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Anton Newcombe by Marc West
Anton Newcombe by Marc West

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

By Marc West
See the pictures, listen to the interview and read the review from the gig at The Zodiac.

So, you’ve seen the Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary Dig! and now you think you know everything about The Brian Jonestown Massacre?

Well, forget more-or-less everything you’ve heard about 1967’s Summer of Love-child Anton Newcombe. Look beyond the legend, to the man and the music.

According to the rock ‘n’ roll myths, anything can happen at a BJM gig - and I’m told it usually does, but tonight the outfit seem unusually sedate – concentrating more on generating a full-blown homage to the glorious psychedelic-era excesses.

The Zodiac is transported to a blurry combination of the ‘60s past, an experimental present and a mysterious future – aural ecstasy!

Taking to the stage wearing a deerstalker that he’s proudly been sporting for “two weeks non-stop”, Anton has a vision of how the live performance should progress – don’t touch the guitar he’s positioned against an amp for added distortion, while he picks up a bass to add to the gorgeous chaos.

Get lost in the flow of sound inspired by the musicians who came before him – from Rolling Stones to Velvet Underground, My Bloody Valentine to Oxford shoegazers Ride, who’s frontman Mark Gardiner along with a congregation of other Oxford musicians - Goldrush, The Whips, Schla La La’s and Nine Stone Cowboy - has come to worship at Anton’s alter.

Catch BJM onstage and see for yourself what Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Perry Farrell have all recently been waxing lyrical about. Often anarchic, entirely unpredictable, but always in service to the music, Anton Newcombe is the real deal. Dig it!

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