Matt Hollywood on Not Playing with BJM


One of the unique members of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Matt Hollywood was an influential component of the San Francisco neo-psychedelic rock band from 1990 to 1998, chargeable for favorites like “Oh Lord,” “Maybe Tomorrow,” and “Got My Eye on You,” amongst others.

Prolific, psyched-out, virtually unknown — to say that the Brian Jonestown Massacre have been the Velvet Underground of the ’90s is not any exaggeration, and the similarities do not cease at heroin, both. Both bands have been fronted by eccentric characters, noticed many lineups and evolutions all through their careers, and, oh, created among the finest music in historical past. At least for BJM, the story is not over but.

These days, Brian Jonestown Massacre is a style unto itself, partially chargeable for reinvigorating a mainstream appreciation for early storage rock and psychedelia. In different phrases, thank (or blame) BJM for bands like Tame Impala or Foxygen getting heard on the radio.

For Hollywood, 2015 has introduced quite a few sudden modifications. The singer and guitarist began a brand new band, Matt Hollywood and the Bad Feelings, and for an unexplained motive, Hollywood was not invited on the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s twenty fifth anniversary tour in New Zealand and Australia. Hollywood says he was fired however was by no means instructed why.

“I confirmed with their management that I’m not going, but other than that . . .,” Hollywood says from Atlanta. “I don’t know what to say about when you worked for years for somebody and they just decide to not even tell you that they don’t want you to go [on tour].”

We reached out to bandleader Anton Newcombe for remark, however his administration mentioned he was too busy to reply. Newcombe at present is touring Europe with doe-eyed Toronto musician Tess Parks in help of their album collectively, I Declare Nothing, however Hollywood doubts there would’ve have been scheduling conflicts with BJM’s tour this November.

This is not the primary time Newcombe and Hollywood have not seen eye-to-eye. Hollywood’s first departure from BJM adopted an onstage combat across the time Strung Out in Heaven (1998) was launched. The scene was famously depicted within the controversial 2004 documentary DiG!, which explored the friendship and stress between BJM and Portland band The Dandy Warhols. In truth, BJM’s “Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth” (itself a response to the Dandies’ “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth”) was written by Hollywood.

The film, created from greater than 2,500 hours of footage filmed over the course of seven years by Ondi Timoner, received the Documentary Grand Jury Prize on the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

But many concerned with the movie, together with Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor, mentioned it reveals a lopsided fact.

“I was shocked . . . ,” Newcombe posted in regards to the movie on his web site that yr. “Several years of our hard work was reduced, at best, to a series of punch-ups and mishaps taken out of context and, at worst, bold-faced lies and misrepresentation of fact . . . I accept that people will make up their own minds about this film when they see it . . . I just feel ripped off by the ‘lowest common denominator’ culture machine (something I don’t cater to).”

Hollywood formally returned to the band in 2009 however stored busy whereas he was away. During his decade-long absence, he was in quite a few bands, together with the Out Crowd, the Rebel Drones, and Magic Fingers with ex-Dandy Eric Hedford and Spike Keating, briefly a touring guitarist for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

In 2003, the Out Crowd launched Go On, Give a Damn, a easy, seven-track journey produced by Gregg Williams, who additionally labored with the the Dandy Warhols on their most iconic report, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia. The Out Crowd adopted up with Then I Saw the Holy City, that includes “Drugsick,” which has a definite Spiritualized vibe, however with Hollywood’s sultry, sleepy vocals. The Out Crowd toured with Dead Meadow and the Warlocks in addition to the Dandies.

Around the time the Out Crowd dissolved, Hollywood fronted the Rebel Drones in Portland, whose all-star forged included Jason Anchondo of the Warlocks, Collin Hegna of BJM/Federale, Peter Holmstrom of the Dandy Warhols, William Slater of Grails, and Dandy Lee Strickland of Reverends. Though among the Rebel Drones’ almost forgotten recordings by no means made it to an album, its drone was scrumptious and mind-expanding. Unfortunately, the Rebel Drones dissolved virtually as shortly as they’d fashioned.

“[The project] kinda lost momentum,” Hollywood says. “Almost everybody in the band had a lot of other things going on. And it eventually just got to the point where it wasn’t a priority for everybody.”

About a yr in the past, after Hollywood’s mom had a stroke, he moved to Atlanta to be nearer to her in Florida. He says he needed to be “somewhere where I’d be able to find work and work on music and stuff but still be close enough to get down there in an emergency.”

There, he fashioned Matt Hollywood and the Bad Feelings with Dandy Lee Stickland on vocals and guitar, his brother Daniel Strickland on bass, Taylor Wynn on guitar, Corey Pallon on drums, and Asha Lakra singing and on tambourine.

The Bad Feelings have solely been round for a number of months — their first-ever efficiency was at Austin Psych Fest in May. When we known as Hollywood, 42, he mentioned his band was making an attempt to supply a single obtainable for Digital obtain earlier than leaving on tour, however in any other case, there’s but to be any recorded music.

So what is going to a Bad Feelings set entail? Hollywood says it should embody some unreleased tunes by the Rebel Drones, some Out Crowd stuff, in addition to solely new songs.

“The sound is trying to go for something a little more stripped down, with less effects,” Hollywood says. “I’ve got a good group of people, so I’ve been doing a lot of improvisation, starting off with things that are kind of a sketch and seeing where we take it from there.”

Will there be any BJM songs? “Probably a few,” Hollywood says. “There’s a couple that seem to be unavoidable, I guess.”

Hollywood says he is dissatisfied by Anton Newcombe’s choice to not embody him on the tour (Hollywood’s tweet says all of it: “At least The Donald has the balls to tell people when they’re fired. I’ll see you some other time, Australia.”) however says he handled the previous few years in BJM as “just another job.”

“I’ll miss hanging out with the other guys in the band and, you know, going out and giving the fans what they want,” Hollywood says, describing Newcombe’s writing course of as uninviting, to say the least. “It’s been years since anyone besides Anton really has been allowed to make any contribution to the music or the albums . . . it’s disappointing to not have even been told that there was [a tour] in the works, but on the other hand, I can’t say I’m really that upset about it. I’ve got other things going on.”

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