Brian Jon­estown Mas­sacre

Some­thing Else

Classic Rock - - Albums - emma Johnston

First of two al­bums this year from An­ton New­combe’s rock’n’roll sur­vivors.

More than 20 years into what has been a tem­pes­tu­ous ca­reer, and

Brian Jon­estown Mas­sacre are ar­guably in the best shape they’ve ever been in. Once a car­i­ca­ture for rock’n’roll ex­cess, the now‑sober and set­tled An­ton New­combe and his band have not only sur­vived their past, they’ve also sur­passed it, be­cause un­der­neath it all they’ve al­ways of­fered so much more.

Some­thing Else is the first of two al­bums to be re­leased by the band in 2018, and it finds them on clas­sic BJM form

– a warm, densely ana­logue jour­ney through in­ner space punc­tu­ated by churchy key­boards and tam­bourines that rat­tle like bones. The usual touch­stones are there – Sui­cide, The Je­sus And Mary Chain, the Vel­vet Un­der­ground (par­tic­u­larly on the sour, ob­ses­sive, trance­like My

Love and the som­nam­bu­lant Si­lent Stream) – but it’s very much New­combe’s voice you’re hear­ing: mourn­ful, weath­er­beaten, and in the richly melodic Psy­chic Lips, cau­tiously op­ti­mistic. This is psych garage rock at its most artis­tic. Where this jour­ney takes us, we’ll find out later in the year.

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