Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live at LEVITATION

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live at LEVITATION

by alex geiser on February 16, 2023
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live at LEVITATION


The Reverberation Appreciation Society are proud to welcome Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with the Seventh vinyl release in the Live at LEVITATION series. The release showcases the band’s appearance at the festival with their 2013 performance, mixed by BRMC’s own Peter Hayes. These recordings are immortalized on beautiful Splatter vinyl 12" + RSD exclusive bonus track Flexi 7".

This RSD exclusive version is out in stores on Sat, April 22, 2023.

In the early 2000s, San Francisco's Black Rebel Motorcycle Club were part of a vanguard of acts spearheading a garage rock revival - each a beacon of the staying power of gritty guitar music: The White Stripes and Dirtbombs in Detroit, The Kills in London, The Strokes and Interpol in New York, The Raveonettes in Copenhagen - the list goes on. Each made their mark, and BRMC’s take on rock and roll in the 20th century was particularly alluring - dark and atmospheric, their debut LP took them immediately out of the underground and onto stages worldwide, bringing their rock and roll manifesto to a new generation of music fans and artists:

I fell in love with the sweet sensation
I gave my heart to a simple chord
I gave my soul to a new religion
Whatever happened to you?
Whatever happened to our rock 'n' roll?

BRMC’s answer to that question was loud and clear: rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay. For up and coming bands like Austin’s The Black Angels, BRMC’s approach to music rang true: music was a religion, a way of life: 

After seeing BRMC 20 years ago at Emo’s, with The Warlocks, we knew rock and roll was still alive and well. The band's sound was so tough, they were undeniable, pure energy. That show set us on this path and we never really looked back.
- Alex Maas, The Black Angels

Fast forward to 2013 and BRMC were headlining the Friday night of The Black Angel’s Austin Psych Fest, bringing it all full circle. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live at LEVITATION chronicles that moment in time, and the band’s no holds barred performance that night.

It was a great surprise to find out that concert had even been recorded, it’s always cool to find vaulted live shows like this that still have a little fight left in them. With great piss & vinegar, comes great responsibility.
- Robert Levon Been

The multi-track recordings were assembled and mixed in the studio of BRMC co-founder Peter Hayes, bringing these tracks back into the light.

On April 29, 2023, nearly 10 years to the day, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will return to Austin Psych Fest bringing their bruised and battered guitar gospel to the main stage once again, alongside friends The Black Angels, The Raveonettes, Night Beats and many more. APF celebrates its 15th anniversary with three days of music and art, April 28-30, 2023 at The Far Out Lounge

Get a taste of the LP with a live cut of SPREAD YOUR LOVE filmed at APF 2013:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live at LEVITATION
Track Listing:

1. Red Eyes and Tears
2. Whatever Happened To My Rock And Roll
3. Fire Walker

4. Funny Games
5. Six Barrel Shotgun
6. Spread Your Love
7. Lose Yourself

‘RSD’ Bonus Track Flexi 7”: Conscience Killer

Recorded by Craig Lawrence
Mixed by Peter Hayes
Mastered by Nick Townsend
Cover photo by Stephen Booth


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