Usually I don't go unprepared to a concert, but yesterday that was the case. I went to the concert of BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB at Große Freiheit 36 here in Hamburg. Before I just watched a few videos on Youtube some weeks ago and I just remembered that these few videos already convinced me that I had to go to that concert even without knowing the music. A friend of mine had a spare ticket and asked me if I wanted to go, which moved my attention on this band.
Because I didn't really know their music, this concert report will be
different than usual and I decided I just write a little about my
impressions and what I can find in my memory and search the internet for
you about videos and information. First of all they had a support band
called TRANSFER. While we were wainting infront some minutes before
entrance another woman told us that she had already seen the band in
Berlin, so also TRANSFER and she didn't like them, because they reminded
her too much of Scorpions. Because of that I was a little prejudiced,
but when they started to play I couldn't find anything Scorpions-like
about them. They were actually quite good, very thick and bombastic,
also melodic sound. I was relived that it wasn't a unbearable support
band. Of course on the record when I hear their music now I don't find
them as a high impact as they were live. I almost expected that though.
So for a support band they were great, but I won't buy their music. Two
videos for you to get an impression:
1 & 2
TRANSFER's show was over very fast. I think they just played 5 songs or
something. Not very long and then we had to wait a felt-like eternity
until finally the mainact started. But I forgave them very fast, because
they were just brilliant! The stage was almost completely filled with
fog and they had a very dark light show (mainly with spots). The
bandmember were wearing black clothes and one of the vocals (they had
two, one was playing the bass and one the guitar) had also a hood put
on, their hair was falling into their faces and they completely
concentrated on the music. I actually prefer when bands don't talk much
and play music. The less they talk the more they can play, I always say.
Of course they said Thank you and that they really enjoy being here and
that they have a new album, but that was about it. As I can see I
didn't really tell you yet what kind of music they are playing. It's a
mixture of rock, indie, alternative and rock'n'roll and country elements
and this song BEAT THE DEVIL'S TATTOO was the reason why I immediately knew that I had to see them live!
Another reason why I sympathised with them was because they have a woman
as their drummer. She is amazing!! Although when they started their
activities back in 1998 in San Francisco, they first had a male drummer,
but as far as I understood with the time they had a lot of troubles
with him over the years and then he quit. After some time they found
her. Their newer stuff also sounds less rhythmic, and more melodic, but
in a really good way and not boring. Although at the concert they also
had an unplugged part. I guess the rest of the audience liked it,
although western people tend to chat when the music gets a little
calmer and I always ask why they are at the concert? They can chat at
home, outside or at a bar and don't have to pay 25€ for it. Anyway! I
was really more into the loud and rhythmic stuff than in the calm stuff,
don't know why. I guess it's a reason why I tend not to go to folk
concerts, because I like concerts more where I can move and dance. SPREAD YOUR LOVE. The audience was in a very good mood, jumped, poged and danced at the
front, but we were upstairs (where I usually am at Große Freiheit), beer
was thrown around, as well as scarfs and jackets, sometimes it smelled
like swimming pool (I think that was from the aircon). I liked to watch
the man reponsible for the light show. To make a real good light show
you put everything in live while the concert is running and I liked to
see how he switched the different lightning styles during the show,
dancing behind his mixing desk to stay in the right rhythm for the
lights. In the breaks he always lit a cigarette, just like the drummer.
She came on stage at the encore with a cigarette in the corner of her
mouth. MAMA TAUGHT ME BETTER. Also the audience was quite mixed, old and young with different styles. Very interesting to watch.
I will put here some more videos with music for you to listen through if
you are interested. In my opinion all their albums are highly
recommendable, but maybe that is just me and my silly love for rough
guitars, expressive vocals and a lot of rhythm.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MY ROCK'N'ROLL
What do you think?