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Anton Alfred Newcombe (born August 29, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and founder of the music group The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Anton Newcombe
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Anton Newcombe performing with BJM
Background information
Birth nameAnton Alfred Newcombe
Born (1967-08-29) August 29, 1967 (age 52)
OriginNewport Beach, California, United States
GenresPsychedelic rock, experimental, anti-folk, shoegazing, folk
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, upright bass, sitar, tambura, keyboards, piano, accordion, drums, cello, koto, samisen, mandolin, lute, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, harmonica, flute[1]
Years active1990–present
LabelsBomp! Records, TVT Records, Tee Pee Records, A Records, 12 Tónar

He was the subject of the 2004 documentary film Dig!, along with Portland, Oregon alternative rock band The Dandy Warhols.



Besides his own group, Newcombe has worked with a number of bands, most notably The Dandy Warhols, The High Dials, The Manvils, Innaway, and The Quarter After. He recorded and produced Dead Meadow's album Got Live if You Want It, and has recorded a cover of Ewan MacColl's song 'Dirty Old Town' with Lorraine Leckie on her 2008 album Four Cold Angels.

The Brian Jonestown MassacreEdit

Newcombe founded The Brian Jonestown Massacre in San Francisco, California in 1990.[2] Core members in the early years included Matt Hollywood, Jeffrey Davies, Joel Gion, Travis Threlkel, Peter Hayes (BRMC), Patrick Straczek, Ricky Maymi, Brian Glaze, Elise Dye and Dean Taylor, though the line up was subject to frequent changes. Newcombe wrote the majority of songs, with Hollywood collaborating or contributing others on occasion until his departure in 1998, whereupon Newcombe's name became almost synonymous with the BJM. Newcombe was also heavily involved in the post-production of his albums, often engineering and mixing them on his own. A prolific artist, he authored over 150 songs in a fifteen-year period.[3]

The Committee to Keep Music EvilEdit

Newcombe founded his own record label which has released albums by The Brian Jonestown Massacre (Bravery, Repetition and Noise and the re-release of Spacegirl and Other Favourites), The Lovetones' (Be What You Want), and Dead Meadow's (Got Live if You Want It). According to the official website, the purpose of the label is to "...release BJM music not available through other channels, and to record new bands which we will be producing from time to time, while pursuing the goal of making the world unsafe for rock and roll".[4] Many of the releases on this label are produced or engineered by Rob Campanella.

In 2016 he composed the soundtrack for British indie film Moon Dogs, directed by Philip John.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Part of his life is featured prominently in the documentary film Dig! which focuses on the tense relationship between The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols as both bands struggle for success. Newcombe has battled drug addiction, alcoholism and depression [6]. He lives in Berlin with his wife Katy and their son Wolfgang and actively works on his musical projects.[7]

In recent years, Anton has mostly worked from his own recording studio in Berlin, where he produced albums for other artists, including Dead Meadow[8] and remixed tracks for The Vacant Lots.[9]


  1. ^ "17 Great Multi-Instrumentalists". Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Brian Jonestown Massacre: World's Biggest Cult Band". Retrieved 9 May 2017.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Neo-Psych Out". Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  4. ^ "The Committee to Keep Music Evil/Bomp! Mailorder". n.d. Archived from the original on 19 July 2006. Retrieved July 25, 2006.
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  6. ^ "The Quietus - Features - A Quietus Interview - The Brian Jonestown Massacre: An Anton Newcombe Interview". The Quietus. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  7. ^ Newcombe is going to tour Australia with BJM at the end of 2015.
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