We’ve all seen that Film Dig! Right? Well if you haven’t, that’s probably the reason why you don’t have a ticket yet to go and see The Brian Jonestown Massacre at O2 Academy Liverpool June 14th.
Having been lead by their enigmatic leader and free spirit Anton Newcombe through 14 albums, numerous on stage bust ups and a tour ending up behind bars, The BJM have experienced a career like few other bands. When all the drama off stage is set aside, the band are one of the most complete recording outfits, continuously drawing together 60s revivalist rock with a sobering 90s realism. Newcomb’s uncompromising talent for pushing the lengths of instrumentation when recording is a common feature of the band’s albums, with Indian influences often transcended onto record.
Appearing in the 2004 Rockumentary Dig! The film documents the opposing careers of The BJM and The Dandy Warhols as they experience two varying levels of success throughout the course of the 90s. The film highlights the raw artistic talent of BJM frontman Anton Newcombe whose self destructive personality continuously halts the band’s chances of signing with a major label, something which The Dandy Warhols achieved yet come to lament. Behind all of the chaos and destructive behaviour, the music of The BJM shines through and serves to solidify their status as one of the true cult bands of the last 20 years.
Here’s to hoping no sitars are broken when The Brian Jonestown Massacre take to the stage of O2 Academy Liverpool June 14th.
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of Brian Jonestown Massacre