Specter At The Feast CD (2013)

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Label Vagrant Records/fontana
SKU 247569552
UPC 601091079328
UPC 14 00601091079328
Format CD
Release Date 3/19/2013
Author Black Rebel Motorcyc
Associated Artist/Work B.r.m.c.
Technical Info
Engineer Nic Jodoin; Ethan Allen; Jesse Russell; Mark Rains; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Producer Chris Goss; Nic Jodoin; Ethan Allen; Mark Rains; Michael Patterson; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
CatalogID VR 793
Lable Name Vagrant
Released 03/19/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 42s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00601091079328
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Peter Hayes (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards); Robert Levon Been (vocals, guitar, piano); Leah Shapiro (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Chris Goss; Ethan Allen; Mark Rains; Michael Patterson ; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Recording information: 606 Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Boulder Creek Post Office, Santa Cruz, CA; Rancho De La Luna, Joshua Tree, CA; The Gloryhole Studio, Los Angeles, CA; The Station House Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
Illustrator: Paula K. V?lker.
Photographer: James Minchin III.
With 2010's superb Beat the Devil's Tattoo, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club found a balance between their muscular, fuzzed-out noise rock and rootsy if no less punk-inspired take on American blues and country. The trio, now featuring singer/bassist Robert Levon Been, singer/guitarist Peter Hayes, and drummer Leah Shapiro (who joined for Devil's Tattoo), seemed to have matured into a fully realized version of its younger self. BRMC's seventh studio album, 2013's Specter at the Feast, takes this musical maturation even further, as the band delves into a moody, sustained, and long-form dream pop aesthetic. Much of this introspection is most likely inspired by the loss of Robert Been's father, the Call frontman Michael Been, who suffered a heart attack and died backstage at the 2010 Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium. As BRMC's touring soundman, Been was an invaluable source for both creative and professional advice, as well as an inspiring, loving force in the group's life. The loss, understandably, hit BRMC hard and, purportedly, they wondered if they could continue to make music without him. Thankfully, they ultimately decided that they could, and if the music on Specter at the Feast is any indication, they became a stronger, deeper, more commanding band for the experience. Michael's presence permeates all of the songs on Specter at the Feast, with lyrics that clearly find the band toiling with the loss. On "Returning," Robert sings, "A part of you is ending, a part of you holds on," and later, "But you must leave and not turn back, knowing what you hold/How much time have we got left, it's killing us, but carries us on...carries us all." However, the album isn't solely an introspective one. On the contrary, cuts like the bluesy "Hate the Taste" and the defiant "Teenage Disease" prove that BRMC have lost none of their rock & roll snarl. That said, the album, which is dedicated to Michael's memory, will most likely stand as the band's most bittersweet. Perhaps the best example of this is BRMC's cover of the Call's 1989 hit, "Let the Day Begin." Poignant yet triumphant and joyful in tone, the cover, as with all of Specter at the Feast, stands as both a heartfelt tribute to their bandmate and a rallying cry for moving forward. ~ Matt Collar
Professional Reviews
Paste (magazine) - "[A]s the album sits easily with their early best, a worthy addition in the tradition of turning heartbreaking circumstances into cathartic art."
Disc 1
1 Fire Walker
2 Let the Day Begin
3 Returning
4 Lullaby
5 Hate the Taste
6 Rival
7 Teenage Disease
8 Some Kind of Ghost
9 Sometimes the Light
10 Funny Games
11 Sell It
12 Lose Yourself
Product Attributes
Artist Black Rebel Motorcyc
Music Format Compact Disc

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