San Francisco, Cali.-based Black Rebel Motorcycle Club graced Chicago’s House of Blues Thursday, October 13 with Death From Above 1979 and dynamic-duo, Deap Vally for a night of ear-splitting rock and roll.
Deap Vally, probably best-known for providing the theme song to Vh1 series “Mob Wives” kicked things off. The band’s most recent release “Femejism” amplifies the explicitly feminist, brash garage punk sound that initially drew attention to the duo’s debut “Sistrionix” in 2013. Rumbling bass grooves turn into heavy guitar riffs rooted in blues and heavy metal, punctuated by punishing drums. Deap Vally delivers quick-witted, snarling bites with a “Fuck You” swagger that makes you want to jump up immediately for initiation into their So-Cal girl gang.
Death From Above 1979’s blend of prog sensibilities and “dance punk” moved the crowd to officially open-up the mosh pit. As bodies were flung towards the front of the stage, the incessant strobe lighting gave DFA1979’s set a theatricality that made it even more immersive. The band’s live show is much stronger than its studio recordings let on. It’s heavy, almost hauntingly industrial, and beyond wonderful.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s headlining set showcased why the group is one of the best rock bands of the last 15 years. The band’s neo-psychedelic approach to blues rock is constantly evolving, with a live set that captures that evolution without missing a beat. Big riffs and vocal duties are exchanged seamlessly and it’s loud…really loud. BRMC’s nearly two-hour set was just as expansive as its sound and just-cause for revisiting the band’s discography. No really, do yourself this favor.