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Brian Jonestown Massacre

Formed in 1990 in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco and taking much of their musical spirit from both the psychedelic-youth-culture and music of the same area, the Brian Jonestown Massacre have made some of the most exciting underground music in America since the sixties. When asked about the origin of the band name, leader Anton Alfred Newcombe explained, "At the time we were all eating alot of l.s.d. and it seemed like a good idea to me..." And from listing to early recordings and reports of their first show in a black Masonic temple it seems very plausible to me.

Newcombe recalls "I just wanted to be in a great band, with people who really loved music, but there really weren't any to join at the time." So he started his own. At first he wrote songs on a four-track tape recorder, playing all of the parts himself, but before he knew it he had hooked up with Matt Hollywood (bass), Travis Threllkel (guitar) Rick Maymi drums), and by the middle of their first gig, Jeff Davies (guitar). "You see, at the time, the BJM were doing more or less experimental psychedelic music, not unlike My Bloody Valentine, and it was refreshing to just play simple rock music." Eventually they sent a demo to Greg Shaw of Bomp! Records and released nine albums later they released Braveryrepetitionandnoise in 2003 through Chatterbox records in Australia, and have been criss-crossing the US and Canada playing to their bigger-than-ever cult audience.

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