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Meet Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Peter Hayes, Leah Shapiro, and Robert Levon Been I Photo by Tessa Angus
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It's been over ten years since Black Rebel Motorcycle Club exploded out of California with their brand of bluesy rock wrapped up in black leather swagger. Aptly named for Marlon Brando's gang in the movie, The Wild One, BRMC is still trying to figure out how they fit into the whole music biz. They've seen new labels, new records, new tours, and new drummers, and maybe, just maybe, have finally figured out a way to tame the beast. We caught up with bassist, Robert Levon Been, the weekend before their sixth album, Beat The Devil's Tattoo, dropped. We talked about the state of the music industry, BRMC's new drummer Leah Shapiro, and why we don't appreciate things that come to us easily. Here is some of what was said.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat The Devil's Tattoo