25 Mar

Revolt of the Apes’ interview with the Brian Jonestown Massacre is up now at the official Austin Psych Fest 2014 website. It’s hard to express just how incredible it feels to be able to type the previous sentence – we’ve been listening to the BJM for about twenty years now, and remain just as intrigued as the day we first heard them. Our BJM pin never, ever leaves our jacket lapel.

Read the entire interview here, and look for the complete text to show up here in the very near future. Here’s an excerpt:

What is your earliest musical memory, or perhaps, the first time you can remember being personally moved by music in a way that had a long-term impact on you and your life? Do you believe that you were destined to live a musical life? If not making music with the Brian Jonestown Massacre, have you ever considered what the focus of your life would then be?

My mom use to play music around the house and my baby sitter would as well. My older sister even loved and had great taste in music. Various family members would send gifts of money for holidays and birthdays and by the time I was two and a half, I had my own Mickey Mouse record player in my room, I take it because it was unnerving for a toddler to be using my mom’s stereo. I was born in 1967 and she was in her early twenties, so she had an awesome collection of some great records of that era, including the great middle period of The Beatles. I took most of the good stuff to my room and would play Simon and Garfunkel until i slept. My actual love of music grew from that kind of stuff, and buying albums with my mom, to stealing my older sisters’ albums as punk and new wave came about.

I had no idea I could actually play music in a band or anything until I was a teenager with my friends. I really felt like the punk people were idiots and that was empowering to me; I mean, when you watch someone like Paul McCartney play something perfect on TV or jimmy page or whatever, there’s nothing they do or did that shows you as a child you can ever do it, because you can’t – they’re unique … but the garage and folk thing is something else. Music by the people for the people and I was inspired by and built on that, I think.


Revolt of the Apes is pleased, stoked and chuffed to support Austin Psych Fest 2014 through a series of interviews with many of the artists involved, answering the kind of ridiculous questions you’ve come to know and – maybe – love. Many more coming soon.



  1. William Sol March 26, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    Enjoyed this interview a lot, I’ll have to check out that duet.

  2. kevin77gill September 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    Reblogged this on kgill0060.

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