Artist of the week – The Brian Jonestown Massacre / Anton Newcombe / Tess Parks

The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American musical project and band led and started by Anton Newcombe. It was formed in San Francisco in 1990. The band name is a portmanteau of deceased Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones and the 1978 Jonestown Massacre.

Core members in the early years included Matt HollywoodJeffrey DaviesJoel Gion, Travis Threlkel, Peter Hayes (BRMC), Patrick Straczek, Ricky Maymi, Brian Glaze, Elise Dye and Dean Taylor, though the lineup was subject to frequent changes. The group was the subject of the 2004 documentary film called Dig! and have gained media notoriety for their tumultuous working relationships as well as the erratic behaviour of Newcombe. He wrote most of the group’s songs, with Hollywood collaborating or contributing others on occasion. Following Hollywood’s departure from the group in 1998, Newcombe’s name became almost synonymous with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Newcombe was also heavily involved in the post-production of his albums, often engineering and mixing them himself. A prolific artist, he authored over 150 songs in a 15-year period. In 2016, he composed the soundtrack for British indie film Moon Dogs, directed by Philip John.

Anton Newcombe founded the musical group L’Épee in 2019 along with French film star Emmanuelle Seigner and The Limiñanas.

Tess Parks is a singer/songwriter from Toronto who was signed by Alan McGee to his label 359 Music after moving to London. In 2013 Tess released her debut solo album ‘Blood Hot’. Her next record was a collaboration with Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2015 called ‘I Declare Nothing’.