This weekend Boston, Philadelphia and New York City are three cities set to host exclusive concerts involving legendary psych rock gurus The Brian Jonestown Massacre (BJM for short) and groundbreaking alternative soul shoegaze pioneers The Veldt.
This three-stop mini-tour involves two bands we can consider to be legends in their own time – each in their own niche sub-genres with a very slight overlap. Headliners The Brian Jonestown Massacre are known far and wide to anybody who hasn’t had their head under a rock in the past few decades. They are joined by The Veldt, also pioneers in shoegaze and alternative soul – an interesting mix but one that works, beautifully uniting influences like Motown, Arthur Lee, Massive Attack and Cocteau Twins.
Brian Jonestown Massacre is touring in support of their new album, Musique de Film Imaginé, (music for film imagined), which is a soundtrack that pays homage to the great European film directors of the late 50’s and 60’s, such as François Truffaut & Jean-Luc Godard, and is created for an imaginary French film.
In what is not-surprisingly a mesmerizing trip-out of a listening session, its moody slow tempo reminds me of what it might feel to take some shrooms and watch 70s psychedelic bang-out classics time stretched to play significantly slower with a much stronger melodic component.
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BJM is joined by The Veldt , whose new EP The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur we already reviewed here (author Callum McAdam). This release is now available via Bandcamp (CD, digital) and Leonard Skully Records (vinyl). For these gigs, they are playing tracks from this release and some previously released material as well as giving a small preview of what is to come for their forthcoming LP Resurrection Hymns, to be released via Sonablast Records later this year.
With a colorful history involving signings to 3 major labels, recordings under producers as notable as Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), Ray Shulman (Bjork, The Sugarcubes, The Sundays), and Lincoln Fong (Moose), as well as a name switch to Apollo Heights and lineup changes, they never saw (or perhaps even wanted) mainstream success but did manage to impress the hell out of a whole generation of music listeners, eager to embrace their re-emergence.
This trio of joint gigs are as follows:
May 6 – Philadelphia – Union Transfer
May 7 – Boston – Paradise Rock Club
May 9 New York City – Webster Hall