September 6, 2017
The Brian Jonestown Massacre played Brooklyn Steel
The Brian Jonestown Massacre rolled into Brooklyn Steel on their latest jaunt across North America. They stretched out their classic spaced-out sound for nearly two hours of seething bliss.
For three decades, the Brian Jonestown Massacre has taken bits and pieces from across the rock and roll canon to create a sound that wrangles together blues, southern twang, and psychedelia that lifts their sonics into the heavens. Led by Anton Newcombe, the band has seen some serious line-up changes over the years, but the current incarnation can conjure up some swelling sounds that cement the band's status as a group that has consistently put out new music while still being able to maintain a level of creativity without succumbing to the opinions of others. Taking hints of shoegaze and paisley-pop perfection, their space/psych-rock tendencies were catapulted to new heights in the cavernous Brooklyn Steel. With a full force band on stage, seven members graced the stage, their sound was rich with texture and drenched with reverb and allowed for their skills and composure to come through with remarkable precision. Newcombe's banter between tracks was as strange as one would've predicted, but he never let his own words overtake the power of his songs.