Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are the band of your dreams. They are young, loud, raw and angry. AND they sound brilliant with it. They will inevitably be lumped in with The Strokes and The White Stripes, but this debut EP shows that they could go on to be even better than those two bands.
'Whatever Happened To My Rock 'N' Roll'* is one of the best tracks you will hear all year. It is a fast, furious song that marks out the band's intent and it kicks superior arse. 'Red Eyes And Tears'* sounds eerily like Radiohead's 'I Might Be Wrong'. It is the slowest track here but chugs ahead helped by the band's soon-to-be trademark fuzz.
The last two tracks 'Fail Safe' and 'Down Here' sound incredibly like Beck. 'Fail Safe', though a great track, is the weakest here. It is basically 'Red Eyes And Tears' given a rejig. 'Down Here'** is especially Beck-esque. A haphazard blusey song, it is the EP's higlight.
BRMC have the ability to become huge. "Whatever happened to my Rock 'n' Roll?" they ask. Well, they themselves are the future of it.
9Tom Carlin's Score