Today marks the release of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s newest album, Beat The Devil’s Tattoo. While I would absolutely love to post a review of it here, having purchased it a few hours ago, I cannot get it to play on my Macbook (this is not product placement; I just want to know if this has anything to do with why it won’t work). The disc drive just keeps spitting it out every time I put it in, and I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on why. Anyone know if it’s one of those things where the record company doesn’t allow its albums to be played on computers due to piracy concerns? I don’t know. Whatever. Here’s the new single, “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo”, to hold us all over until I can actually listen to the full album.
I am very pumped for this, as this song harkens back to the band’s third–and, in my opinion, their finest–album, Howl, with its rootsy and rustic sound. Drummer Nick Jago’s replacment, Leah Shapiro, has a more minimal style, stomping around in the background, letting the gothic Christian imagery of the lyrics take center stage. The rest of the song is filled with a barroom brawl flavor that fits the band like a glove.