Recording information: Theatre Trianon, Paris, France (02/24/2014).
Photographers: Ludwig Wallendorff; Florence Valles; Yana Amur.
Recorded at Theatre Trianon in Paris, France, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's 2015 concert DVD and album Live in Paris showcases the trio live during their sold-out 2014 European tour. Known for their heavy blues, folk, and punk-influenced sound and dramatic live shows, BRMC certainly live up to expectations with this superbly crafted concert film. Although influenced by the distortion-heavy, atmospheric approach of bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Velvet Underground, BRMC have built a career on making their own brand of hard-hitting rock. And while there is certainly plenty of guitar bombast here, Live in Paris also showcases the group's talent for sensitive group dynamics and emotionally resonant balladry, as on the elegiac and uplifting "Sometimes the Light." This is a cathartic live show that kicks off with the moody "Fire Walker" and includes such BRMC fan favorites as "Teenage Disease," "Beat the Devil's Tattoo," "Spread Your Love," "Whatever Happened to My Rock 'n' Roll (Punk Song)," and many others. Also featured is the band's cover of the Call's "Let the Day Begin," an especially potent moment as BRMC lead singer/bassist Robert Levon Been is the son of late Call vocalist Michael Been (who died in 2010 while on tour with BRMC). Also included with the DVD/two-CD package of Live in Paris is the behind-the-scenes documentary 33.3% directed by Yana Amur. Ultimately, with Live in Paris, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have crafted a moving, cinematic concert experience. ~ Matt Collar