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More about FEW Spirits and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Motor Oil Whiskey

Bevnet has posted a press release with more info on the FEW Spirits and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Motor Oil Whiskey collaboration:

FEW Spirits announces the release of Motor Oil Whiskey, a new, limited-release collaboration between FEW Spirits Founder and Master Distiller Paul Hletko and modern rock icons Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, honoring the 21st anniversary of the band’s seminal debut album, B.R.M.C.

Motor Oil is scheduled to be available for purchase on July 1.

“I’ve been a fan of Black Rebel since the debut album came out,” said Hletko. “When we heard they were looking for a distillery to work with, you better believe we jumped at that chance.”

Featuring label art inspired by the band’s logo, every bottle of FEW Spirits Motor Oil Whiskey (SRP: $60/750 ml) is a blend of three whiskeys: FEW Bourbon finished in rum barrels, FEW Bourbon finished in vermouth barrels, and a mesquite-smoked wheat whiskey. The result is full-flavored and complex – grassy and sweet from the rum barrel; herbaceous, bitter and vegetal notes from the vermouth barrel; and heavy mesquite smoke that evokes winding back roads, long stretches of highway, and pit stops at roadside barbecue joints of West Texas. The blend was proofed & bottled at a very rock n’ roll 101.

All 1,800 bottles of FEW Spirits Motor Oil Whiskey will be available exclusively through buyfewspirits.com. As Paul said, just like a concert it’s an ephemeral experience – once it’s gone, it’s gone.

BRMC announces Motor Oil Whiskey by FEW Spirits

Drinks and BRMC have always paired well, and now they’re releasing their own whiskey!
‘We’d always joke around about how someday we should make our own whiskey called ‘Motor Oil’ that’s so painful nobody would be able to actually drink it. It would basically be jet fuel in a bottle, just pure pain.
But then we met Paul Hletko and he said ‘Yeah that’s cool, but that’s illegal’.
So after brooding for a bit, Paul decided to actually take the next year and properly school us in how it’s really done.
This isn’t a joke though- this project went so far beyond anything we had in mind. Which wasn’t the original plan, but our initial plan was a bit shit to be fair.
I’m still pretty sure it can power your car, but it’s also somehow one of the best recipes/mixtures we’ve ever had. So it’s like a win-win, and I defy anyone to prove that to be untrue. The tasting part. Don’t actually put this in your car yet. That’s on you, don’t do that.’
– Robert Been, BRMC
MotorOil will be available on July 1st at www.buyfewspirits.com
Thank you to FEW Spirits

Pre-Order BRMC’s debut album on green vinyl from Brooklyn Vegan

Fresh news from Brooklyn Vegan about a new reissue and limited edition vinyl release:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are reissuing their great 2001 debut album, B.R.M.C., on vinyl on June 24. This 20th anniversary double LP set adds the five tracks from their Screaming Gun EP (also from 2001), and the gatefold packaging features rare photos and more. We’ve teamed up with them for an exclusive green vinyl variant of the album that is limited to 500 copies worldwide. You can preorder that now. Check out the packaging and tracklist below.

You can also pick up a bundle that includes the double-LP reissue as well as a vinyl pressing of The Screaming Gun Demos, which includes nine never-before-released tracks from their 1999 Screaming Gun sessions. There are only 50 of these bundles available and you can preorder now and check out the tracklist and cover art below.

Presale Code for BRMC with The Cult and Zola Jesus

+ PRESALE ! +
North American Dates are coming up fast ….
Get your tickets a day early:
Thursday, May 12 (10AM – 10PM local)
Passcode: WOTN2022
General Onsale: Friday, May 13 (10AM local)

July 2022 BRMC tour with The Cult and Zola Jesus

+ JUST ANNOUNCED:: NEW NORTH AMERICAN DATES! +

Tickets On Sale May 13th

Ask Congress to support music by passing the #AMFA and #HITSAct

BRMC posted this petition link on their social media today, please sign and share if you’re in the US:

grm.my/3rztdWm

We are joining the Recording Academy / GRAMMYs to keep working towards for fair compensation that all music creators deserve. Ask Congress to support music by passing the #AMFAand #HITSAct. Show your advocacy by filling out the link above and letting your representatives know that you support these initiatives. To learn more about these acts, please see the links below for more information. #GRAMMYsOnTheHill

AMFA: https://www.afm.org/…/support-the-american-music…/
HITS Act: https://beanartshero.com/hits-act

Podcast interviews with Leah and Robert

There are a few new interviews with Leah and Robert from various Australian outlets:

Noise11.com

Everblack Podcast

Portnews posted this interview with Leah Shapiro:

FEBRUARY 27 2022 – 12:30PM
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club fire up the engines after long break for Under The Southern Stars

Leah is featured about 28 minutes in:
“In this episode we are proud to bring you a huge special on the upcoming Under The Southern Stars Tour. We are only weeks away from seeing Cheap Trick, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Rose Tattoo and Electric Mary, together on one bill. This has been a gargantuan effort by the entire UTSS Team, and we are proud to bring you conversations with
Rusty from Electric Mary
Leah from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Jeff and Eric from Stone Temple Pilots
Gavin from Bush
Rick from Cheap Trick
and to close it out we chat with promoter Andrew McManus”

Interview with Leah Shapiro of BRMC

March 1, 2022

By Liane Chan

There aren’t many bands I’ve followed as much as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. My history with BRMC as a fan is a long one, with miles of travels, stories and friends made, and lost acquaintances in between. Over the years, the band has evolved with the addition of Leah Shapiro replacing original drummer, Nick Jago. Joining guitarist Peter Hayes and bassist Robert Levon Been, Leah helped write a new chapter in their rock n’ roll story. 

I was offered a last minute zoom interview with Leah Shapiro in conjunction with Under the Southern Stars festival tour happening in Australia later this month. Of course, I jumped at the chance to interview the drummer of my favorite band. Our conversation touched upon current events and unfortunate passings, life during the pandemic, and what it’s like touring Australia in the past and how it might be in this coming month.

What have you been up to in the downtime of the pandemic?

Leah Shapiro: Oh god, that’s the question that everybody asks and I will say again that I have not been within that group that has been able to learn new languages and all kinds of skills and been hyper productive at all. I had a hard time focusing on anything throughout this. Managed to get a couple things done, a couple of recordings here and there. But a lot of it was staring at walls, as well, and questioning my sanity. 

I remember hearing a couple of your podcasts, they were very long-form so those were interesting.

LS: Oh my god, yeah. I think I know which one you’re referring to, was that the one with me and Pete and Jared and Brian – the Vacant Lots guys?

Yes, I think so that was like 2 hours or so of interviews. It was an interesting conversation.

LS: Yeah, I don’t know how that happened. I don’t think any one of us would be able to talk for that long alone.

I mean who wants to talk about anything for two hours. 

LS: Yeah, I don’t know.

What did you think of Rob’s solo album debut and the Card Counter soundtrack?

LS: I think he did a great job, yeah, that’s such a huge task to take on. I think he did a great job. Yeah, I’m happy for him.

Yeah I think so too, it was a pretty impressive undertaking in a time where most people are…  

LS: Impressive undertaking under normal circumstances, with everything else going on, extra impressive.

Has the passing of Mark Lanegan affected you or anyone in the BRMC camp much?

LS: Yes, of course. We have mutual friends, and I’ve been reaching out to friends who personally know him that have obviously suffered a huge loss. I don’t feel like it’s my place to talk about. It’s incredibly sad, I’m sure it’s really difficult for his family, his wife, and loved ones. 

You’ve been to Russia and Ukraine before, what are your thoughts on that current situation?

LS: A year or two ago, I wouldn’t imagine this happening. My heart is absolutely breaking for everyone there, it’s fucking awful. I don’t think there’s much that I have to say about that. 

I hear about this stuff secondhand, so it’s hard for me to really imagine everything going on there. 

LS: Yeah, I’m sitting over here in LA. Aside from seeing the news, it’s hard to imagine what’s going on. The last time we were there was June 2018. It’s sad and heartbreaking and I hope it gets resolved in some way, shape, or form sooner than later. 

How many times have you been to Australia now and how is it different from the other world tours? 

LS: This will be my third time, I know the guys for sure were there a couple of times before I was with the band. I remember the first time we went there, we went to both New Zealand and Australia, we went bungee jumping in Auckland, rented motorcycles, and did all kinds of fun stuff. It’s so far away and it’s really hard to get there, so we make the most of it when we do because you never really know if you’re going to get back there again because it’s quite an undertaking to get there.

From what I remember, tours and stuff over the course of the years, get mixed together. I always remember the shows being really great and I’ve always enjoyed every time we’ve been there. Last time we were there, our routing was chased by Hurricane Marcus, kind of messed with our flights a bit. Our gear showed up way late for one of our shows. It’s like little weird things like that I remember very clearly. 

Of course, this run will be a little different due to the circumstances and we will probably not be able to go out and about as much as we normally would, which is completely understandable especially with a traveling festival. That’s a big thing to put on in the best of times, it’s a big undertaking now.

Yeah, I’m sure. (Australia) It’s a huge country and the tour is kind of all across it.

LS: Yeah, we usually play bigger cities and I’m definitely seeing a bunch of places on the map that I have not been to before or necessarily heard of so that’ll be cool to get to see some new parts. There are a couple long drives, which I don’t mind – I get to see stuff out the window since we normally fly from city to city. Yeah, we’ll get to see something new on the drives.

Yeah, a real road tour again. That’ll be exciting. 

LS: Kind of like going back to van tours. 

Do you have any future tour plans or possibly albums or is that secret?

LS: No there’s no big secrets going on right now, we’re just playing it by ear. I’m sure you probably know this is the first touring we’ve done since 2019, so I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous to get back onstage after having been sitting around in sweat pants for way too long. We’ll see where the world is at once we get back from this, and where things are at, what’s possible to do and whatnot. 

It’s been really difficult to try to plan anything. As you know everything is so unpredictable, and every time things seem to be going all right then they go sideways again. It seems like a better idea to just kind of roll with it and see where things are at.  Once we’ve been able to do this, then we can figure out what we want to do after that.

I’ve seen a lot of tours being canceled still. 

Yeah. That can be really scary. It can be really financially difficult to cancel shows if someone gets sick. That’s a bit of a rough one 

Hopefully everyone stays safe and things go as planned for this tour.

The organizers are definitely doing a good job with that and we’re going to be staying on top of things on our end as well. 

Did you know (March) is Women’s History Month? 

LS: I think I’ve been running around like crazy since I woke up around 5 AM, and I’ve been running around, but did I see that in passing while I was waking up and having my coffee. Yes, it is Women’s history month. 

Do you see there’s any kind of change in the world of rock for women? 

LS: You know what, I do. I’ve been seeing more and more female musicians in bands, I don’t necessarily love the sort of differentiating between female drummer and male drummers. It gets a bit frustrating. I’ve seen more and more great female musicians both in their own bands and session players. It seems like there’s more of a community of women (not just musicians) in all areas in the industry. How about you, have you noticed? 

Yeah, there are a lot of female musicians lately, and it does seem like a positive change. Things have been going well, not just in rock, but in all types of music. 

I have some questions I’ve gathered from fans, they might get a little silly. 

How’s Poof and does he have an instagram yet?

LS: I wanted to post about this when it happened, but I just haven’t been able to do it yet. So I guess you are going to be the first person that I tell. Poof passed away last year at the end of March, which of course, was completely fucking heartbreaking. So that happened, the first part of when lockdown happened, I spent literally every day with him aside and he was aside from Pete, I was going to say the only person that I talked to. For well over a year, I would do whatever Poof wanted to do, so it was nice that I got a good dose of quality time with him before that happened. 

On that note, I want to say thank you to a lot of people who brought Poof presents over the years on tour. I still have a lot of things that weren’t edible, obviously he ate that. I have like pillows and clothing that people made him, and I want to say thank you so much for that for people that brought that. He was a sweetheart and a very special guy. 

I’m so sorry to hear that and bring it up.

LS: I thought about posting, but at the time I couldn’t do it.

I know that’s too tough, I lost my cat of like 18 years.

LS: I’m so sorry. It was a lot harder to deal with than I – I had anticipated it would suck a lot – but it was a lot worse than I thought it would be. 

Nothing prepares you for that kind of thing. 

Sabrina wanted to know how your jam sessions happen and if they come together separately or all at once.

LS: Both ways, there’s been instances of… “Funny Games” is an example of like, I was in a rehearsal studio playing drums on my own and I’d been messing around with this beat and I recorded it on a very crappy Blackberry, because of course the microphones are not equipped for that, it was super distorted and had a melody to it, and I brought that to Rob and I think he kind of built the bass line off of the distorted melody that existed in that, so that’s one way that happens. Most of the time we’re in the room together. So it comes in every shape or form. A lot of weird accidents…

Shelley asked if you listen to a lot of music aside from BRMC and what are your favorites?

LS: Humanist is my favorite record of 2020. That’s one of my more recent favorites. Depeche Mode, Black Ryder, newer records Humanist is incredible, Mark Lanegan who you mentioned earlier, his solo records, and albums with Soulsavers are incredible. 

Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today.

UNDER THE SOUTHERN STARS 2022 PLAYING TIMES

Under The Southern Stars
the spectacular rock music concert series, is just WEEKS away!

Featuring rock royalty Cheap Trick, global rock superstars, Bush, the legendary Stone Temple Pilots, and the epitome of rock n roll, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club! 
As well as Australian rock royalty Rose Tattoo and rock icons Electric Mary!

Featuring a rotating headline position across all 12 shows, no two nights will be the same.
The Playing Times for all shows can now be revealed.

UNDER THE SOUTHERN STARS 2022
PLAYING TIMES

Fri, March 11: Maitland Showground, Maitland, NSW
Gates: 3.00pm
Electric Mary: 3.50 – 4.20pm
Rose Tattoo: 4.45 – 5.30pm
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 5.55 – 6.40pm
Stone Temple Pilots: 7.00 – 8.00pm
BUSH: 8.30 – 9.30pm
Cheap Trick: 9.50 – 10.50pm

Sat, March 12: Foreshore Reserve, Hastings, VIC
Gates: 1.30pm
Ben Hazelwood: 2.30 – 3.00pm
Electric Mary: 3.20 – 3.50pm
Rose Tattoo: 4.10 – 4.55pm
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 5.15 – 6.00PM
Cheap Trick: 6.30 – 7.30pm
Stone Temple Pilots: 8.00 – 9.00pm
BUSH: 9.30 – 10.30pm

Sun, March 13: JC Lowe Oval, Yarrawonga, VIC
Gates: 1.30pm
Ben Hazelwood: 2.30 – 3.00pm
Electric Mary: 3.20 – 3.50pm
Rose Tattoo: 4.10 – 4.55pm
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 5.15 – 6.00PM
BUSH: 6.30 – 7.30pm
Cheap Trick: 8.00 – 9.00pm
Stone Temple Pilots: 9.30 – 10.30pm

Wed, March 16: Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Doors: 3.55pm
Rose Tattoo: 4.55 – 5.40pm
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 6.00 – 6.45PM
BUSH: 7.05 – 8.05pm
Stone Temple Pilots: 8.25 – 9.25pm
Cheap Trick: 9.45 – 10.45pm

Fri, March 18: Bonython Park, Adelaide, SA
Gates: 4.00pm
Germein: 4.45 – 5.15pm
Electric Mary: 5.35 – 6.05pm
The Black Sorrows: 6.25 – 7.10pm
Rose Tattoo: 7.30 – 8.15pm
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 8.35 – 9.20pm
Cheap Trick: 9.45 – 10.45pm

Sat, March 19: Bonython Park, Adelaide, SA
Gates: 12.00 Midday
Ben Hazlewood: 1.30 – 2.00pm
Electric Mary: 2.20 – 2.50pm
Flyying Colours: 3.15 – 4.00pm
The Superjesus: 4.25 – 5.10pm
Rose Tattoo: 5.35 – 6.20pm
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 6.45 – 7.30pm
Stone Temple Pilots: 8.00 – 9.00pm
BUSH: 9.30 – 10.30pm

Sun, March 20: Bonython Park, Adelaide, SA
Gates: 12.00 Midday
Dallas Crane: 1.30 – 2.00pm
Electric Mary: 2.20 – 2.50pm
The Badloves: 3.15 – 4.00pm
Killing Heidi: 4.25 – 5.10pm
Rose Tattoo: 5.35 – 6.20pm
Cheap Trick: 6.45 – 7.45pm
BUSH: 8.15 – 9.15pm
Stone Temple Pilots: 9.45 – 10.45pm

Tues, March 22: WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW
Doors: 4.00pm
Electric Mary: 4.55 – 5.40pm
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 6.00 – 6.45pm
Cheap Trick: 7.05 – 8.05pm
BUSH: 8.30 – 9.30pm
Stone Temple Pilots: 10.00 – 11.00pm

Wed, March 23: Quodos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
Doors: 4.00pm
Electric Mary: 4.55 – 5.40pm
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 6.00 – 6.45pm
Stone Temple Pilots: 7.05 – 8.05pm
Cheap Trick: 8.30 – 9.30pm
BUSH: 10.00 – 11.00pm

Fri, March 25: Kings Beach Ampitheatre, Caloundra, QLD
Gates: 2.00pm
Electric Mary: 2.55 – 3.25pm
Rose Tattoo: 3.45 – 4.20pm
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 4.40 – 5.25pm
BUSH: 5.45 – 6.45pm
Stone Temple Pilots: 7.15 – 8.15pm
Cheap Trick: 8.45 – 9.45pm

Sat, March 26: Southport Sharks, Gold Coast, QLD
Gates: 1.30pm
Electric Mary: 2.55 – 3.25pm
Rose Tattoo: 3.45 – 4.20pm
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 4.40 – 5.25pm
Cheap Trick: 5.45 – 6.45pm
Stone Temple Pilots: 7.15 – 8.15pm
BUSH: 8.45 – 9.45pm

Sun, March 27: Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Gates: 2.00pm
Electric Mary: 2.55 – 3.25pm
Rose Tattoo: 3.45 – 4.20pm
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 4.40 – 5.25pm
BUSH: 5.45 – 6.45pm
Cheap Trick: 7.15 – 8.15pm
Stone Temple Pilots: 8.45 – 9.45pm

To say it has been a long time coming is an understatement but the wait is finally over!
The bands are primed and ready to rock and they are the first international music acts to tour Australia in over two years!

Remember the thrill of live music? The pounding drums, the screaming guitars, the roar of the crowd and singing along to your favourite songs…
Under The Southern Stars is your chance to experience all that again like it was your first time!

Tickets are on sale now and selling fast. Get in quick and be part of history
www.underthesouthernstars.com.au

All previously purchased tickets are valid for 2022 see website for details.

BRMC vinyl re-issues through Vagrant Records

Vinyl re-issues of Beat The Devil’s Tattoo, Specter At The Feast, and Wrong Creatures are also available for pre-order through Vagrant Records!
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