The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American psychedelic rock band formed in San Francisco in 1990 and led by frontman Anton Newcombe.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre began as a shoegaze group in San Francisco in 1990. After their debut and sophomore albums, the group quickly turned to a broader style of psychedelic rock, incorporating folk rock and, later, electronica influences. The name “Brian Jonestown Massacre” is a portmanteau of The Rolling Stones’ founder and guitarist Brian Jones and the infamous mass cult suicide in Jonestown, Guyana.
The band have gained media notoriety for their tumultuous working relationships and the drug addiction of their leader, Anton Newcombe.