Matt Kiernan / News Editor
The psychedelic experience of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Asteroid No. 4 was performed at the Pearl Street Night Club in Northampton, Mass. where fans were able to see the reuniting of some original members of the Massacre band.
Leader since the beginnings of the band, Anton Newcombe was accompanied by guitarist Matt Hollywood and tambourine player Joel Gion who tour with Massacre when time allows.
Hollywood and Gion seemed to have not forgotten their old songs they helped to write during the 1990s as they played with ease, even with the new songs Newcombe wrote after they left the band.
Hollywood and Gion originally left the band in the late 1990s when Hollywood got into a physical fight with Newcombe and Gion felt the band couldn’t be taken further as seen on the 2003 released documentary Dig!
The documentary followed Massacre and their rivals the Dandy Warhols over several years and showed the loss of friendship between the two bands and eventual destruction of the original lineup of the Massacre.
“Servo”, “When Jokers Attack” and “Nevertheless” were highlights of their performance and Massacre even included songs from the shoegaze days of their first 1995 album Methodrone including “That Girl Suicide”. A collective “woo” sound filled the room when “That Girl Suicide” reached the ears of ecstatic fans.
Hypnotizing guitars paired with Gion’s dance and tambourine shaking in front of the microphone provided psychedelic jams with a ‘60s feel where fans slipped into peaceful head nodding of approval.
The concert was either helped or worsened by the fact that Massacre and Asteroid decided to drink onstage including beer and from a bottle of Jim Beam in between songs. Gion showed love for the audience by saluting them with his bottle every time he took a sip.
Massacre’s buddies of the Asteroid No. 4 group gave a strong performance that was very similar to sound that the members of Massacre strive for.
While performing psychedelic and 1960s feeling songs, they seem to lack the originality and strength that Newcombe and the other members of Massacre have when writing songs.
Asteroid’s performance included a light show and background of various things such as passing cars and dancing fairies.
Both theatrics did well to set a mood in the club along with their “nod your head” music.