Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Arcade Fire) and recordedat Sunset Sound Los Angeles over the past few years, the bandhave taken many unlikely twists and turns, yet have alwaysremained focused on the music and returning again to edge ofthe stage. “It’s a crazy making machine, it can chew you up asfast as it spits you out. A few years back we literally toured tillthe wheels came off and Leah’s brain literally started leakingout of her head” says the band’s Robert Levon Been. “Itcatches up with you, I know I’ve battled on and off with myown depression, and Pete’s head never came with any properinstructions. So you just gotta keep pushing buttons to seewhat happens.”
‘Wrong Creatures’ returns to the core of Black Rebel MotorcycleClub’s alchemy, yet plunges the knife in even further. From theCave-esque murder balladry of ‘Haunt’ to the garage punk of‘Little Thing Gone Wild’, it runs the gamut allowing the band toflex every muscle in their armour. They remain opaque aboutthe songs’ greater meanings, fearful of past misunderstandings.“I find myself writing about death a lot,” says Hayes. “I findmyself having a discussion with death, which sounds dark. Forme, it’s dark humor.” Talking about mortality allows Hayes toexplore life’s great mistakes and regrets. Channelling themthrough rolling riffs and dirge-laden rhythms that stir the potbefore reaching boiling point.
Ultimately, the band may well be survivors of an era where rock& roll can often be overshadowed by dance pop and garishcommercialism. Robert Levon Been: “We are truly an island -come hell or high water, so it’s usually best to dressaccordingly. Though I’m not sure what the proper attire is whendrowning in fire. But leather usually goes with everything.”
Double LP format includes digital download code.
King of Bones
Question of Faith
Calling Them All Away
Little Thing Gone Wild
Carried From The Start