11 September 2012

Brian Jonestown Massacre

If you're like me and enjoy listening to 1960s psychedelia, folk, blues and psychedelic rock then let me introduce to you, Brian Jonestown Massacre. A band founded by Anton Newcombe in the early 90s in San Francisco. Now bear with me, it might not be to everyones taste, a lot of their music is experimental and shoegazey but I absolutely love it. 

I discovered this band a couple of years ago and have been hooked ever since. A lot of their albums are really easy to listen to, whether you're on a beach or dancing in your room. BJM have a track that you will love. Their sound is greatly influenced by 60s psychedelia and the sound of the British invasion reminding me of acts like Jefferson Airplane, The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. The front man Newcombe who seems straight out of 1968, defines the term 'psychedelic' as "mind-expanding," which is a perfect way to describe BJM's music.

July this year, I went to go see them live for the first time at Shepherds Bush Empire and they absolutely rocked! They played all their best tunes and I was surprised at the amount of young fans they have.

If you're not feeling their music, its worth watching the 2004 documentary film Dig!  It was recorded over the course of seven years, focusing on the love-hate relationship between bands BJM and the Dandy Warhols. Anton Newcombe's portrayal is almost psychotic, showing everything from substance abuse to stage fights. Although saying that, he writes, sings and produces most of their stuff. He is one wild character, but also a musical genius. 

Here are a few of my fave BJM tracks, take a listen

This track is called Anenome from the album Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request.

This track is called Oh Lord from the album Take it from the Man!

This track is called Wisdom from the album Methodrone.

This track is called Spun from the album Strung out in Heaven.

This track is called 13 from the album Thank God for Mental Illness.