Brian Jonestown Massacre on First Avenue, Minneapolis (April 10, 2022)
Mercury Rev was originally the band to support BJM… but due to COVID concerns they dropped the tour until April 12th.
Local psychedelic group magic castles (vocalist/guitarist Jason Edmonds, vocalist/guitarist Jeremiah Doering, bassist Paul Fuglestad, drummer Brendan McInerney) stepped in at the last minute to save the day. It made sense, as Magic Castles had already opened for BJM in May 2016…and we love the band, as they were one of the few highlights of the Bathysphere: a psychonautical journey festival in May 2013.
A lot has changed since 2013, apparently the band lost their flautist. Their music was discovered by Brian Jonestown Massacre band founder/leader Anton Newcombe… who signed the band to his A recordings.
The songs on the Magic Castles set were mostly new songs by reign of the sun and their previous album Sky Sounds.
Massacre of Brian Jonestown came on stage a little later than expected. This is a very large band, consisting of vocalist/guitarist/frontman Anton Newcombe, guitarist Ricky Maymi, extra guitarist Hakon Adalsteinsson, keyboardist Ryan Carlson Van Kriedt, drummer Uri Rennert, bassist Collin Hegna and tambourine player Joel Gion. Additionally, there are guitar tuners and soundboard technology.
With all musicians and tightly controlled sound, the band creates layers and layers of psychedelic soundscape. Singer Newcombe barely spoke throughout their set, instead letting the music speak for itself. When he does speak, it’s usually to complain that his guitars weren’t tuned right (and he has to take a few minutes to get it right before he plays).
As you can see from the setlist (see photo below), most of their songs are taken from their latest The future is your past…that the band admitted they were just looking forward to testing those songs live. Newcombe, quoted: “For me, living is where it [these songs] live or die. So for me to have the chance at my age to go on another world tour for two years and play bigger venues, bigger theaters and be at the top of my game, it’s an honor as well as ‘a challenge. We are very excited.”
Brian Jonestown’s next album Massacre Fire does not grow on trees will be released in June 2022, via A Recording.
Remaining tour dates:
12-Apr | Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
13-Apr | Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall
April 15 | Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
17-April | Seattle, Washington – Showbox
April 18 | Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
20-Apr | San Francisco, California The Fillmore
22-Apr | Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
23-April | San Diego, California – The North Park Observatory
24-April | Santa Ana, CA – The OC Observatory
28-April | Austin, Texas – Waller Creek Amphitheater from Stubb
29-April | Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
30-Apr | Houston, TX – The Heights Theater
02-May | Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
03-May | St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
05-May | Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
06-May | Birmingham, AL – Saturn
07-May | Atlanta, Georgia – West Terminal
09-May | Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
10-May | Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
11-May | Washington DC – Black Cat