CONVERSE GIGS: BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB REVIEW

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July, 2013

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dexters and IEPI!

As the heat wave continued in London on Tuesday night it was only natural the Converse Gigs @ 100 Club’s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club show was the hottest ticket in town. With queues stretching all the way down Oxford Street, fans arrived early and waited patiently in the sun in anticipation of what was coming.

When doors finally opened and people descended under ground, they were met with a ‘cool’ surprise…yes, almost as exciting as the prospect of seeing BRMC headline a 300 capacity venue was the news that the 100 Club had installed a brand new air conditioning system.

Whilst the excitement settled, Spanish alternative punk band IEPI!, who are no stranger to Converse having played our Make Noise festival in Madrid earlier this year, kicked off the night with a raucous start. The instrumental only 3 piece ripped through their tracks of heavy riffs and reverb, setting a high pace for the evening and proving that you really can, just let the music do the talking.

By the time second support act Dexters began, the 100 Club was packed to the rafters. The London natives proved they had earned their place on the bill, with front man Tom Rowlett’s rock and roll swagger feeling reminiscent of the many music icons who hang in frames on the wall of the club itself.

With the queue to get in still snaking down the street, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club finally took the stage, welcomed by a thunderous applause from the eagerly awaiting crowd.  Opening with ‘Hate The Taste’ from their latest album ‘Spector At The Feast’, BRMC stormed through their 1 hour set relentlessly delivering crowd pleaser after crowd pleaser.

Mid way through, Robert Levon Been, stopped to express his gratitude of being able to play in such a small venue, “We’ve been playing festivals all summer and to be able to have people this close to us is the way it should feel”.The 100 Club could however easily have been mistaken for a festival, with girls on shoulders and crowd surfing on mass, as the band finished their set with high octane tracks ‘Whatever Happened To My Rock N Roll’ and ‘Spread Your Love’.

With the guitars from the final song still ringing out, as if orchestrated by BRMC themselves, the 100 Club fire alarm sounded, causing a hoard of exhilarated fans to promptly exit up on to the street.  The slightly confused evacuees were soon joined by Robert Levon Been, who treated them to impromptu acoustic set under the flashing blue lights of a fire engine. A perfect end to another vintage Converse Gigs @ 100 Club.

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