Earlier this year, the Brian Jonestown Massacre and its idealistic frontman Anton Newcombe released The Future Is Your Past, the band’s 20th studio record. And the psychedelic rockers recently performed some of the new songs as part of a splendid setlist at 9:30 Club.
Nalinee Darmrong was there to photograph the Brian Jonestown Massacre and openers Dot Dash!
On Sept. 18 at 9:30 Club, Brian Jonestown Massacre performed four songs from The Future Is Your Past as part of a 19-song setlist, spreading them throughout the show. Early, the band performed “Fudge” and followed it with “Do Rainbows Have Ends?” Later, BJM added “Your Mind Is My Cafe” and “The Mother of All Fuckers” to the set.
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BJM also played quite a few songs from 2022’s Fire Doesn’t Grow on Trees, opening with “#1 Lucky Kitty.”
It wasn’t all just new material, however. Anton and the band made room for some early releases. They dropped “That Girl Suicide” from Spacegirl and Other Favorites (1995) and “Anemone” from Their Satanic Majesties’ Second Request (1996) into the set.
As Far Out magazine said, “With their incredible performance, The BJM proved why they’re such an essential staple in the alternative scene. Not only does Newcombe know how to write a good song, but in a live setting, these songs translate beautifully. Even if you only know a handful of their tracks, seeing The Brian Jonestown Massacre live is sure to be a spectacular experience.”
DC hometown heroes Dot Dash opened the show. The band, led by frontman Terry Banks, most recently released an album, Madman in the Rain, in 2022. They have seven full-length albums in total, all published by Canadian label The Beautiful Music.
Here are some photos of Dot Dash opening the Brian Jonestown Massacre at 9:30 Club on Sept. 18, 2023. All pictures copyright and courtesy of Nalinee Darmrong.
Here are some photos of the Brian Jonestown Massacre headlining the 9:30 Club on Sept. 18, 2023. All pictures copyright and courtesy of Nalinee Darmrong.