it’s because bassist Robert Levon Been’s father,Michael Been,additionally their sound technician and a pricey buddy,succumbed to a coronary heart assault in 2010,and the members,maybe in his reminiscence,have turned to elegiac numbers. The pilot music Fire walker is a darkish piece with heavy bass and percussion,through which vocalist-guitarist Peter Hayes growls Your soul was solely yours to maintain/ It’s buried in me now.

The different phrase that got here to thoughts nearly concurrently for the album was younger. There is one thing recent about this album,nearly like a brand new lease of life. Let the day start and Teenage illness depict the scalding rise up of 1’s youth. Rival has the identical punch. Lullaby,then again,sounds fluid in its buoyant riffs and Hayes’ voice carries a sensual swagger.

Time and once more we discover the album mellowing right down to psychedelic progressions,a change we welcome eagerly. Returning is a fantastic ballad for the departed,with lyrics that go Part of you is ending/ Part of you holds on with haunting drum rolls within the background. However,the spotlight of the album is the wondrous piece Lose your self,a Floyd-ian sluggish psychedelic music. Against the tender acoustics,Hayes intones the recurring You can’t maintain quiet,you may’t even scream/ You maintain it in your coronary heart/ Leave the remainder

to me. If,after years of sticking to a dirt-and-grunge format,BMRC opens its wounds like this,conserving its storage roots intact,we sit up for extra such revelations. pallavi.pundir@expressindia.com

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