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Uranium Club
Live At Acri Taun

Uranium Club take Italy! The fast and hard Minneapolitans (really? apparently) with the(e) Oh Sees co-sign thrill Fidenza with forty minutes of tight post-punk. You'll wish you'd been there, and maybe if you buy this you can be! I have personally missed their Leeds show and I am FILLED with r...view item »

Damaged Bug
Cold Hot Plumbs

I guess this is as good a time as any to confess that I have never actually listened to a Thee Oh Sees record. Feels good to admit it. Please don’t take away my psych badge. I think we can all agree this little problem has never stopped me from comparing psych bands to Thee Oh Sees in the past. Da...view item »

Once & Future Band

Oakland based four-piece Once & Future Band originally released their Brain EP in 2014. After their debut full length they are back to writing, and in the meantime they have rereleased Brain to keep your appetite for the poppiest prog you will ever hear. They bring you the 70’s with a glorious pop shi...view item »

Thee Oh Sees
Mutilator Defeated At Last

Prolific Californian noisemakers Thee Oh Sees are back and thankfully sounding louder than ever: 2014’s ‘Drop’ was a comparatively mellow and varied offering following John Dwyer’s move from San Francisco to LA and his intention to take a “well deserved break”, making fans wonder if the days of heavy psych and...view item »

Prettiest Eyes

Latest LP Pools from Los Angeles based three-piece Prettiest Eyes. Their psych-rock sound is a little more menacing than their name suggests, packing a punch with elements of noise and industrial thrown in. These guys come recommended by John Dwyer of Oh Sees. Pools is out on LP or CD on Castle Face....view item »

Thee Oh Sees
Singles Collection Vol: 3

This seems to be a compilation of singles. The third one. I’m nothing if not perceptive! Here we have singles, rarities, covers, bits (and indeed bats) of stuff that are a lot easier to have all on one LP than to spend a fortune trying to get the originals... There is stuff from a split 7” with Turner prize nominated ...view item »

Thee Oh Sees

Hi. Below is some information regarding the new Oh Sees album - listen up. ‘Drop’ is a John Dwyer Oh Sees record, as with previous non-band outings like ‘Castlevania’ and such, yet it also sounds like a complete band outing which is reassuring. Sadly there’s no Brigid, no Petey (Dammit!) and no Mike whi...view item »

Live In San Francisco

Ty Segall! That man! He's back! Not that he went anywhere but over the last couple of years he's been busy getting all popular and adored. It's hard work. Anyway, he's continued his quest for musical infamy with a live Fuzz album out on Castleface, recorded on his birthday. He s...view item »

Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees really love ‘Fortress’ imagery don’t they? I’m sure this is the 3rd or 4th release associated with fortresses, always suggesting that John Dwyer’s garage-punk heroes are mounting a dramatic adventure. Lovely. The Fortress single is a stand-alone release recorde...view item »

Memory Of A Cut Off Head

Full disclosure: I don't really like Thee Oh Sees. I've heard they are a brilliant live band but their records hurt my ears and are too garagey and rocking and full of guitar tomfoolery for me to enjoy on a regular basis. So I'm probably not best placed to know how to fit this into their ever expanding catalogue of music that seems to increasing...view item »

Thee Oh Sees
Floating Coffin

We have a dilemma here at Norman Towers this week - do we award our coveted Album of the Week trophy to The Knife’s ambitious and sprawling new 3LP masterpiece or this latest offering from Californian garage rock overlords Thee Oh Sees? The notoriously prolific ...view item »


ORB land on your stereo from Australia, routed via California by John Dwyer’s superb Castle Face label. Naturality is some very fine mind-warped psyc...view item »

Of A Nature Or Degree

In this years incredible (but welcome) news, Manchester's Duds  - a band I described as simply 'ok' when I saw them live have now signed to John Dwyer's Castle Face. They update the short, sharp, shock of the likes of the Fire Engines and Josef K with jittery post punk moves and now sit alo...view item »

Flat Worms
Flat Worms

Flat Worms are the latest band of guitar-driven party noisemakers to be circulated by John Dwyer’s Castle Face label, and they’ve just delivered their debut full-length album. Flat Worms...view item »

Oh Sees

It was extremely important that they changed their name from Thee Oh Sees to Oh Sees, for you see… it… the… introducing Oh Sees, everybody! If I learned one thing from this week’s press release about the new Oh Sees album, it’s that they&...view item »

Kelley Stoltz
Que Aura

Right, I've just had a quick listen this after seeing the words Cleaners from Venus on the press release. It's true. It's actually true. There are moments here that sound like Cleaners From Venus particularly 'No Pepper For the Dustman' which has the exact same p...view item »

Thee Oh Sees
An Odd Entrances

Thee Oh Sees II: Still Seeing. On this companion piece, The Band With Two Drummers attempt to supplement their most recent and most fiery record with something like introspection, if not quite a facsimile of it. This record soaks in atmosphere in a way this band of perpetual motion miscreants would usually turn their nose up at -- we sa...view item »

Live In San Francisco

The Castle Face label manage to do Magnetix justice. Get a basement in San Francisco, ram it full of people and hit record. Not rocket science, but the resulting recordings encapsulates the frantic and sweaty energy the french duo are renowned for. Chunky, get up and yell garage rock. Get going. CD and LP on Castle Face....view item »


Third full length album from The I.L.Y’s, the experimental rock side project from Death Grips’ Zach Hill and Andy Morin and features Tristan Tozer (Drug Apartments) on guitar this time round. Incredibly catchy, open armed, and messy....view item »

Male Gaze
Miss Taken

Out on John Dwyer's Castle Face imprint here are a band who make the sort of lo-fi, in-the-red garage racket that you'd expect. The three protagonists have been rounded up from various punk bands to throw their energies into this six heeled outfit who have the pleasure of getting an impenetrable press release written by none other than Sir Henry...view item »

Damaged Bug
Bunker Funk

Castle Face founder and member of one of now’s biggest rawk bands John Dwyer is back from his latest studio cave to deliver a collection of softly wild scurrying songs with many electronics going haywire around him. All presented on a choice of black vinyl or a limited clear with multicoloured splatter version. Totally trippy, man. ...view item »

Thee Oh Sees
A Weird Exits

“Two drummers!!!” is pretty much my favourite thing to say ever. Everyone’s impressed: not only one loud thing that neighbours complain about, but two. Two! For ‘A Weird Exits’ Thee Oh Sees finally employ their twin drums on a record, with Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon playing as percussive equals (rather than the ki...view item »

Blank Square
Animal I

Blank Square make punk-music-gone-weird, engaging with the lessons of messed-up no wave and also pushing a saxophone to the front of their sound. Animal I is their debut record, and the deep and odd punk fans are going to go wild for it. Released, naturally enough, on ...view item »

Crack An Egg

POW! are gnarly synth-punks who manage to mix the gorgeous garage-throb of bands like Thee Oh Sees (whose main man John Dwyer is releasing this record via his Castle Face label) with bright and shiny synth melodies that maintain a strong sweet-pop backbone to the sound. Crack An Egg is ...view item »

Once & Future Band
Once & Future Band

Once & Future Band are a full-on throwback to the rich flavours of the great orchestral-prog-pop of the 1970’s. This self-titled debut of theirs sounds like a mash-up of all the nicest bits from all those bands, but performed with such love and skill that it all sounds new and fun. Nobody does this kind of music anymor...view item »

Feral Ohms
Live in San Francisco

Live In San Francisco is the live debut LP from Oakland band Feral Ohms. Sparks fly here as the Californian trio present their brand of raw, animalistic psychedelia in an explosive live setting. Expect rapid tempos, thunderous drums, bellowing vocals and virtuosic riffs. Released as Viny...view item »

Male Gaze
King Leer

Male Gaze are a band that has scooped up members of garage-punk groups to form a formidable roster: members of Mayyors, Blasted Canyons and The Mall are all here. Ki...view item »


Australian trio ORB land on John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees)’s Castle Face imprint to take the label’s garage-psych vibe in a slightly different direction. That gloriously tangible fuzz-sound is still present on Birth, but the music underneath it is closer to proggy hard-rock than ...view item »

Useless Eaters
Relaxing Death

Kind of like Thee Oh Sees if they were really fucking unhappy with the state of everything, Useless Eaters make a propulsive but I guess ultimately pretty nihilistic garage rock, filling in the bits they forgot to do as a band with drum machines and whirring synths. They may not have much fun making it, but I h...view item »

Thee Oh Sees
Live In San Francisco

Thee banner garage rawk band played the Chapel out in San Francisco, launching their happy-go-lucky psychedelia into a crowd of possibly stoned hopefuls. This extensive set is presented not only as audio but in DVD format with photos to boot. Musically, it scales more towards their propulsive, loud, noisy side -- but th...view item »

Zig Zags
Running Out Of Red

Zig Zags are a band still in love with old-school thrash metal, but instead of filtering it into some trendier new genre, they just follow their hearts and start headbanging. Running Out Of Red is classically gnarly and full of thick riffs: it literally rocks. Released on John Dwyer’s Castle Face ...view item »

Mountains and Rainbows

Mountains and Rainbows are a good-time Detroit band led by Matt Z, the drummer in Tyvek. They are one of those bands who become legendary on their local circuit, but aren’t fussed with spreading the word any further (th...view item »

Deep Throats
Good Bad Pretty

Deep Throats were an old San Francisco band with a heady garage rock sound. This release gathers up their final recordings, previously unheard by the public at large. Good Bad Pretty is released by Castle Face, the essential garage rock imprint of John O’Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, for...view item »

Synthetic ID

Synthetic ID are a punk band with a cold, anxious aesthetic: these songs sound like they are constantly looking over their shoulder to check for impending threats. Tight and sharp and excellent. Impulses is released by John O’Dwyer’s (of Thee Oh Sees) essential garage rock i...view item »

Live In San Francisco

Bronze’s playful electro-drone sounds great in the studio, but live is where their ferocious sound really makes sense. So thankfully Castle Face release Live In San Francisco, where the band’s unhinged blend of drone, primitive electronics and radiophonic pop are truly let loose. Ava...view item »


Heavy and avant-garde drone rock on the Castle Face label. On their self-titled album Sunwatchers make a dense and repetitive instrumental music that borrows from rock, free improv and minimalist composition to create something not much like any of those genres. It’s like a giant La Monte Young...view item »


John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees) continues to sniff out the highest-grade garage-rock / indie-pop for his Castle Face label: for the latest release, we have the debut full-length of LA band Feels. Everything you want from a grrl-fronted garage record, plus production from Ty Segall, wh...view item »

Kelley Stoltz
In Triangle Time

Kelly Stoltz has a slick hand for off-key indie pop, throwing out busily layered, craftily written, joyously performed numbers like it ain’t no thing. In Triangle Time he increases the synth quotient, but still keeps things close to the ground. Twelve fun tracks, out on John Dwyer’s energeti...view item »

Wake Up Applauding

Running play a kind of garage repeato-rock (of course they do, they are on John Dwyer’s Castle Face! The spiritual home of all such musics), but they might be the most overcranked-sounding garage band I’ve heard in some time. Wake Up Applauding is thick with distortion and reverb, with a for...view item »

Useless Eaters
Live in San Francisco

Useless Eaters’ entry into John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees) Castle Face label’s ongoing series Live In San Francisco delivers exactly what you want from a live garage punk show. All the best tracks from the band’s catalogue, but with extra lashings of mess, energy and sweat. ...view item »

The Space Lady / Burnt Ones

Ok so this is a split 12” between the Space Lady and Burnt Ones. They don’t play together  - let’s be clear on that.    So you know Space Lady. She’s that lady who played for ages on the streets on San Francisco and remained in obscurity until someone noticed her similarity to spac...view item »

Apprentice Destroyer
Glass Ceiling Universe

Glass Ceiling Universe is released on John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records, and although it shares aspects of its sound with the garage-punk of Thee Oh Sees and much of the label’s roster, Apprentice Destroyer sounds like a cosmic robot’s interpretation of that genre. Whic...view item »

The Fresh & Onlys
Early Years Anthology

On their never-ending journey to release as many albums as their are years before the sun explodes, The Fresh & Onlys encountered a side-quest and decided to also release some old music. Mr. Oh Sees’ Castle Face label offers up the literal tome ‘Early Years Anthology’, which offers songs from way back when -- thoug...view item »

The Blind Shake
Live in San Francisco

The Blind Shake played Live In San Francisco back in 2013, and, to all our delight, the recordings are now seeing the light of day as part of John Dwyer’s Castle Face label’s live series. Shaking, rocking, high-energy heavy hillbilly thrash. The recording sounds great, really transmitting th...view item »

Creeping Pink
Mirror Woods

Described by label boss John Dwyer as a cross between Silver Apples, Arthur Russell and Vangelis, Creeping Pink are initially a more difficult proposition than that might suggest. Please take care though -- don’t play at the wrong ...view item »

Fight Fire

Pow! have impressed us once before and I’m pretty sure they’re threatening to do it again by either fighting fire or writing an album about the hypotheticals of fighting fire. ‘Fight Fire’, as it’s called, is another record of warped humorist post-punk from a cavalcade of fools who seems to trade in black comedy, re...view item »

Jack Name
Weird Moons

Jack Name’s homemade pop ain’t pretty, and it ain’t quiet either; they aren't keping things down so as not to upset the neighbours, who have probably all but given up on stopping their DIY pals from doing it themselves. Following on from the equally chaotic and gleefully obnoxious ‘Light Show’, Name offers up &...view item »

Bangers Vs Fuckers

Due to the excellent title, new lo-fi punk blues stars Coachwhips are up first with the terrific racket that is presumably their debut, 'Bangers Vs Fuckers'. Fuckin' excellent is this. Sort of like a psychotic White Stripes being fed through a blender by Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes. Fuzzy, catchy &a...view item »

Destruction Unit
Live in San Francisco

If John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees likes it, so should you… Destruction Unit’s Live In San Francisco is out on Dwyer’s very own Castle Face label, and the record sounds as furious and pulverising as the album cover and the band name suggest. Blasted live action from these Arizona psych-pun...view item »

Cigarette Machine

It’s no-frills Friday here at Norman, and if you can find a gruff punk groaning into their microphone, a few cigs burnt to a crisp underfoot, you can try it at home! Just make sure you’re supervised by an adult, because this shit’s grim: Ex-Cult are the offenders, offering a smattering of early-era hardcore tinged with the more...view item »

Useless Eaters
Bleeding Moon

Having already put out a crapload of singles, EPs and LPs on all sorts of labels, garage rock prodigy Seth Sutton's Useless Eaters find their way onto thee mighty Castle Face for album number five, 'Bleeding Moon'. I tried to look them up on wikipedia but I guess they don't have a page on there yet because it took me straight to a glossary of Na...view item »

Icky Boyfriends
Live in San Francisco

Icky Boyfriends might not to be everyone’s taste with their songs about spermicide and dental dams, but there is more to them than that. They certainly are loud, raucous, and rocking. Scuzzy heroes of the San Francisco freak scene, this live album captures their iconic sound. On vinyl and CD.  ...view item »

Get Ya Body Next To Mine

Crap Coachwhips anecdote - my old band Brown Owl once played a show/gig with Coachwhips at the Fenton in Leeds (once home to the most hilarious John Peel tribute mural I've ever seen). This guy promoting the show/gig turns up with a case of 24 cans of Carling for the band. I think to myself "24 cans of Carling for a premium garage roc...view item »

Live in San Francisco

Castle Face Records presents the latest installment of the Live in San Francisco series, courtesy of OBN III’s (Tic Tac Totally, 12XU, Matador). “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s this: Don’t buy drugs from strangers on the street while wasted. A simple yet effective rule. Evidently no on...view item »

Dan Melchior und das Menace

Dan Melchior is back...kind of. 'Hunger' is a collection of unreleased recordings recorded between 2008 and 2011, but don't worry, it's way too good to just be dismissed as an odds and sods anthology. Melchior's brand of unpredictable and often anarchic experimental pop is a hard one to describe because he flits around between genres so much, ...view item »

Thee Oh Sees
Singles Vol 1 and 2

Right. without a doubt these guys (& gal) are one of the most exciting, wired, bad-ass bands on the planet right now. I've seen them live & was loads more ecstatic & sweaty by the end of their set than a man my age has any right to be! True heirs to many rock thrones, they delight in throwing around genres till they reach a bruised, ...view item »

White Fence
Cyclops Reap

One of those names I’ve seen about for ages yet never heard. Despite my employ in a record emporium, its very easy to miss out on loads of great stuff if you are looking the other way, which I normally am, at a tree or the viaduct. This is the latest album in the lifetime of Tim (no relation to Elvis or Reg) Presley and its a lovely surpri...view item »

Damaged Bug
Hubba Bubba

There’s plenty of reason to admire Mr. Dwyer. He’s smoking the best weed, has the best backing band (Thee Oh Sees), has an awesome label, the best guitars, all the Death By Audio pedals he could dream of, he even has a frickin’...view item »

LA Machine
Phases & Repetition

I don’t hear phaser on drums as often as I’d like. I don’t know why it’s not common practice ‘cause it sounds sick. ‘Phases & Repetition’ starts with phased drums and a dub heavy Can groove possessing with it the promise of a classic from the outset. LA Machine don’t e...view item »

White Fence
Live in San Francisco

Having recently been to a live concert I can vouch for the excitement they provide. Certainly more thrilling, if less comfortable, than sitting in front of an electric fire of an evening. White Fence recently rocked San Francisco to its core and there to record it on his trusty Tascam was John Dwyer, leavin...view item »

Blind Shake
Key To A False Door

Rattling riff rock from these Minneapolis -raised garage stompers who have recently toured with Thee Oh Sees and collaborated with psych guitar legend Michael Yonkers as well as John Reis. From the sound of these storming, blustery bl...view item »

Hands On The Controls

Garage rock fans will be happy about this one - Castle Face have just pressed the first Coachwhips album ‘Hands On The Controls’ onto vinyl for the first time ever, and thrown six unreleased tracks in to sweeten the deal. That’s 25 songs on a single LP. ...view item »

The Herms
Drop Out Vol:1

Here we have a collection of demos, rarities and general oddities from The Herms, a ramshackle bunch of lads that make the strangest of lo-fi garage pop with a surreal edge. I'm always amazed at how a lot of these garage rock/pop bands sound so old, like they've stepped into a time machine and recorded their album back in 1975, I guess The Herms...view item »

The Mallard
Finding Meaning In Deference

The press release for ‘Finding Meaning In Deference’ is a bit of a downer as it announces the split of The Mallard, a band that, in my opinion had a lot of potential. Fortunately ‘Finding Meaning In Deference’ is an outstanding swan song that sees Greer McGettrick and Co. (I have no idea who is currently playing the group...view item »

Thee Oh Sees
Moon Sick

This is a great listen for anyone interested in John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees early work. Even though these song have lo fi production they show John Dwyer's songwriting talent. It start with first track "Grown In A Graveyard" which starts with spooky synths and a steady drum beat. They also feature John Dwyers spooky guitars. This is followed by ...view item »