Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Brian Jonestown Massacre 

With Fiery Furnaces and Hockey Night. Thursday, November 20, at the Grog Shop.

Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • Brian Jonestown Massacre
Like the colorful, tie-dyed musical miasma of '60s rock from which it draws inspiration, the Brian Jonestown Massacre employs a dynamic palette of shifting shapes and textures in illustrating its opulent soundscapes. While singer-guitarist Anton Newcombe and company paid early and frequent homage to this era, the Massacre's sound has expanded greatly since its genesis. Late-'80s Britpop (the Cure, Smiths) and its shoegazing successors have provided additional touchstones across the band's decade-long existence, connected by a penchant for gentle melodic drone and the acoustic-guitar jangle it often buttresses.

The band's latest, And This Is Our Music, represents the apotheosis of this approach. The album drifts sonorously over musical landscapes with an expertly calibrated mix, from the reverb/surf-guitar underpinnings of "When Jokers Attack" and its majestic, Oasis-sized arrangement of the instrumental "You Look Great When I'm Fucked Up," whose Ennio Morricone C&W is fueled by singing saw, wind-blown guitar ambiance, and haunting piano resembling a distinctly more parched Mojave 3. Hard to pin down, but easy to flow with, Brian Jonestown Massacre goes down easy, like spiked purple Kool-Aid.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Previews

Latest in Livewire

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Clayton English @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Fri., Jan. 21
  • Windborne's the Music of Queen @ State Theatre

    • Fri., Jan. 21
  • Cleveland Pops: All That Jazz @ Severance Music Center

    • Sat., Jan. 22

© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation