OBN IIIs – Live in San Francisco

Now that is an album cover. Wide eyes, mid-snarl, sweat dripping down, grabbing a mic-stand like a set of hips mid-orgasm; what an excellent picture of the raw energy that is a live concert. The OBN IIIs are a garage rock band out of Austin, Texas who were featured as a part of Castle Face…

Icky Boyfriends – Live in San Francisco

The Live in San Francisco series by Castle Face Records features garage rock bands picked and curated by label owner John Dwyer. Contrary to the psychedelic offerings that are the forte of Castle Face, the Live acts are typically loud, fast, and abrasive old school-flavored garage rock with plenty of swearing and irreverency. As of…

Dan Melchior und Das Menace – Hunger

Dan Melchior is on Castle Face Records, which pretty much says everything that a prospective listener needs to know. Hunger is a compilation of sorts that contains various unreleased and obscure back catalogue works by Melchior, the proceeds of which go to funding the cancer treatment of Melchior’s wife. Castle Face Records owner, manager, and…

Zulus – Zulus II

Zulus are a Brooklyn three-piece that “attempt[ed to be] a pop band… [but] have since proven clearly unable to write pop songs.”1 Zulus II is their sophomore (naturally) release playing the unique form of hardcore punk and garage rock mix that’s been popular the last decade. It’s out on New Jersey label Aagoo Records, whose…

The Black Keys – El Camino

Those who view El Camino as a radical departure from The Black Keys’ signature blend of garage and blues for something in the realm of “pop music” are missing the writing on the walls. Brothers flirted with non-blues spectacle, hook-laden riffs, and plenty of keyboards; Attack and Release featured Danger Mouse as producer for the…

The Traps – Boom Pow Awesome Wow

The Traps’ brief existence is captured here by Castle Face Records’ founder and creative force John Dwyer. As with most Castle Face releases, Boom Pow Awesome Wow is punk-influenced garage rock that’s redlined so hard it’s maroon. The album consists of the entirety of The Traps’ recordings: the first six from a CD-R EP, the…