Magic Castles and the Undying Influence of Brian Jonestown Massacre
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM
(Rendezvous) Brian Jonestown Massacre almost have become the Velvet Underground of 21st-century psych rock, in that legions of musicians who've heard them have gone out and formed bands similar in style to BJM. Mark down Magic Castles as another group that owes a bucketful of gratitude to Anton Newcombe and company. What that means is Magic Castles dip their toes into two of their mentor's main, acid-laced styles: mellow, tuneful strum-alongs and meandering amoeba rides to the center of your lava lamp. These they execute with poise, if not blinding distinctiveness. But then again, Brian Jonestown Massacre are essentially an artful amalgamation of myriad canonical '60s and '70s rock bands' elements, too. Ersatz all, folks. With Kingdom of the Holy Sun and Cabana.