Brian Jonestown Massacre: Fire Doesn't Grow On Trees (2022)
The good news is that the new one, at least on initial spin, is a winner. Their albums can sometimes be hit-or-miss, interesting and varied almost poppy LPs occasionally interrupted by the lo-fi drone-grooves of, say, 2008's My Blood Underground. And this one's squarely in the former category, as frontman Anton Newcombe dons his 60s garage band cap and comes up with a broad assortment of psych retro-rockers (apparently recorded throughout the pandemic). Opener "The Real" and "Ineffable Mindfuck" are an authentic Nuggets contenders, the vibe of a strobe-lit acid-drenched Haight-Ashbury party with bonus distortion; while "It's About Being Free Really" adds some near-catchy pop to the mind-melting mix. "Silenced" invokes the band's namesake, alternate universe early Stones on acid. And "#1 Lucky Kitty," if not exactly melodic, adds a haunting, understated groove.
The music remains a little too raw and abrasive to attract new converts--2004's retrospective Tepid Peppermint Wonderland remains the benchmark introduction to the band's work--but for existing fans, it's a nice addition to the discography.
You can buy it on their website.
"The Real":"It's About Being Free Really":"Ineffable Mindfuck":"#1 Lucky Kitty":