Lately we’ve been wondering what the guys in BRMC have been up to since 2007′s Baby 81 and their self-released, instrumental effort The Effects of 333. And luckily, today the band announced two big news items: an upcoming live DVD (called, naturally, Live) out on November 10, 2009 in conjunction with Vagrant Records via Abstract Dragon, and the release of their fifth studio album in March 2010.

As for the DVD, die-hards will be ecstatic to read the following from the band’s announcement:
“The DVD features over two hours of live concert footage from three sold out shows in Berlin, Dublin and Glasgow. The footage documents the end of the band’s 2007 tour in support of Baby 81, their most recent full-length release. The live audio was mixed by BRMC’s own Peter Hayes and the gritty cinematography keeps the band’s music front and center while viewers experience the show both from the stage and from the audience’s perspective.

Over ninety minutes of unadorned, intimate behind-the-scenes footage is captured on the second bonus DVD along with additional performance footage. Viewers accompany BRMC as they record songs from Howl, see the making of the “Weapon of Choice” video, and witness inspired, impromptu off-stage performances. The package is rounded out by a bonus audio CD featuring 14 songs from the concert film and a gorgeous 48-page booklet of previously unseen backstage and candid photos of the band. The full track listing and cover art will be revealed in the coming weeks.”

As for the new CD, the band (Hayes, Robert Been and new drummer Leah Shapiro) is currently holed up at The Station House in Hollywood putting the finishing touches on the record, with a projected March 2010 release.

“We lived and breathed this record for 6 months out in one the coldest Philadelphia winters in history,” said Been in a statement. “Every track on there was frozen to our bones, and chipped off one sliver at a time.”

–Carrie Alison