Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
UEA LCR, Norwich
We mean business. This was the message Black Rebel Motorcycle Club made very clear at the LCR last night.
Striding onstage against a wall of harsh red light, the San Francisco-born Rebels looked every inch the no-nonsense, rebellious, hard-hitting rock band that their name suggests.
For the next two hours, they backed up this entrance with a wave of dark, menacing rock that blew away the crowd. Without their trademark black clothing and leather jackets, the band looked fairly harmless (apart from the shock of black hair of frontmen Robert Turner and Peter Hayes), but their music told a different story.
The epic, Spread Your Love, sent a roar through the crowd. It was was followed by the pounding bass line of Stop – definitely a crowd favourite. Other highlights included their latest single, We're All in Love, and the more relaxed, melancholy, Shade of Blue.
The performance was enhanced by spectacular, stark, lighting but was slightly marred by technical problems, but BRMC rose above them and proved they are true gods of rock 'n' roll.