BioThe Brian Jonestown Massacre seemed to be one of the very first bands to perfect that mid-60s, Anglo dandy, garage rock retro thing that's become a necessary compenent of so many post-ironic indie bands these days. Certainly, before The Brian Jonestown Massacre appeared over a decade ago in San Francisco, there was a small wave of mid-80s, psych-rock, paisley wayback machine stuff going on, but these guys had a dark side- a sarcastic, black-humor embrace of all things evil- that set them apart from the mindless, day-glo flower worshipping and love bead schtick that had been the mainstay of other 60s-sounding throwback groups at that time. Going forward, the band has been an anchor in the timeline for a whole new wave of garage bands. Groups like The Strokes, The Hives, The Dandy Warhols, The White Stripes and The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- in tracing their music roots back to the mid 60s- would have to be historically compared to the likes of The Velvet Underground and these guys.
Life has not always been smooth sailing for the band, having gone through more lineup changes than Pamela Anderson has husbands. Aside from the soap-opera and reality show-esqe drama the band has endured, they're still eagerly touring and recording, with a new album, We Are The Radio in 2004. They'll also be featured in the upcoming film DIG!, which features them alongside The Dandy Warhols. But bandleader Anton Newcombe is already announcing his displeasure with the film on their website. Maybe someday fame will catch up with these guys and they'll find the wider audience they've always deserved but never quite grasped from their underground cult throne.