BRMC Down Here

A Black Rebel Motorcycle Club fan website

PORTUGAL AUGUST 26th- BRMC at ‘Vilar De Mouros Festival’

JUST ANNOUNCED: PORTUGAL AUGUST 26th- BRMC will be performing ‘Vilar De Mouros Festival’ in 3 weeks! Tickets available in the link below!

https://www.festicket.com/pt/eventgenius/vilar-de-mouros/2022/shop/

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.

“Trilogy (Part 1) May Never Be Done”

A new old BRMC track was posted earlier today is available to listen to on Soundcloud!

“Trilogy (Part 1) May Never Be Done”

Thought we’d share with all of you, a found, lost one (Not on the vinyl record). This song was an 11 minute 3 part song with a small tuning change in the middle and no name, so Trilogy became the working title. This was one of the last songs recorded before moving to Los Angeles. With the 1st and last guitar I’d ever break on purpose.

The tunning is somewhere between C# G# C# G G# C# @ 435 or a flat C# @440.

All the original tuning pegs split/broke on me so these were my custom fixes. After using a small locking plier for tuning. I finally ended up using solder to create my own pegs.

BRMC FM4 Radio Session video

On Monday, December 4, 2017, BRMC did a live radio session!

Radio FM4 Austria – video streamed on their site and Facebook Live:

The setlist of the evening

  1. All Rise (Robert Piano)
  2. Fault Line (Peter Solo)
  3. The Toll (Peter Solo)
  4. Complicated Situation (Peter Solo)
  5. Circus Bazooko (Robert Solo)
  6. Shuffle Your Feet
  7. Haunt
  8. Question Of Faith
  9. Screaming Gun
  10. Weight Of The World
  11. Ain’t No Easy Way
  12. Feel It Now (Peter Piano)

Add-ons:

  1. Love Burns
  2. Sympathetic Noose

BRMC interview on SuperSonicSounds

Check out this new interview with Peter and Robert of BRMC by our friends in Germany SuperSonicSounds:

Here we go then – a brand new interview with BRMC on SuperSonicSounds.

Read, share and spread the love!
https://supersonicsounds.jimdosite.com/

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

“I tend to be a little more proud of something after knowing if it’s connected with somebody. “

BRMC thanks fans at South American shows

We want to thank everyone who came out to the South American shows, there’s nothing like taking the stage down there, the feeling still resonating at a furious volume in my skull even now. Some sounds bite, and others tune you in to the heavy soul resonator. It’s still got teeth and it can kick, but it takes you where you need to go with all your fingers and toes.
We wish we could stay for longer, but we gotta get back to finish recording the next half of this album…
Sorry again for destroying the stage at the end of the show in Santiago, it was out of necessity though, no one else deserves you, and you know it.

Love BRMC-

Spanish translation thanks to Maria Aravena Guerra via BRMC en español  -Fanpage Facebook group:

Queremos dar las gracias a todos los que vinieron a los shows de América del sur, no hay nada como tomar el escenario allá abajo, la sensación sigue resonando a un volumen furioso en mi cráneo, incluso hasta ahora . Algunos sonidos muerden y otros te llevan a conectarte con las profundidades más pesadas del alma. De igual forma tiene dientes y puede patear, pero te lleva donde necesitas llegar con todos tus manos y pies.

Desearíamos poder habernos quedado más tiempo, pero tenemos que volver a terminar la grabación de la segunda mitad de este álbum.

Lo siento otra vez por destruir el escenario al final del show en Santiago, era innecessario, nadie más te merece, y lo sabes.

Con amor Brmc –

BRMC @ Blondie in Santiago, Chile 23-03-2016

Thanks to Minimo de memoria, you can watch most of the BRMC concert in Chile on their YouTube channel!  They are also on Facebook.

RobNicetoAgustinDusserre

PeterNicetoAugustinDusserre

There are plenty of photos, including the featured image at Blondie from Ciclo SUENA by Claudia Jaime. A site called Parlante has a review and photos from that show also.

Manuel Pizarro also posted some amazing shots (including these backstage photos) by Agustín Dusserre (gracias Agus)!!

Pablos Mekler also posted a set of photos from Niceto in Argentina on Facebook.

There are some great videos popping up including some from Buenos Aires, a street performance of “The Line” by Robert Levon Been from Ariel Solernó:

Another street performance video of “Sympathetic Noose” from Ale Rivas:

Here’s “Love Burns” from Niceto Club in Buenos Aires by Dreamstates TV:

“Six Barrel Shotgun” from Niceto by NADA AMAS QUE ROCK:

“Conscience Killer” from BRMC’s live DVD/CD “Live In Paris”

Yesterday marked 3 years since the release of “Specter at the Feast” and the first show of the South American dates at House of Vans in São Paulo, Brazil. There are a number of videos and photos already posted online. Many more are posted on this site’s Facebook page, plus links to many new interviews (in Spanish and Portuguese) are added to the Interview page.

Also, you can view a clip of “Conscience Killer” from “Live in Paris” below:

Ordinary Boy (demo)

BRMC has surprised us all with a most excellent Christmas gift, thanks BRMC!  Hopefully, it will make the next album!

We wanted to share a demo of a new BRMC song called ‘Ordinary Boy’ with you. We hope you enjoy it, and wish you all happy holidays.

Posted by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Official Page) on Friday, December 25, 2015

UPDATE: There’s now a higher res version on YouTube:

“Hey everyone, here is a higher quality version of the new song. We’ve had issues in the past with the Facebook direct video links.
Thank you for all your overwhelmingly kind comments though, it means a lot.
Also stay tuned for a downloadable version to arrive shortly in your inbox if you’re on the BRMC mailing list.”

Monster Children Annual launch in Australia

There’s a nice Tessa Angus photo in this invite!

MonsterChildreninvite

Line your underwear with newspaper and strap on your party helmet because it’s time for our biggest, baddest, most beeriest shindig of the year. Join us for the launch of The Monster Children Annual, aka ‘Issue 49.’ We’ll be announcing all the winners from the 2015 Photo Competition and giving away $25k in cash to the winners! Twenty-five-thousand-dollars! That’s some serious shekels. Wow.

What: Biggest MC blow out of the year!
When: November 19th, from 6:30pm – 10:00pm.
Where: Carriageworks (Bay 25). 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

RSVP essential – rsvp@monsterchildren.com

Thanks to all our sponsors for their continued support – BulleitPatagoniaLevi’sThe Standard and Corona.