One of the newest acts scheduled to perform at Liverpool Psych Fest this year, dreamherbs may be an unknown prospect in this part of the country but the Walthamstow trio have been making a name for themselves in and around the London area over the past 18 months with some fantastic live shows. Their filthy blend of psychedelic blues, swirling fuzz and grungey, sludgey stoner rock brings together the sounds of Cream and Jimi Hendrix with the likes of Electric Wizard, Gonga and the Melvins. Although they are yet to release an album or EP, the trio did put out an excellent debut single ‘Welcome to Fuzzbrain‘ back in May via Metal Postcard, with more material likely to follow sometime soon. In the ninth of our series of interviews with the Liverpool Psych Fest congregation, we spoke to dreamherbs about their upcoming appearance at the festival.
How would you describe your music?
Our music is a combination of many flammable objects exposed to a naked flame. It’s fuzzbrain music. It’s like if The Grateful Dead had a baby with Sabbath but then the baby got kidnapped by Black Flag and only listened to Mobb Deep.
Who or what have been the biggest influences on your sound?
Obviously the biggest influence is our background and being from East London. Most of our lyrics are taken directly from our personal experiences growing up here. Then we obviously got all sorts of shit. We just love music so everything from Jimi Hendrix to Wipers. Bands like Sleep alongside The Meters with like Crazy Titch and Daijvhs. Basically any classic artist you can name we could probably tell you how we tried to rip them off.
What made you want to play at Liverpool Psych Fest and will this be your first time?
This is going to be our first legit festival, we’ve never even been to anything outside of London like this. We lost our shit when we found out we were going to play because it seems to be a home for weird music and we can’t wait to see how people take to dreamherbs alongside everyone else. Anyone we’ve spoken to that has been to past Liverpool Psych Fests has told us how much of a great time they’ve had so we are gasssssed.
How well do you know Liverpool and what’s your favourite thing about the city?
Our godlike guitar player’s family are from Toxteth so he’s spent a load of time there. It’s bait but The Beatles.
Indoor festivals have been growing in popularity in recent years, have you played at many of them and how do they compare to outdoor events?
The best indoor festival we’ve played is Lamesfest. That was crazy it was like all the best bits of East London in one room. I prefer them sweaty indoor ones because they’re usually a whole lot louder. It’s like going to five club shows in a day rather than paying £80 to stand in a park like some mug.
What’s your favourite festival memory?
Lamesfest when we met our new bass player and just realised that our shit was actually not even shit. There’s was this one off thing called Radfest like five years ago or some shit in some building in Hackney but that was crazy good fun right before they turned it into expensive studios.
Have you ever dabbled in psychedelics? If so, how would you describe your experience?
Plot twist 2/3 dreamherbs are straight edge. Guess which ones.
Apart from yourselves, who would you recommend people see at Liverpool Psych Fest?
Dylan Carlson straight up.
Why should festival goers take time out to come and see you play? What can they expect from your live set?
Basically yeah, you’ve already paid entry you might as well come see us. Reals though, I don’t know anyone doing what we do and if there is I beg you point them out so I got more shit to listen to.
The sixth edition of Liverpool Psych Fest will take place at Camp & Furnace on 22nd and 23rd of September. Check out our review of last year’s festival here. For more details about this year’s event head over to www.LiverpoolPsychFest.com. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.