Brian Jonestown Massacre To Release 18th Studio Album & Book

by | Jan 29, 2019 | Sound/Vision

The hugely influential Brian Jonestown Massacre have announced that they will be releasing of their 18th full-length album, just 7 months after their last one, Something Else. The self-titled 9-track album is to be released on Anton Newcombe’s A Recordings on 15th March 2019. It was recorded and produced at Anton’s Cobra Studio in Berlin.

When Something Else was released it was announced that there would be two releases in 2018, but due to a hugely successful global tour  taking in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe the release was delayed.

The lead track, Cannot Be Saved, has been shared as a taster and it is full of the trademark bass loops and fuzzy vocals that will make BJM fans grab their headphones and plug themselves in. You can try the track out for yourselves below. Turn out the lights, press the cups to your ears and lose yourself within the hypnotic haze.

Recorded this time last year, the album features Sara Neidorf on drums, Heike Marie Radeker (LeVent) on bass, Hakon Adalsteinsson (BJM / Third Sound & Gunman & Holy Ghost) on guitar and Anton Newcombe on multiple instruments. Also making a guest vocal appearance on Tombes Oubliées is Rike Bienert who has sung on previous BJM albums. The band performed songs from the album throughout the European leg of the 2018 tour.

The unstoppable, Anton Newcombe has been prolific over the past 5 years, having released 4 critically acclaimed Brian Jonestown Massacre albums and an EP, 1 soundtrack album and 2 albums with Tess Parks. All releases were fully recorded and produced at Anton’s studio.

This album promises to be another slice of Shoe Gaze Psychedelic Rock from one of the legends of this genre.

If you like musical literature then you could do a lot worse than invest in  Keep Music Evil – The Brian Jownstown Massacre Story written by Jesse Valencia. The book is published by Jawbone and will be published on May 1st.

Fifteen years after Ondi Timoner’s film Dig! shot The Brian Jonestown Massacre to international fame comes the first-ever book on the controversial band and their leader, Anton Newcombe, who together have been at the forefront of the resurgence of psychedelic rock in recent decades, and become one of the most infamous and controversial bands around in the process.

Drawing on years of extensive research and personal interviews with more than 125 people connected to the band, including former and current members Joel Gion, Matt Hollywood, Jeff Davies, Rick Maymi, and Frankie Emerson, as well as The Dandy Warhols, Miranda Lee Richards, Dave Deresinski, and Ondi Timoner—Keep Music Evil: The Brian Jonestown Massacre Story digs a little deeper into the history of the band and the making of the film.

Compiled from over one hundred interviews and years of in-depth research, Keep Music Evil tells the full, unexpurgated tale of the infamous psych-rockers

Presented as a personal narrative that evokes the New Journalism of Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, Keep Music Evil sets the record straight once and for all, providing close insights into the band’s origins in early 1990s San Francisco, their record-making process, and the full, unexpurgated tale of Dig! and its impact. Featuring rare, candid photographs of the band from throughout their career, this is the first comprehensive study of one of rock’n’roll’s most enduring sagas.


By Tony Creek

Tony has had a passion for music of all genres since an early introduction to the Rolling Stones and Rock in the 70's. He also loves to write and discover new music, so reviewing and publishing features is his idea of heaven. Unfortunately work and his wife's love of R n B has a habit of getting in the way!

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