Photos by Tess Parks
We’re psyched to welcome Real Estate bassist and his band of Freaks back to Toronto on April 29 at the Silver Dollar. The night will also feature performances by The Auras and Tess Parks & the Good People along with Dog Gone DJs. Ticket information will be posted next week. As usual, we’ll also be giving away a few pairs of tickets so be sure to follow along on the Twitter and the Facebook.
Since 2008, Richard Gibson and his brother Robert have quietly been operating the underground Toronto-based psych label Optical Sounds. A genuine individual who’s passion for music seeps from his pores, Richard has forged a scene–largely centered around the Kensington Market bar The Embassy–that recalls the prime of the psychedelic heyday.
Home to many of the city’s finest psych and shoegaze bands, Optical Sounds brings together the kind of artists who self release their material, but wave a collective flag and gig constantly around town with one another. A musical collective in its truest sense.
Earlier this week, Optical Sounds released Psych Pop Vol. 2, a compilation featuring songs from artists on the label along with some that are part of its extended family. You can hear the compilation for free via Bandcamp or streaming below. You can also see many of these bands performing live this Saturday night at the compilation release party taking place at The Great Hall.
Richard was kind enough to take a bit of time to chat with us about the label, himself and the new compilation. Read on for the full conversation after the jump.
A long time ago, My Bloody Valentine made a record called Loveless. It was released on, and subsequently led into bankruptcy, the legendary Creation Records label—purveyor of the finest in shoegazing noise pop and the like. But that was a long time ago.
After the dissolution of Creation, its co-founder Alan McGee strayed from the musical world, later announcing his complete retirement from music management. For years after he remained silent, although rumblings of new activity came and went. Well, those rumblings can now be confirmed, as McGee has announced the start of a new label, 359 Records, as well as the first six that will be signed. We’re super excited that Tess Parks, who will be performing our show this Tuesday, July 9, will be one of these first six artists. According to McGee:
“So our first batch of six signings are as follows. A 15-year-old kid from Doncaster who loves Bob Dylan, by the name of John Lennon McCullagh. A 44-year-old ex-rock star who now writes beautiful ballads for his band Gun Club Cemetery. A Canadian photographer Tess Parks, who’s modelled in Dazed And Confused, who writes truly dark, haunting songs. Chris Grant is a Scouser and Pete MacLeod is a Glaswegian – they both write songs with such passion and conviction, it hurts. Mineral are a French electronic band who are truly indefinable – although one of them is from Dublin. They will all have albums out by the end of November this year.”
You can read the full message over at McGee’s website.
Tess pulled herself away from the studio for a brief moment to answer a few of our questions about the signing. Catch her on Tuesday with her band The Good People at Parts and Labour in Toronto. You can win a pair of tickets by commenting below with your favorite Creation Records-era song. RSVP for the show here.
This month’s mix, now available in multi and single track formats. Download or stream below.
Dog Gone Blog June 2013 Mix
01. Relatively Clean Rivers – Hello Sunshine
02. Sunforest – Magician in the Mountain
03. Buffy St. Marie – Better Find Out For Yourself
04. Ahmad Zahir – Che Kelaf Sar Zad Az Mah
05. White Fence – Chairs In The Dark
06. Quilt – Open Eyes
07. The British North America Act – Baby Jane Days and Nights
08. Elephant Stone – Sally Go Round The Sun
09. Sudden Death of Stars – – Free & Easy
10. The Auras – Desert Dream (Nothing Is Real)
11. Tess Parks – Life Is But A Dream
12. Silver Apples – Oscillations
13. Deerhunter – Blue Agent
14. Popol Vuh – In Deine Ha¨nde
15. Mazhar ve Fuat – Adımız Miskindir Bizim
16. Brian Jonestown Massacre – Anenome
17. Goat – Run To Your Mama
18. Worthless – Fabrosaurus Freakout
19. Angus MacLise – Shortwave-India
20. Acid Mothers Temple – Message from Outer Space