The notoriously mysterious trio remain true to their sonic template â fuzzy guitars, blues licks, atmospheric feedback â yet drew inspiration from a very different place for this new release. In August 2010, the band unexpectedly and tragically lost someone they often referred to as their fourth member, Michael Been, also bassist Robert Beenâs father.
After taking some time off BRMC returned to their roots, their love of making music, and recalled their very first album as a reference. They recorded the majority of the album at Dave Grohlâs studio in LA on the same console that is featured in Grohlâs upcoming âSound City: The Movieâ documentary (also the same board they recorded their debut album on). Additional recording was done in Joshua Tree, CA at the infamous Rancho De La Luna Studio before they ventured to Robert Beenâs hometown of Santa Cruz, CA to record the rest of the album.
âThis record took a long time to pull together,â explains Robert. âI think we all reached the breaking point after our last tour and needed to step back for a bit. These songs brought us back to life and gave us a second chance. I’ve never been more excited to play an album live before, these songs were born to be loud”
Since the bandâs debut release in 2001 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have released five highly regarded studio albums, released two live DVDâs including 2010âs âLive in Londonâ and toured relentlessly across the world.