Release Date: Feb 24, 2017
Record label: A Recordings
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
The 2004 documentary Dig! concludes with The Brian Jonestown Massacre in the midst of the unsung, drug-addled shambles to which they'd long grown accustom. Meanwhile, their friends- turned-rivals The Dandy Warhols swan off to Europe to "headline" the Reading Festival. That ending was deceptive in the first place (nobody headlines Reading under broad daylight) and it's since transpired that BJM won the war.
The closest sober Anton has got so far to the chaotic, alcohol & drug fueled psychedelia he fully embraced roughly a decade ago… Barely four months passed since Third World Pyramid saw the light of day and here is Don't Get Lost, a brand new Brian Jonestown Massacre record. I must admit I wasn't aware of its existence until a few days ago, but as soon as I read about it, I was stoked to hear it. I still have TWP on my playlist and given their steady pace of releasing a LP every two years, probably nobody expected this one to be out so soon. Nevertheless, the band's latest work heavily contrasts Third World Pyramid both in sound and length.
It's business as usual, almost, at Anton Newcombe's new Cobra Studio in Berlin. That means the BJM's potent brew of garage-psych dominates proceedings, with Open Minds Now Close rumbling into view on waves of fuzzy drums and droning, while Melody's Actual Echo Chamber drifts by on a smokey dub trance trip with some neat hi-hat details. There are songs too, in the broadest sense.
Arriving a scant four months after their last full-length, Don't Get Lost finds Brian Jonestown Massacre trekking ever further afield into the psych wilderness. Since launching his Cobra Studio in Berlin, bandleader Anton Newcombe has turned his operation into a bursting warehouse of sound, opening the floodgates to deliver a torrent of new music over the early 2010s. Bearing the name of a song from 2016's Third World Pyramid, the 14-track Don't Get Lost offers a pretty wide cross-section of BJM's various modes, with a particular emphasis on electronic experimentations.