As the Britpop scene started to sour for me in ’95-’96, two American bands nicely filled the void, Portland’s Dandy Warhols and San Francisco’s Brian Jonestown Massacre. I would end up writing a lot about both bands over the coming years, publishing two interviews with each band. This was before both bands were exposed to a much larger audience with the release of Dig!, the (in)famous documentary about both bands in 2004.
Brian Jonestown Massacre
I conducted two lengthy interviews with BJM front man Anton Newcombe. The first one was in 1998 when he group was signed to TVT Records and seemed poised to ‘break’. As you know, things didn’t quite go as planned but Anton never stopped working and by the time I interviewed him again in a Hollywood apartment in 2000, he was playing out with a new lineup that included members of the Warlocks like Bobby Hecksher, Hunter Crowley and Jeff Levitz. More than 15 years later, Anton has relocated to Berlin where he runs the A Recordings label, records bands in his studio and leads the best active rock ‘n’ roll band in the world. Below are the PDF scans of the ’98 and ’00 interviews, along with a Q&A I conducted with Anton about the supposed Dandy’s feud.
Anton Newcombe on the Dandy Warhols feud
The Dandy Warhols
I saw the Dandy Warhols play a TON when I lived in Boston in ’95-’00. They were always touring on their own and they were always touring as support to trendy Brit groups. I caught up with Courtney and Peter backstage at the Paradise Club in ’97 and Vendetta contributor Bryan Thomas later caught up with Courtney in 2000 for our second feature. Enjoy!