Union Transfer


The Brian Jonestown Massacre

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

The Veldt

Fri, May 6, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Formed: 1990 in San Francisco, CA

Named in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture and music into the world of Western rock & roll, the Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in San Francisco, CA, in 1990. Some 40 different members passed through the group's ranks over the next half-decade, but their focal point always remained singer/guitarist Anton Newcombe, who along with bassist Matt Hollywood, guitarist Dean Taylor, organist Mara Regal, accordionist Dawn Thomas, drummer Brian Glaze, and "Spokesperson for the Revolution" Joel Gion, recorded the Massacre's 1995 shoegazer-influenced debut LP, 'Methodrone.' A collection of early recordings, 'Spacegirl and Other Favorites,' followed on the band's own Tangible label in early 1996, and was the first of four Brian Jonestown Massacre LPs to appear that year. Next up was the brilliant, 'Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request,' a full-blown homage to the Stones' glorious psychedelic-era excesses. Recorded live in the studio, the grittier 'Take It from the Man!' found the band exploring even broader territory. Finally, the year ended with the release of 'Thank God for Mental Illness,' a showcase for strong country and blues leanings.

In 1997, the BJM -- now consisting of Newcombe, Hollywood, Gion, Taylor, Peter Hayes and drummer Brad Artley -- resurfaced with 'Give It Back!' After signing to TVT, they released 'Strung Out in Heaven' the following year, but the band's own eccentricities kept them from staying on the label. After a few scattered EPs, they resurfaced in 2001 with 'Bravery, Repetition and Noise,' distributed by Bomp. 'And This Is Our Music' followed in 2003. Despite a continued lack of major distribution, the Brian Jonestown Massacre earned the largest profile of their career in 2004, when the band became the unlikely focus of an award-winning documentary, 'DIG!,' which charted the trials of Newcombe and those of his rival, Courtney Taylor, leader of the Dandy Warhols. The 'We Are the Radio' EP followed in August 2005.

Three years later, Anton Newcombe reinvented the band as he had obtained all the releases of his past albums & formed his own label, 'a' Recordings. His first new album on this label was 'My Bloody Underground,' featuring yet another lineup and a hint of shoegaze and noise pop. 'Who Killed Sgt Pepper?' followed shortly after, being made available in streaming format at the end of 2009 and receiving an official release on February 27th, 2010.

The band have toured throughout the years Australasia , Japan , North America & Europe. In 2010 they finished a 16-week world tour which ended in June 2010.

In late 2010, Anton Newcombe found premises for a studio in Berlin & proceeded to work on building the studio. The band released a 2CD compilation of their single releases in August 2011, which has been released worldwide.

In June 2011, Anton Newcombe was awarded the ASCAP (American Society Of Composers, Authors & Publishers) Film & Television Award for writing the theme tune to "Boardwalk Empire" (an HBO TV Series produced by Martin Scorsese).

In 2012, the band released their 13th full length album 'Aufheben' with tours in Australia, the USA & Europe.

2014 meant touring this time with shows on the West Coast of the USA then a 3-month tour of Europe and the UK. This tour coincided with the release of 'Revelation,' the band's 13th album. Following shortly thereafter Newcombe wrote, produced and recorded the album 'Musique de Film Imagine,' inspired in many ways by the films of Serge Gainsborough, to critical acclaim in Europe, The UK and the US of A.

In November 2015 the BJM once more toured Australia with the show in Melbourne being the closing show of The Melbourne Music Week at The Melbourne Town Hall with participating musicians Deborrah "Moogy" Morgan, vocals on two tracks from 'Musicque du Film Imagine,' along with Matt Sigley from The Lovetones on Keys and vocals and last but not least Ollie McGill from Cat Empire playing the 100 pipe grand organ. In addition the band performed 4 shows in New Zealand.

Newcombe has recently finished the soundtrack for the Phillip John-directed feature length movie 'Moon Dogs,' set in the islands off Scotland.

May 2016 has the band playing a month of shows in the US of A and Canada, and returning to Europe in the summer for a series of concerts. The current band consists of Anton Newcombe, Joel Gion, Enrique Maymi, Rob Campanella, Dan Allaire, Collin Hegna and Ryan Van Kreidt.
The Veldt
Daniel and Danny Chavis are natives of Raleigh/ Chapel Hill, North Carolina, East Village residents for the past 28 years and co-founders of the groundbreaking band The Veldt, who lifted their band's name from a Ray Bradbury science fiction story. Musically reared in the church and juke-joints of their native southern state, the twins have been performing since they were children, listening to music that included gospel, Motown and Pink Floyd. In March, they, together with bassist/programmer Hayato Nakao, return to their roots with the release of the EP The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation Mixtape on March 18, 2016.

Featuring the emotionally wrought first single Sanctified, a ballad that perfectly captures the lush sound of Danny's screeching guitars, decibel breaking distortion, a frenzy of feedback and Daniel's soulful wail, and Hayato Nakao's deep bass grooves and guitar feedback, the track serves as the perfect re-introduction to this dynamic band. Long-time collaborator A.R. Kane produced the final track on the EP, while Mahogany's Andrew Prinz contributes guitar on two tracks, with Marie Cochrane on vocals for another two.

The title The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur was borrowed from an E.E. Cummings poem. Its raging sound was influenced equally by the emotional soul of Marvin Gaye, free jazz warriors Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders, various Drake hip-hop tracks, and their own fertile electric imagination.

In their early days, the Chavis brothers making a name for themselves playing throughout the south at a time when fellow southerners REM and Superchunk were securing major label deals. As more black rock bands (Living Colour, 24/7 Spyz) began selling records and gigging throughout the world, the Veldt was courted by various labels, including IRS Records and Capitol.

Initially signed to Capitol Records in 1989, the Veldt embarked on a musical journey that changed their lives. Soon, they were in the studio with dream-gaze guru Robin Guthrie working on their debut Marigolds, playing American concert halls with the Cocteau Twins, working with A.R. Kane, and opening for Jesus and the Mary Chain in England. The Veldt were a sensation from the start as they became a part of a movement of innovators who came of musical age at a time when rhythmic rebels were reflective, gritty and wild; their sound inspired future generations of alternative artists, including TV On the Radio.

They switched labels and Mercury Records released Afrodisiac in 1994. Their single Soul in a Jar was an underground hit.

As the brothers moved to expand their musical language, fusing more electronics into their soundscape, they retired the "Veldt" name and, for various reasons, began recording and touring under under the name Apollo Heights. In 1999, the Chavis brothers met bassist Hayato Nakao, who would become their permanent partner. Their music was loud, exploring color, space, sensuality and beat driven melodies with rhythmic and dynamic tension. Daniel's falsetto vocals cast a contrast upon the wall of sound created by Danny's heavy rock dreamscape guitar and Hayato's pounding and licentious beats.

Although the Veldt were signed by two major labels after leaving Mercury Records in 1995, the brothers decided to remain indie and self-released their 2008 album White Songs for Black People. "The major labels were always trying to get us to change our sound, our look or both," Daniel laughs. "But, we had no interest in being the next Lenny Kravitz or Tony! Toni! Toné! Unfortunately, not everyone shared our vision. We weren't trying to be rock stars, we just want to play our music and pay our rent."

Apart from Robin Guthrie and A.R. Kane, they have collaborated with TV On The Radio, Mos Def and Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and have shared the stage with My Bloody Valentine, The Pixies, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Living Colour and TV on the Radio, among others.

After changing their name back to The Veldt, the Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur serves as the band's re-emergence, to be followed by another full album of material on their Resurrection Hymns LP later this year. Indeed, for these veteran musicians and passionate noise technicians, The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur marks a new beginning.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123