Whether it’s the flat, droning psyche-pop of its breakout hit “Love Burns,” or the rollicking ferocity of “Whatever Happened to My Rock ‘n’ Roll (Punk Song),” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club mines the musical depths of its influences to produce…well, whatever the hell it feels like. New school folk, yesteryear hearkening psychedelia, bluesy garage rock—all dipped in a fresh coat of shoegazed black, the band has released records that delight and frustrate fans with their widening swings, from the stripped-down approach of “Howl” (2005) to the poppier sounding “Baby 81” (2007) and the mostly ignored self-released instrumental experimentalism of “The Effects of 333” (2008). A lot of attention has been paid to the effects of the band’s uncompromising approach, as their initial major-label home Virgin was unwilling to grow with the band, and next home RCA only releasing “Baby 81.” BRMC drops in tonight behind the recently released “Beat the Devil’s Tattoo,” their first album on their own Abstract Dragon imprint, and with a new drummer in tow: the Ravonettes’ Leah Shapiro. The album kicks off with a shamanistic feel, with Peter Hayes leading an “ah na na na” chant on the album’s self-titled lead-of track “Beat the Devil’s Tattoo.” But don’t worry about missing the trademarked dark skies that lace all of their work, as he sings “you have forsaken all the love you’ve taken, sleeping on a razor there’s nowhere left to fall.” Sounds like a perfect date for lovers of distortion and black leather. (Duke Shin)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club plays Metro, 3730 North Clark, (773)549-0203, March 25.