Brian Jonestown Massacre UK Poster BJM By Darren Grealish
Brian Jonestown Massacre 2004 UK Poster by Darren Grealish
Brian Jonestown Massacre.
1997–1998: Give It Back!, Signing to TVT and Strung Out in Heaven
The Brian Jonestown Massacre released Give It Back! in 1997, their sixth studio album. Footage from the album sessions were included in the documentary Dig!. Give It Back! includes the track “Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth”, a sardonic reply to The Dandy Warhols‘ single “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth“, which had been directed at the Brian Jonestown Massacre. “Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth” was featured on the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch‘s 2005 film Broken Flowers. Soon after the album’s release, the Brian Jonestown Massacre signed a multi-record deal with TVT Records. This led to the release of the band’s seventh full-length album Strung Out in Heaven in 1998. The album includes the track “Love”, released as a CD single with a demo of the song “Wasting Away” as a B-side in the same year. Strung Out in Heaven didn’t sell as many records as TVT had hoped and they later mutually dissolved their remaining contractual obligations with the band.
1999–2005: Bring It All Back Home – Again, Bravery, Repetition and Noise, And This Is Our Music and We Are the Radio
In 1999 the band released an EP, Bringing It All Back Home – Again, the last release to feature band member Matt Hollywood, who left the band following an onstage argument. In 2001 the band released their eighth studio album, Bravery, Repetition and Noise, which includes the track “Sailor”, originally performed by The Cryan’ Shames. 2003’s And This Is Our Music demonstrates contemporary influences such as electronic music. The album’s title is a reference to the identically-titled, but distinct, albums This Is Our Music by the artists Galaxie 500 and Ornette Coleman. In 2005 the band released the EP We Are the Radio on Anton Newcombe‘s own label, The Committee to Keep Music Evil, which features a close collaboration with indie singer-songwriter Sarabeth Tucek.
2008–2015: Experimental music and recent releases
My Bloody Underground was released on Cargo Records in 2008. This album is directly inspired by the music made by the bands My Bloody Valentine and The Velvet Underground. The record contains more experimental sounds than previous albums, especially in a collaboration with Mark Gardener, formerly of Ride, who co-wrote the song “Monkey Powder”. The Brian Jonestown Massacre recorded both the One EP and Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? in Iceland and Berlin in 2009. The One EP was released in November 2009 and features the songs, “One”, “This Is the First of Your Last Warning” (which also appears on Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?), an English version of “This Is The First of Your Last Warning”, and an exclusive track, “Bruttermania”. Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? was released in February 2010 and features musicians such as Unnur Andrea Einarsdottir (who recorded vocals on the previous Brian Jonestown Massacre album) and Felix Bondareff from the Russian band, Amazing Electronic Talking Cave as well as the musician Will Carruthers. Soon after the album’s release, it was confirmed that Matt Hollywood had returned to the band after an eleven-year absence. According to Anton Newcombe, he would feature on the band’s next album and toured with the band.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre released the album Aufheben on May 1, 2012. Newcombe stated that the album title relates to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel‘s use of the term, whereby something is destroyed in order to preserve it. Revelation was released in May 2014. It is the first album to be fully recorded and produced at Anton Newcombe’s recording studio in Berlin. Stylistically, the album mixes the traditional Brian Jonestown Massacre sound with eastern influences. Musique de Film Imaginéwas released on April 27, 2015. The album is a soundtrack for an imaginary French film, and pays homage to the great European film directors of the late 1950s and 1960s such as François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. It was recorded in Berlin in August 2014.
Along with the Dandy Warhols, the Brian Jonestown Massacre were the subjects of the 2004 documentary film Dig!. The film captured a love–hate relationship between both bands, highlighting the interaction of BJM frontman Anton Newcombe with his counterpart in the Warhols, Courtney Taylor-Taylor. The film was recorded over the