Concert Review: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Showbox Market

Excited fans gathered at the Showbox Market to catch one of the most anticipated shows of this month. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was back in town supporting their eighth album, Wrong Creatures. Their follow-up to 2013’s Specter at the Feast, has been received well and their audience was ecstatic for new music after the long wait. We were all happy to get tickets for the show and show up wearing our favorite black clothes.

The night started with Night Beats, who formed in Seattle back in 2009 while Danny “Lee Blackwell” moved to the city to attend the UW. The rock band who have toured extensively with known bands played tunes from their three studio albums as people warmed up. A few songs into their set it was easy to see what the hype was about as the band entertained the fans leaving everyone wondering who they were. They know how to put on a great show and they will be on my list next time they come through town.

A little past ten it was time for the main act to take the stage. People screamed in enthusiasm and the trio jumped onstage starting their set with new songs, “Spook,” and “Little Thing Gone Wild.”  Singer/Bassist Robert Levon Been stood on the left sharing vocals with singer/guitarist Peter Hayes standing to the right, and drummer Leah Shapiro occupied the middle.

During the second song Hayes played the harmonica as well as his guitar. All the band members wore black clothes along with leather jackets that were paired by a red instrument, not sure that one was on purpose. As far as looking like the most rock band, they have their image sorted out. The lights flashed inside the room as smoke and shadows played together creating a mysterious element to their performance.

Their setlist included songs from their impressive catalog, leaving their audience satisfied as well as intrigued by their new material. We lost ourselves in dark lyrics and long instrumentals as they sailed through the night bringing forgotten memories back. Their regular set ended with “Six Barrel Shotgun,” and “Spread Your Love,” and their encore finished with “Punk Song.” It was the first time catching them and it was worth the long wait as the show was magic.

Check out more photos from the show HERE.

Sophia Barkalakis

Music is probably the most important part of her life. Sophia is constantly searching for new material, old and new. Always looking forward to the next live show she can attend, ready to immerse herself in the sound. "There is something so magical about attending a live show that you cannot possibly feel from a recording itself that makes it worth going to", she says. She also says she's lucky to be able to combine her passion for music with her obsession of capturing moments. She finds that being able to look at a photograph and be transported to that second of your life is indescribable and she's so grateful for all those great moments.