Started in Chicago in 2009 as a way to release 7″s with perfect pop songs, this year Trouble in Mind have curated a stage at the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia set to occur September 27-28. Hailed by the Fest as a label “at the forefront of a blossoming global psych renaissance,” Trouble in Mind bring some of their most exciting artists to Liverpool, including Fuzz, The Limiñanas , Jacco Gardner, Maston, MMOSS, The Paperhead and The Resonars.
Tracks from Trouble in Mind artists performing at the Fest can be streamed on this playlist – more information on the Trouble in Mind artists playing below
LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PSYCHEDELIA are thrilled to unveil the first round of artists at this year’s festival with Ty Segall’s FUZZ, Liverpool’s own masked-masqueraders CLINIC, New York City’s PSYCHIC ILLS, and Chilean space cadets THE HOLYDRUG COUPLE heading up the initial announcement.
The festival will also feature a stage curated by the stunningly consistent TROUBLE IN MIND RECORDS, who will be making the trip across the Atlantic from Chicago, bringing a cohort of their artists along for the ride.
TROUBLE IN MIND is a record label out of Chicago, IL, founded in 2009 by Bill & Lisa Roe. Starting out with the focus on the 2 and a half minute pop song, the label has grown and mutated into a reflection of the Roe’s ever-evolving tastes. In their brains it all makes sense and we couldn’t agree more. Releases from Ty Segall, The Fresh & Onlys, The Limiñanas, Night Beats, Mikal Cronin, Jacco Gardner et al, have positioned the label at the forefront of a blossoming global psych renaissance. The label will curate a stage at this year’s festival, featuring a selection of artists from their roster, ably oiled with the sounds of DJ Psyched Alex.
As revealed in Spin’s cover feature on Ty Segall, Fuzz is the unholy, tinnitus-inducing, ferocious slab of doomy fuzzed-out rock & roll of Segall and Charlie Moonheart, of which the Active Listener says “both sides of this Fuzz single sound like they were recorded in 1969, right down to the thin snare sound.”
7″ A-Side “This Time I Got A Reason.”
The Liminanas deliver exhale two long drags of their patented dead-cool, Franc-o-phonic hook laden dreamy fuzz felt pop on their self-titled LP and the more recent second 7″ for Trouble in Mind. Get Bent praises that the band “come from an idea of a place that envelops Serge Gainsbourg, 60’s baroque AM radio pop, the Wall of Sound and brings it to flourish in the now.”
“Je suis un Go-Go Girl” from The Liminanas
Playing guitar, bass, drums, harpsichord, percussion and keyboards on Cabinet of Curiosities, Gardner manages to create a fully formed sonic world in mere minutes. Q praises, “Psychedelic but not far gone, Jacco and his band are…very compelling.”
“The Ballad of Little Jane” from Cabinet of Curiosities.
Maston mixes brass, woodwinds, organs and piano with haunting melodies and eerie guitar lines – the LP could be the soundtrack to Twin Peaks if David Lynch had set the stage in Malibu instead of the Northwest. Impose says, “he’s got the texture of Spector shaken among the western twang of Morricone.”
“Young Hearts” from Shadows
These guys are making the best music to come from New Hampshire in…ever? The psychedelic jam warriors deliver unexpected arrangements, classic recording sounds and psychic harmonies on this LP that the Boston Phoenix called an “aural mind-melt seance,” and Bullett claimed would make you want to “roll down a grassy hill, keep rolling forever.”
LP track “Another Dream.”
Three 18 year olds from Nashville turning out tracks that play like lost nuggets from 1968, The Paperhead’s LP was rightly-dubbed “paisley-powered psych” by Brooklyn Vegan and Mad Mackeral advises, “switch on the lava lamp, burn some incense, roll up a fat one and try for yourself.”
LP track “Back To Those Days.”
With one ear in the past & his eyes on the future, Matt Rendon is the one man hit machine behind the Resonars, writing and recording every instrument and singing every note all by his lonesome. Of the EP, Not Unloved says, “from the bubblegum ‘La la las’ of the intro to the intermittent, manic Keith Moon-style drum battery it’s relentlessly and irresistibly upbeat.”
“Long Long Thoughts” EP title track.
What started off as a fun idea in 2010 has turned into an annual release for TiM – the annual Record store Day 4-way covers split! For the uninitiated, each year, four TiM artsits are asked to pick a song they love (any song) and record a cover version to be compiled onto the limited Record Store Day release. All four artists on this year’s 4-way split will also be playing the TiM stage at the Fest in Liverpool. Dutch sensation Jacco Gardner starts off with “Always On My Mind” – a deep cut from British psych-pop genius Billy Nicholls. Tucson, AZ’s Resonars are no strangers to hooks and their amped-up take on Fairport Convention’s “It’s Alright Ma, It’s Only Witchcraft” somehow manages to make a hook-filled song even hook-ier. Side Two starts off on a somber note with a minor-key rendition of the classic Everly Brother’s tune “Cathy’s Clown” from New Hampshire psychedelic jam-warriors, MMOSS. Last but certainly not least, LA’s own “one-man Wall of Sound” Maston closes us out with a stirring rendition of the Kinks klassic “I Go To Sleep”! Each copy comes pressed on white vinyl, is housed in a special metallic lavender edition of the Trouble in Mind factory sleeve and is hand-numbered and strictly limited to 2000 copies worldwide!
Check out this playlist with a track from each of Trouble in Mind’s 2012 releases.
Trouble in Mind has releases in excellent record stores near you from Mikal Cronin, The Wax Museums, The Paperhead, Jeffrey Novak (Cheap Time), Alex Cuervo, The Limiñanas, Vermillion Sands, Wounded Lion, Personal & the Pizzas, The Wrong Words, Tropical Sleep, Sticks N Stones, Night Beats, The Hex Dispensers, The Mean Jeans, The Limiñanas, Hollows, Ty Segall, Tyler Jon Tyler, Wheels on Fire, Sonic Chicken 4, Charlie & the Moonhearts, The Fresh & Onlys and The White Wires delivering on their mission to put “the emphasis back on the music and prove that the 2 1/2 minute pop song is alive and well.”