Robert Levon Been
|Robert Levon Been|
Been in 2013
|Also known as||Robert Turner|
August 22, 1978 |
Felton, California, United States
Garage rock revival
|Instruments||Bass, Guitar, Slide Guitar, Electronic organ, Piano|
|Associated acts||Black Rebel Motorcycle Club|
Robert Levon Been (born August 22, 1978) is an American indie rock bass guitarist, guitarist, and singer. He is currently a member of Los Angeles-based band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and was, for a time, a bass player in The Beggars. He is the son of Michael Been of The Call, who suffered a fatal heart attack in 2010 whilst working as a sound engineer at a BRMC concert in Belgium. Robert is also known for his heavy-distorted bass sound provided by his hollow-bodied basses. He has been known to use Ampeg amplification on stage. He plays with a pick and makes use of chords and open strings while strumming. His "booming," distorted tone is a central part in Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's sound. He achieves his sound through layering multiple distortion boxes and with a very aggressive playing style. He also plays guitar on a number of their most popular songs, such as "Berlin" and "Beat the Devil's Tattoo" and piano on several tracks, most notably "Promise".
In 2013, BRMC covered his father's song 'Let The Day Begin' on their album Specter at The Feast. Been appeared in two concerts with a reunited The Call, taking his father's place on bass and vocals.
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