Album Review: The Brian Jonestown Massacre – ‘Who Killed Sgt. Pepper’

Eleven albums in and Anton Newcombe still loves to hate

BJM leader [b]Anton Newcombe[/b] is the world’s angriest hippie, forever in thrall to the aesthetics of ’60s psychedelia but hardly a fan of peace and love, as a stormy band history attests. [b]‘Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?’[/b] is the ‘methodrone’ masters’ umpteenth exercise in narcotised dream-rock. Flitting between ambient sequences and army-of-guitars maelstroms, this 71-minute magnum opus was recorded in Berlin and Iceland, but loaded with rampant Anglophilia, evident in a [a]Joy Division[/a] homage and [b]John Lennon[/b] interview clips. [b]‘Someplace Else Unknown’[/b], meanwhile, captures Newcombe at his most malevolent. [i]“I hate people,”[/i] he whispers, as the flowers in his hair turn black

[b]Niall O’Keeffe[/b]

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