Named in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture and music into the world of Western rock & roll, the Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in San Francisco, CA, in 1990. Some 40 different members passed through the group’s ranks over the next half-decade, but their focal point always remained singer/guitarist Anton Newcombe, along with other musicians recorded the Massacre’s 1995 shoegazer-influenced debut LP, Methodrone. A collection of early recordings, Spacegirl and Other Favorites, followed on the band’s own Tangible label in early 1996, and was the first of four Brian Jonestown Massacre LPs to appear that year. Next up was the brilliant, Their Satanic Majesties’ Second Request, a full-blown homage to the Stones’ glorious psychedelic-era excesses. Recorded live in the studio, the grittier Take It from the Man! found the band exploring even broader territory. Finally, the year ended with the release of Thank God for Mental Illness, a showcase for strong country and blues leanings.
In 1997, the BJM resurfaced with a new full length album Give It Back! After signing to TVT, they released Strung Out in Heaven the following year, but the band’s own eccentricities kept them from staying on the label. After a few scattered EPs, they resurfaced in 2001 with Bravery Repetition and Noise, distributed by Bomp. And This Is Our Music followed in 2003. Despite a continued lack of major distribution, the Brian Jonestown Massacre earned the largest profile of their career in 2004, when the band became the unlikely focus of an award-winning documentary, DIG!, which charted the trials of Newcombe and those of his rival, Courtney Taylor, leader of the Dandy Warhols. The We Are the Radio EP followed in August 2005.
Three years later, Anton Newcombe reinvented the band as he had obtained all the releases of his past albums & formed his own label ‘a recordings’. His first new album on this label was My Bloody Underground, featuring yet another lineup and a hint of shoegaze and noise pop. Who Killed Sgt Pepper? followed shortly after, being made available in streaming format at the end of 2009 and receiving an official release on February 27th, 2010.
The band have toured throughout the years to Australasia , Japan , North America & Europe , in 2010 they finished a 16 week world tour which ended in June. In late 2010, Newcombe found premises in Berlin & proceeded to work on building his studio . The band released worldwide a 2CD compilation of their single releases in August 2011. In 2012, the band released their 13th full length album “Aufheben” with tours in Australia, the USA & Europe.
Between 2020 & 2021 , Anton & some of the band returned to the studio in Berlin , being joined by other members remotely to record over 50 songs. In March 2022 they toured the US & Canada with special guests Mercury Rev on 6 week well received tour , a new album was released in June called “Fire Doesn’t Grow On Trees” the band also did a 5 week tour of mainland Europe to many sold out shows.
In 2023 the band released another new album that came out in February called “The Future Is Your Past” which garnered many good reviews , They also embarked on a 2 month European tour taking in the UK & Iceland playing to sold out shows 28 sold out shows out of 30 shows . A the moment in the summer of 2023 , they are playing festivals in France , Italy , Finland , Portugal & the UK . They will be touring North America starting mid September 2023.