While doing promotional press for their latest record, The Illusion, Dream Machine’s husband and wife psych duo Matthew and Doris Melton, made some brow-raising comments during a chat with Still In Rock magazine.Oblivious to the interview’s controversial contents, Castle Face Records (owned in part by the Oh Sees’s John Dwyer) shared the article to their Facebook page to hype the record release, only to be met with backlash from some of the label’s supporters.
Subsequently, Castle Face Records part-owner Matt Jones released a statement and apology on behalf of the label. Jones and Dwyer are said to be”appalled” by the incident, and clarified that in the future Castle Face will no longer be” financing, promoting, and endorsing [Dream Machine’s] music.”
Highlights of the interview below:
The couple’s conversation with Still In Rock magazine was business as usual, until the pair was asked about their recent decision to relocate the band from Texas to the Netherlands, with Doris citing one of the pair’s reasons for leaving as:
“American musicians are getting increasingly politically correct and it started getting on our nerves.”
At that point, the conversation went from the Melton’s excitement for a new start in Europe, to somewhat of a rant of annoyances of the political correctness in America.
Pictured centered: Matthew and Doris Melton
On SXSW immigration regulations
Regarding musicians who play unofficial showcases, Matthew, a self-professed “red blooded American,” commented , “that’s part of what they agree to, to be able to come and play in the first place. So if they break the rules then I see deportation as a fair and just consequence”. To which Doris agreed by adding, ” ICE is just doing their job, and I’m glad they’re finally starting to work on deporting criminal illegal aliens too”.
Thoughts on safe spaces
Matthew: ” In The United States I think this is the worse problem. Safe spaces make people weak, and today people should be demanding Liberty not safety and comfort”.
Doris: “Something that pisses me off about the music world is that girls have mostly become lazy jellyfish and are starting these horrible feminist bands just to try and ‘show men what they got. The safe space mentality has made them weak. They don’t even know how to play their instruments! They’ll make songs about being ”sexually assaulted” or about how ”empowering” abortions are or some shit and it’s fucking retarded; they’re embarrassing themselves”. She follows by dismissing feminist music as “gender supremacy under the guise of equal rights”.–Ouch!
Profits from the Dream Machine’s The Illusion will be donated by Castle Face Records to a soon to be determined charity.