John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records to present IRREGULAR ORBITS – the label’s first ever curated festival stage at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. Featuring ONCE & FUTURE BAND, SUNWATCHERS, MALE GAZE, MAGNETIX + DUDS
Helmed by Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer, along with fellow Californians Matt Jones and Brian Lee Hughes, Castle Face Records have issued music from the likes of White Fence, Warm Soda, POW!, Feels, Ty Segall, Useless Eaters, The Blind Shake, Fresh & Onlys…and more. Plus, there’s the small matter of Thee Oh Sees’ ever-expanding catalogue.
For Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2017 the label present IRREGULAR ORBITS – their first ever curated festival stage. The stage will feature some of the finest groups on their roster – with an insight into what the label has in store heading into the Autumn – plus Castle Face DJs and a host of Castle Face frolics across the festival programme to be announced over the coming months.
Matt Jones gave us the following titbits of info on the groups they have lined up for IRREGULAR ORBITS:
Once & Future Band – “If we are lucky enough to have a Dark Side of the Moon-style prog grand opus for our generation, I nominate Once & Future Band’s self-titled debut. They are just that good, that grand. Like watching wizards battle over who can write the best bridge.”
Sunwatchers – “Psych/jazz/freeform freakniks that dropped a great disc on us early last year. From a hall of mirrors psych-like repetition to tendrils of free jazz, but always with an exotic edge no doubt helped along by the occasional surfacing of electric phin and Ethiopiques-esqe alto spice, which frankly kinda seals the deal for me.”
Male Gaze – “There is no easier task than describing your own band! Gothly sung, feedback stung, Modern English meets Big Muff… Male Gaze is a loud and fuzzy pop band with a tendency to thrash behind my passable Ian Curtis impression rather than brood or jangle.”
Magnetix – “’The butchest band in Bordeaux’, as John Dwyer so eloquently put it. Looch and Aggie bring an inimitable gallic swagger to their two-piece fuzz-manic whomp. Looch is a towering, slavering rock n roll animal in person and when I heard he was recently hit by a car, I worried more about the car. Aggie could chew you up and spit you out with one hand still hitting the snare…as if she could be bothered to!”
Duds – “Post-punk perfection so far delivered in 7” doses, Duds have a full length for us coming out in September. Sharp lads with a great monotone delivery, a great jittery bounce, and tension you can cut with a knife (or a Telecaster). Marc Riley actually sent them our way and we’re very happy to be working with them.”
Liverpool Psych Fest is a two-day happening, held over the weekend of 22 + 23 September 2017 within the warehouses and recesses of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. The festival site contains four performance spaces, housed in complex of warehouses across Camp and Furnace, Blade Factory and District. Also in the planning stages is a wide expansion of the PZYK Gallery and Village – which were successfully introduced in 2014 – on Greenland Street and Flint Street, plus the festival’s trademark world of scintillating artist curation from across the PZYK cosmos, DJs, label curations, installations and audiovisual explorations.
The festival site is a 10-15 minute walk from the city centre, and is served by buses 103 (nearest stop on Park Lane) and 82 (nearest stop on Great George Street). The main bus station at Liverpool ONE (Paradise Street) is a 15-minute walk away.
Train stations Liverpool Central and Brunswick (on the Northern Line), and Liverpool James Street (on the Wirral Line loop) are all approximately 15-20 minutes walk away.
The easiest way to get to the festival site is by foot or by car/taxi. There are also plenty of Hackney cabs operating in Liverpool city centre.