DOWNLOAD: The Lovetones - Journeyman (MP3)
Brian Jonestown Massacare are back again. Their current tour, which included west coast dates with Primal Scream, hits Terminal 5 in NYC tonight (April 1) with The Asteroid #4. Tickets are stil available.
I had to keep reminding myself that last night's show wasn't a comeback tour. Neither Scotland's Primal Scream (who've been around since the '80s) nor our own Californians Brian Jonestown Massacre (who came along a decade later) ever really went away. But it sure seemed like it. They both fell under the radar for a long time, releasing forgettable albums (or, in the case of BJM, cracking up) so that all but the most passionate fans flat out forgot about them. Last night, however, the musicians' persistence was rewarded when the groups sold out the Fillmore and delivered a spectacle for the eyes and ears--with surprisingly none of the tantrum shenanigans from BJM's moody frontman Anton Newcombe (he even dedicated the band's final song to "All you people who lost your jobs." Awww.).Primal Scream came through NYC and played shows at Webster Hall and MHOW last week.
[San Francisco Weekly, March 17, 2009]
Australian singer-songwriter Matthew J. Tow toured as a member of, and wrote a couple of songs for, Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2003. Formerly of Australian band Drop City, he currently fronts The Lovetones whose new album Dimensions is out now (grab a track from it above).
The perpetually underrated LOVETONES return in style with their fourth album Dimensions. Bandleader *MATTHEW J. TOW*'s masterful mix of *DAVID BOWIE*esque balladry and 60s psychedelia leans hard on the latter half of the equation this time around - possibly a consequence of Tow's moonlighting tenure in THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE. That's hardly a bad thing if done properly, and the Australian band's sparkling acid rain makes Tow's irrepressibly tuneful songs shine like diamonds caught in sunlight. [The Big Takeover]The Lovetones are touring the United States in May. NYC shows are May 1st at Pianos and May 2nd at Cameo in Brooklyn. All tour dates below...
The Lovetones - 2009 Tour Dates
May 1 - Piano's New York, New York
May 2 - Cameo Brooklyn, New York
May 3 - The Velvet Lounge Washington DC, Washington DC
May 5 - The M Room Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 7 - Old Ironsides Sacramento, California
May 9 - The Comet Seattle, Washington
May 10 - The East End Portland, Oregon
May 12 - The Hemlock San Francisco, California
May 13 - Audie's Olympic Fresno, California
May 14 - Spaceland Los Angeles, California
May 15 - The Redwood Bar Los Angeles, California