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Brian Jonestown Massacre man Matthew Tow to release fourth album of radiant, ethereal psychedelia as The Lovetones

posted Feb 9, 2009, 2:00 PM by Vu Nguyen
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February 9th, 2009


Brian Jonestown Massacre man Matthew Tow to release fourth album of radiant, ethereal psychedelia as The Lovetones.  Grab the album’s lead single “Journeyman” right HERE.


“...glorious psychedelic-pop wave… A trip from start to finish” – Rolling Stone


The Lovetones released their debut album, Be What You Want in 2002 through Bomp! Records, creating a palpable buzz amongst critics from the likes of Creem and Rolling Stone magazine. The latter hailed mainman Matthew J Tow’s songwriting worthy of Ray Davies, Bowie, Lennon and McCartney: a bold statement, yet in his case, completely justified.


After enjoying the critical success of Be What You Want, touring Australia extensively and even supporting Morrissey during his first ever solo Australian tour, Tow joined The Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2003 and contributed two brilliant tracks to their sonic mastery, ...And This Is Our Music. Tow’s opening track “Starcleaner” later also appeared on the The Brian Jonestown Massacre retrospective Tepid Peppermint Wonderland. In the same year, UK based Fire Records invited The Lovetones to contribute to the James Joyce Chamber Music project alongside Mercury Rev, Sonic Youth and REM’s Peter Buck. 2004 saw the release of the Stars EP, coinciding with The Lovetones supporting The Brian Jonestown Massacre on their infamous and now legendary tour of Australia.


The second album Meditations was released through New York’s Tee Pee Records in late 2005, revealing a stunning development in Tow’s songwriting and providing a soundscape of radiant pop, ethereal psychedelia and truly remarkable vocal melodies that arched for the stars. Soulful and sincere, Meditations nodded gently and respectfully to the pop masters of the sixties whilst never lacking in original vision.


Returning from triumphant shows in the US in late 2005 and also at SXSW 2006, The Lovetones toured to support Meditations’ Australian release in May 2006. June 2006 saw The Lovetones complete a crazed European tour across 12 countries with The Brian Jonestown Massacre in support of Meditations’ release there through Tee Pee/Cargo Records, culminating in a rave album review in respected UK magazine Uncut.


The Lovetones also managed to record their third album Axiom during 2006 with fervent sessions split between Figment Studios in Hollywood and the Sydney Opera House Recording Studio. More extensive touring in the US and Australia followed.


Released in Australia in November 2008 and now set for a stateside release in February 2009, Dimensions is The Lovetones’ fourth studio album and the latest chapter in the indie psychedelic pop legacy of frontman Matthew Tow, who remains one of Australia’s most underrated songwriters. The album was recorded in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, mixed in Los Angeles by Rob Campanella (Brian Jonestown Massacre, Quarter After, Black Angels) and mastered by William Bowden (one of Australia’s finest mastering engineers).


Artist: The Lovetones

Title: Dimensions

Label: Planting Seeds Records

Release Date: February 24th, 2009



01. Moonlit Suite (Her Room)

02. Journeyman (MP3)

03. Two of a Kind

04. Look at the Waves

05. Memory Lane

06. A New Low in Getting High

07. Love and Redemption

08. There is no Sound

09. Song to Humanity

10. When it Comes

11. Journeyman (Anton Newcombe Remix)


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The Lovetones In The Press


“...heart-tugging piece of pop bliss...a grandiose crescendo of Bowie-esque proportions.... ‘60s psychedelia...” – Harp


“...a pleasant listening experience... electric and acoustic guitar and keyboard textures recall early Pink Floyd on ‘Genius’...” – All Music Guide


“...pastoral moments of The Pretty ThingsSF Sorrow...recalls The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.” – Uncut


“...a glorious psychedelic-pop wave...every bit as wondrous as not just their contemporaries but their shoe-gazing heroes. A trip from start to finish” – Rolling Stone


“...beautiful songs with infectious hooks, gorgeous melodies... an album of classics Beatles and Bowie fans will adore.” – Daily Telegraph (UK)


“ of the best pop albums I’ve ever heard...a smooth rocking groove and some heartfelt lyrics... cross-culturally groovy...strongly crafted pop songs...” – Creem (UK)


“...the perfect pop synthesis of Beatles-influenced psychedelic melodies and modern grooves... a penchant for soulful lyrics and romantic tunes... a full prism of colors and moods enroute. Recommended.” – Sentimentalist


“...filled with the kind of textural, psychedelic-tinged sounds... recall Squeeze with its octave-separated vocal catchy as pop music gets...Good stuff, this!” – Shindig


“...catchy Britpop tunes, many steeped in 1960’s psychedelica, it tastes good.” – The Weekend Australian


“...a sensational pop record, a beautiful collection of concise, powerful songs.” – Impress


“...a rich collage of dynamic rock, heady harmonies and snarling sixties soul, and another interesting piece in the evolving jig-saw that is Matthew J Tow.” – Filmink