Dream Machine said shitty stuff, dropped from John Dwyer’s label
Castle Face Records, the label co-founded by John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, posted the following statement:
We've recently been made aware of some ugly opinions Matthew and Doris Melton of Dream Machine gave in a recent interview in Still In Rock, as part of the promotion for their Castle Face LP that came out last month. Castle Face does not agree with the statements on ICE, immigration, feminism, and sexual assault and they are in no way representative of Castle Face or the other artists on the label. While we can't do much about this record that's just last month come out, or the 5 or so before it, we will not be working with them again. As independent record label runners, band members, and generally busy humans ourselves, we don't always pore over everything that's written about us or the artists on the label, and I posted this story to Facebook myself without reading the whole thing, and boy do I regret it now. Both John and I are appalled. We've urged them to make a statement, but it's no longer our prerogative to be financing, promoting, and endorsing their music any more than we already have. For our part we're going to find a decent charity to donate our end of the profits from the record to, though something tells me this won't exactly send it flying off the shelves. Peace love and respect to all humans, refugees, and victims of violence - we're horrified and ashamed by this and we appreciate people being upset but respectful in letting us know how they felt about it.
- Matt Jones - Castle Face Records
Dream Machine, who premiered a video on BrooklynVegan in February, is the new project of Matthew Melton of Warm Soda, Bare Wires, and Pleasers. We've been fans of all of his projects at BrooklynVegan and are as surprised as Castle Face by this unfortunate development.
Speaking of John Dwyer, you can hear him (and Ty Segall) on the new release by Earth Girl Helen Brown.