Do Look Back



Retro is as retro does and the Brian Jonestown Massacre ain’t nothing if it’s not retro. On their ninth (count ’em) CD, the Jonestown boys conjure up visions of Beggars Banquet-era Rolling Stones and a few other artists from those outrageously swinging ’60s. Emphasizing acoustic slide guitars, blaring harmonica, group handclaps and even some shakin’ tambourine, these art-punk archivists successfully revive a music that has long since been put to rest. Certainly, leader Anton Newcombe sings passionately in Jaggeresque style and, while the effect is totally derivative, the band is earnestly entertaining as it evokes his many musical heroes. On the song "Mansion in the Sky," Newcombe recalls both the mood and muse of a young Bobby Dylan filtered though Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 performance of "Richard Cory" with wholly evocative results. Folksy, bluesy and particularly understated, this EP contains only six songs and leaves one extremely hungry for more. While the psychotronic nature of the Massacre’s acid-flashback aesthetic relies on positive associations with classic music from days gone by, Bringing It All Back Home – Again is actually quite palpable taken on its own – i.e. contemporary – terms. Ultimately, this stuff is tough, uncompromising folk rock made by some very strange people who really care about what they’re doing. Still, with Mirranda Lee Richards’ haunting cameo vocal on "Reign On" and a positively eerie update of the Charles Manson composition "Arkansas," the Brian Jonestown Massacre happily turns six into nine one more time.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.