Sunday Song: Beat The Devil’s Tattoo – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Why has it taken me so long to listen to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club? The name of the band itself sounds right up my musical alley. Sadly, I have taken note of the band name and never taken the time to look into their music.

I probably should be equally embarrassed what lead me to listen the song is a show called Gossip Girl, but I’m not. I watch dramas geared toward 15 -year-olds, and I like it. A snippet of this song was in the last episode and I had to listen to the full song. I was not disappointed.

I love the guitar starting that is so twangy and almost broken sounding. And the percussion that sounds (or actually is) someone stomping adds to the gritty sound of the song. The vocals are unbelievable in the way they weave together and separate into an individual voice.

And a favorite of mine in songs, a building to a chaos of sound and voices that climaxes. It really touches a powerful emotion even if you can’t be sure what the song is actually about. The intensity when the song reaches that point is always satisfying and gut wrenching.

I also love how the song abruptly breaks off, leaving you feeling spent from the dark emotion of the song. I imagine the musicians and singers stopping and immediately gasping for breath after forcing the song out.

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