It’s time to get super-excited! Castle Face Records – the good people who put out records by garage-psych supremos Oh Sees and many others – have announced details of package tour that’s going to hit the UK like a slap in the head.

Talk about getting more bang for your buck! Hitting these shores in March, Castlemania – for that is the name of the package tour – will call in at Manchester and London and will bring the house down at The Albert Hall and the Troxy respectively.

Featuring Oh Sees, the package includes neo-proggers Once And Future Band, underground pop wunderkind-cum-laude Kelley Stoltz, those feedback-tipped missiles of love and boredom Flat Worms and the fuzzed-up goth pop stylings of Male Gaze. Blimey! That’s some line-up!

Having just changed their name from Thee Oh Sees to Oh Sees, the ever-restless rockers, led by John Dwyer, are about to release their 20th album, Memory Of A Cut Off Head – mere months after the release of the ripo-roaring rock’n’roll monster that is Orc.

Speaking to Gigwise, Dwyer explained the band’s work ethic saying: “I’m all about it. The more the merrier I think. I’d put out more if I could. And if I get any grief for it, it makes me wanna do it more. Any time they accuse me of being too productive, it makes me stronger!”

Certainly, the band’s two drummer approach left Gigwise editor Cai Trefor breathless at this summer’s Field Day: “Watching the two drummers play at exactly the same frenetic pace whilst almost spiritually vibrating off each other was as rock 'n' roll as it gets.

Meanwhile, the frontman, and core member, John Dwyer, has an entirely experimental approach to guitar borrowing ideas from the likes of Sonic Youth whilst also nodding to hardcore punk. His reverb soaked vocals felt anthemic and we witnessed a ruckus in the crowd and people were deliriously happy with a couple of guys even invading the stage towards the end.”

So there you have it. And it all takes place at:


01 – Manchester, The Albert Hall
02 – London, The Troxy