Brian Jonestown Massacre - ‘Who Killed Sgt Pepper?’ (Cargo Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 08 January 2010 18:04

BJM_cover554If I cast my mind back to when I first heard the Brian Jonestown Massacre (supporting Black Rebel Motorcycle Club incidentally), I must confess I've always had one eye on what they have been up to. I've always liked my musicians to be eccentric fucks who want to fuck with your mind and that's exactly what Anton Alfred Newcombe does every time with his band of musical renegades.


Recorded in studios across Iceland and Berlin throughout late 2009 and between tours of the US, 'Who Killed Sgt Pepper?' is draped in psychedelia, but brought bang up to date through a definitive trance feel. Album opener 'Tempo 116.7 (Reaching for dangerous levels of sobriety)' strangely reminds me a lot of Gong in my musical copy book, but you have to understand I LIKE Gong...a lot.


'Tunger Hnifur' meanwhile rips out the guitars for a four minute glam stomp that wouldn't be out of place on a BRMC album but wouldn't give them the satisfaction of finally writing a great song. 'Lets Go Fucking Mental' is up next complete with football hooligan chant that has a Tricky (Near God era) vibe that perfectly blends the extremes, before 'White Music' dips back into trance with a heavenly serenade and "wow listen to that Harp"!


By the time 'This Is the First Of Your Last Warning' shakes itself out of the disco I'm sold and up on the dance floor shaking my ass, something I continue to do through the garage rock of 'This Is The One Thing We Did Not Want To Have Happen' and synth pop of 'The One'. Before the jarred beats of 'Someplace Else Unknown' let me have a breather with its angry (almost NIN) sounding industrial soundscape being more of a listen to then loose yourself type of track.


'Who Killed Sgt Pepper?' bounces through eras and styles of truly great pop music throughout it's thirteen tracks like some musical Tardis. It sometimes reminds me of Primal Scream's 'Screamadelica' or Spiritualized's 'Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space' in its size and scope.


As the album reaches it's final third, 'Detka! Detka! Detka!' sounds like a gypsy version of Krautrock, whilst 'Super Fucked', 'Our Time' and 'Feel It' continue to mix up the dance rock influences in the band's own imitable style. Which just leaves the ten-minute plus 'Felt Tipped Pictures Of UFOs' in all of its minimalist beauty to close this near perfect start to 2010 for me musically.


I like this album and I want you to like this album just as much, in fact don't wait to buy this, when it is released on 22nd February 2010, buy it now on digital download and discover just approved_image_lrg'Who Killed Sgt Pepper?' Right up my street this...Smart.