The Brian Jonestown Massacre

The Brian Jonestown Massacre was formed in San Francisco in 1990. The band has had over 40 members since then, but its driving force and main songwriter is Anton Newcombe. Other prominent members have included Matt Hollywood, Dean Taylor, Jeff Davies, Brian Glaze, and Joel Gion. Their sound is heavily influenced by the psychedelic sounds of the 1960s, but also carries influences from shoegaze, jangle pop, garage rock, and lo-fi sonorities.

Over its decade-long history, the band has undergone a large number of personnel changes. Multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter Anton Newcombe is the only member who has stayed with the Brian Jonestown Massacre since its beginning, when it was founded by Newcombe, tambourine player Joel Gion (who stayed with him the longest), and guitarist/bassist/vocalist Matt Hollywood. There are at least two dozen musicians who have been in the BJM at one point or another.

Ex-members include: guitarist Jeff Davies; Matt Hollywood, a founding member of Portland band The Out Crowd; Peter Hayes, founding member of San Francisco rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; Joel Gion, a founding member of San Francisco band, The Dilettantes; Rob Campanella, a Los Angeles producer and engineer who has worked with The Tyde, Beachwood Sparks, Dead Meadow, Mia Doi Todd, Frausdots, Scarling., and his band The Quarter after; Bobby Hecksher, founding member of Los Angeles band The Warlocks; solo recording artist Miranda Lee Richards; Matt Tow, founding member of the Australian band The Lovetones.

Current long-term members include Collin Hegna (bass), Frankie Teardrop (guitar,noise,etc), and Dan Allaire (percussion). Long-time guitarist Ricky Rene Maymi was recently replaced by Irina Yaikowsky for a short tour, who was in turn, replaced by Ricky Rene Maymi.

Much has been made of the fact that Newcombe is head strong and has just one vision in mind: his own. However, many of the musicians who quit his band have stayed in his orbit and continue working with him in some capacity. Newcombe was, at one point, a drummer in Hecksher’s Warlocks. Campanella produces or engineers many of the records on Newcombe’s record label, the Committee to Keep Music Evil and has also been on the last 2 highly successful European tours, playing keyboards and on occasion, guitar. Gion is forever showing back up shaking the tambourine at BJM shows. Even the Dandy Warhols appear to have buried the hatchet with Newcombe, as he joined them onstage at Lollapalooza in July of 2005.

In 2005 the band released the EP We Are the Radio, on Newcombe’s record label The Committee to Keep Music Evil.

The band announced the release of a new studio album, tentatively titled My Bloody Underground, which was released in 2008. On September 3, 2007, the band released rough recordings from the album for download from their website. Music videos of the songs on the album have also been released, including a music video compilation DVD entitled ‘Book of Days’. Songs from Brian Jonestown Massacre were specially adapted for use in the score to the critically acclaimed independent film, "Four Eyed Monsters."

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre Albums

0.0 (bring It All Back Home-Again) The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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0.0 …And This Is Our Music The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
June 9, 2008
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0.0 And This Is Our Music The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
January 2, 2004
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0.0 Bravery Repetition & Noise The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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0.0 Bravery Repetition and Noise The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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0.0 Bravery, Repetition, and Noise The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
October 16, 2001
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0.0 Bringing It All Back Home – Again The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
August 28, 2007
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0.0 Bringing It All Back Home Agai The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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0.0 Bringing It All Back Home Again The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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0.0 Give It Back The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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0.0 Give It Back! The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
June 9, 2008
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0.0 If I Love You The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
November 8, 2010
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0.0 Iluminomi The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
January 31, 2010
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0.0 Just Like Kicking Jesus The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
June 30, 2008
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0.0 Love The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
November 30, 1997
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0.0 Love – Single The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
May 19, 1998
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0.0 Love EP The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
August 3, 2009
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0.0 Methodrone The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
January 1, 2004
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0.0 My Bloody Underground The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released on
March 17, 2008
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0.0 Peel Sessions 1998 The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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November 30, 1997
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