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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.

Robert Levon Been Reddit AMA tomorrow!

Posted earlier today (by Robert) on BRMC’s social media channels:

I will be live on Reddit ‘AMA’ Tomorrow. Tuesday @ 4pm UK time / 9am Pacific Time. 
There’s been a lot that’s been going on. So literally anything from the 20th anniversary of B.R.M.C.’s first album, to this crazy ass film score (…and everything in between). I’ll do my best to remember the last 2 decades and what the hell just happened. 
I also personally really just like hearing stories from you guys since there’s so much shared history, and memories can get lost when locked inside the head all alone. 
PS hopefully Pete&Leah will get inspired to do an AMA next… But for now i’m first up to the plate-

Link to the Reddit AMA:

I am Robert Levon Been, one of founding members of the band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I spent the last year during lockdown composing the score for Paul Schrader’s film ‘The Card Counter’ – out now, and a BRMC 20th Anniversary thing that’s coming, so before I completely pass out, Ask me anything… from movies

 

FREE Virtual Screening of The Card Counter on Sept 29th at 8pm EST

Annoounced today on BRMC’s Social Media accounts:

https://bit.ly/TCCScreeningRLB-fb

Join us for a FREE Exclusive Virtual Screening of The Card Counter on September 29th at 8pm EST. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A by film composer Robert Levon Been, so please post your questions below. 🎥RSVP for a chance to claim your spot.

1:15 – How did you meet Paul Schrader and become involved in scoring the film?

9:30 – What inspiration or direction did Paul provide you with?

12:58 – What were your first thoughts after hearing about the project or watching the film?

15:02 – What was the biggest difficulty in scoring the film?

17:35 – How did you meet S.G. Goodman?

19:04 – When writing songs, does melody or lyrics come first?

20:19 – What’s your favorite track on the record?

24:26 – Was it similar to how you remember your father and Paul working on “Light Sleeper”?

27:03 – How does the creative process differ when scoring versus making an album? How long does it take?

28:13 – What was the biggest lesson?

Pre-order ‘The Card Counter’ soundtrack by Robert Levon Been

[PIAS] posted this link on their Facebook page about Robert Levon Been’s soundtrack album to The Card Counter:

Proudly presenting the forthcoming album from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club‘s Robert Levon Been. ‘The Card Counter: Original Songs From The Motion Picture’ provides the soundtrack to Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese‘s fifth collaboration. Enjoy a preview of the full film score by way of ‘Mercy Of Man’ (feat. S.G. Goodman) and read more: https://bit.ly/2UQQ5n1

Here’s a little more info on the soundtrack from the article:

Coinciding with the US release of The Card Counter on September 10th, this thirteen-track collection began as a one-song project but evolved into something much greater – Levon Been has composed several other original songs for this revenge thriller, as well as much of the film’s instrumental score and sound design. 

Pre-order (and pre-save) the soundtrack, which is scheduled to be released on October 8, 2021:

The track listing is also available on BRMC’s online store:

TRACKLISTING:

Rapture
Murder Hum
Mercy Rev
Arise Sun 
S.E.R.E.
Adore
Casino Floor 1 (Beta Testing)
Casino Floor 2 (Stable)
Smoke Ring
Erutpar
Determined Events 
OPM
Mercy of Man (feat. S.G. Goodman)

***This is a preorder item with an intended release of October 8th, 2021. Your order will ship on or before this date but due to unexpected changes in production and shipping times, this date may change. Please be aware that release dates and arrival times are subject to change. If you’d like other items which are not on preorder please place a separate order.***

Peter Hayes on the Limehouse Podcast

Earlier today, BRMC shared a new podcast interview with Peter Hayes!

BRMC/me (Pete) aside.

Just a recommendation of a Podcast you may enjoy.Thank you to William from The Limehouse Podcast It’s always nice meeting others who have a joy and passion to keep learning in life and share with others. Full Episode:https://open.spotify.com/episode/263yCr2NlzJuQ3hFSKZ6g7…

https://open.spotify.com/episode/263yCr2NlzJuQ3hFSKZ6g7?si=GwFehjwtTUuw_j7l_l8wmQ&dl_branch=1

From William, the creator of The Limehouse Podcast:

So this week I touch base with one of the most iconic figures in rock n roll. Peter Hayes has been front and centre of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club for twenty years. Hard to believe it’s been that long when I think back to the days of going to see them. In the early 00’s I thought I was going to live forever; the bands such as BRMC gave you a certain amount of bulletproof lifestyle.

I definitely owe quick a bit to @thealexwintershow for taking me to endless inspiring gigs from BRMC to The Libertines when they had nothing more than a handful of followers.

My conversation with Peter is right up there with the most fun I’ve had. Those of you that listened to the Danny episode will know I had a great time. This was just such a connection. It’s not often a guest really takes the time to ask about the show, it’s history; so we really had a great two way chat! We talk about studio time, life on the road, anxiety, NME and so much more.

Sent to Destroy #16 w/Leah Shapiro and Peter Hayes

Leah Shapiro and Peter Hayes have been doing a few long form interviews in podcast form, check out this one with Sent to Destroy!

Chris sits down with Leah Shapiro and Peter Hayes – two thirds of the rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. For those not already familiar with the band, BRMC has been cranking out dark, gritty, authentic rock and roll for over 20 years.  If you’re a fan of the band and you ever wanted to hang and really get to know the incredible musicians behind the music this is your day. It was a great conversation.

Podcast available wherever you prefer to listen!

WATCH The Songbook: Peter Hayes of BRMC on Gibson TV

GuitarWorld reported that Gibson has launched Gibson TV, an online television network dedicated to guitars and music culture:

Hosted on YouTube and featuring all-new series Gibson promises that it will break out of the gear demo, interview and behind-the-scenes content trifecta to offer guitarists something new.

Those looking for something performance-based should check out The Songbook, which features stripped-down acoustic sets.

GuitarWorld

Upon Gibson TV’s launch, The Songbook has performances from Samantha Fish, Peter Hayes of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Patrick Park (and his dog).

Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club first picked up the guitar at the age of 14 when he began trying to figure out how to play his mother’s classical guitar. As he continued to play, his mother showed him flamenco and finger picking styles that had a strong influence on his playing and technique.

Peter would eventually go on to play with The Brian Jonestown Massacre and eventually form Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with Robert Levon Been in 1998.

In this episode of The Songbook, Peter stopped by to perform the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club song “Shuffle Your Feet.”

Robert Been on Jonesy’s Jukebox on KLOS 95.5 FM

Robert Been was on Jonesy’s Jukebox on 95.5 FM in LA this morning, talking about touring and jamming with Steve Jones! Video from KLOS’s Facebook page:

Full interview including Rob’s version of “Jailhouse Rock”:

UPDATE: Full video on YouTube!

Peter Hayes (BRMC) Gear Run @ Train, Aarhus

TC Electronic has just posted:

Gear run with Peter Hayes @ Train, Aarhus:

Published on Nov 19, 2017

We caught up with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as their European tour brought them to TC town, Aarhus and took a peek back stage at Peter Hayes’ live setup. Learn more about Pete, here: http://www.tcelectronic.com/peter-hayes/

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