The iconic band The Brian Jonestown Massacre recently announced upcoming tour dates in Europe after completing an outstanding tour in the United States and performing at Levitation France. It could be a possibility that most bands would get burnt out right? But this is BJM- the kings of the underground, known for doing massive amounts of shows and putting out more music than anyone I know. Later this summer they will be releasing their 19th album “Fire Doesn’t Grow On Trees” and us at Rock at Night are totally geeked for this release after a 3-year break, but the band is back in action and ready to ROCK. BJM always had that go big or go home type of ambition that I admire. The opening song is a tune called “The Real” Anton created after a brief creative stand still.
‘All of a sudden, I just heard something,’ Anton said. ‘And then it just didn’t stop. We tracked a whole song every single day for 70 days in a row.’
He also says he knew “The Real” had to be the first song when he wrote the lyric, ‘Fight the beast until it dies, raise your sword up to the sky.’
‘That line is like Fantasyland! It’s the little kid in me, full on St. George shit. It’s as much a declaration of anything that I could ever muster. A lot of the album is about affirmation by just living. Existentially, this time period has felt pretty dark, so it’s about fighting the good fight. I’m singing to empower other people. First of all, I’m getting whatever I need out of it, but I can see it as something other people can identify with.’ – via BJM Instagram
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Release date: June 24th, 2022
‘THE REAL’ MUSIC VIDEO
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I really dig the ‘grindhouse’ aesthetic of this music video and its sweet sonic sound that reminds me of bands from the 60s with hints of lush 90s shoegaze.
“It was one of my favorites to record.” Uri tells Rock At Night.
BJM PERFORMING AT LEVITATION FRANCE 2022
Video Footage by Pierre Andrieu
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