CASTLE FACE RECORDS: IRREGULAR ORBITS
CASTLE FACE RECORDS is one of the hottest imprints in the world right now. Helmed by Thee Oh Sees’ inimitable flag bearer John Dwyer, along with fellow Californians Matt Jones and Brian Lee Hughes, the label have issued intergalactic cuts from the likes of White Fence, Warm Soda, POW!, Feels, Ty Segall, Useless Eaters, The Blind Shake, Fresh & Onlys… and some. 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 fall. Castle Face’s Matt Jones gave us the following snippets 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.”
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.”
Castle Face’s IRREGULAR ORBITS spread will also feature:
+ Castle Face Sound System – presented by Castle Face and Bad Vibrations this sound system will chart the label’s past, present and future with heavy cuts from the Castle Face vaults along with their hottest fancies. All expertly knitted together by London psych-aficionados Bad Vibrations between the groups throughout Irregular Orbits.
+ High Castle Innerstrings Psychedelic Light Show – a bespoke, one-off oil-wheel-meets-glitched-out-video-feedback psychedelic light show by the ever imperious Innerstrings. Expect our Camp warehouse to be shifted and blitzed beyond recognition.
+ Musings In Drone – Castle Face’s Matt Jones, who helms the label along with his good friend John Dwyer, will hit the Musings In Drone sofa to talk about the label’s journey from the Californian underground to one of the world’s leading off-kilter imprints. Expect guests from the Castle Face roster and given this takes place the night after the label’s five band curation the night before, it could be, er, loose.
+ Castle Face Rad Rack + Signing Session – Our onsite record store A Psychedelic World Of Wax Wonders with Dig Vinyl are working with Castle Face in advance of the festival to put together a stock of the choicest selection of the label’s vinyl cuts for the weekend. And following Musings In Drone, Matt and some of the label’s groups will be on hand to press the flesh and write humorous sharpie scribbles on your vinyl purchases, should you so wish.