About The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American musical project and band led and started by Anton Newcombe. It was formed in San Francisco in 1990.
The bandname is a portmanteau of deceased Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones and the 1978 Jonestown Massacre. The collective was founded by Anton Newcombe in San Francisco between 1990 and 1993. Their first albums were compilations of multiple recording sessions and an early demo tape. It was titled Pol Pot’s Pleasure Penthouse. This release became a popular bootleg.
A second album, Spacegirl and Other Favorites, was released in 1993 as a vinyl-only release and was compiled from what Anton called his “studio trash”. The album includes “Hide and Seek”, which was released as a single in 1994. The band’s follow-up album, Methodrone, was developed largely out of the concepts explored on Spacegirl and heavily influenced by the shoegaze genre that had gained prominence several years prior to its release. The album’s ethereal rock sound is comparable to bands such as Galaxie 500, Spacemen 3 and My Bloody Valentine.Two tracks from the album, She Made Me and Evergreen, were released as a double A-side single in 1992. Methodrone was recorded primarily at a studio in the Hunter’s Point region of San Francisco called The Compound, where Naut Humon provided an environment for Anton to record for hours on end.
Among their multiple releases are Give It Back! (1997), Bravery Repetition and Noise, Revelation (2014), Something Else (2018) and The Brian Jonestown Massacre (2019).