Label drops Austin band Dream Machine over comments on immigration, feminism

Matt Jones of Castle Face Records, announced via Facebook today that the label he co-founded with John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees is discontinuing its relationship with the loosely Austin-based band Dream Machine following comments made by the band’s core duo Matthew and Doris Melton in an interview with the Brooklyn-based website Still in Rock.

Last month, the California-based label released the band’s debut album “The Illusion.” On Thursday, label reps said they will no longer be working with the band after reading about “some ugly opinions” the band members expressed about immigration, feminism and sexual assault.

According to the interview, Matthew and Doris Melton, a married couple, were living in Austin for a few years after relocating from California. Matthew Melton also performed in the indie pop band Warm Soda.

Dream Machine press photo

Doris Melton told Still in Rock that the couple is moving to Amsterdam because “American musicians (hopefully not Europe too) are getting increasingly politically correct and it started getting on our nerves.” She also said living in Austin was getting too expensive.

When asked about the controversy over a perceived threat by South by Southwest organizers to deport international artists who violated the festival’s contract by playing unauthorized shows, Matthew Melton took a hard line.

“That’s part of what they agree to to be able to come and play in the first place so if they break the rules then I see deportation as a fair and just consequence,” he said in the interview. He went on to refer to artists who objected to contractual language that seemed to contain a deportation threat as ” bunch of spoiled cry-babies and it takes the fun out of everything.”

SXSW organizers have pledged to remove the language from next year’s contracts.

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Doris Melton, who came to the United States from Bosnia told the website she was ” glad they’re finally starting to work on deporting criminal illegal aliens too. It took ages for me to get my green card here legally and because there’s so many illegals coming in they make it hard for the people who do want to become part of American society the right way. They’re handing out free money to people who come here illegally, but when you want to work hard to become an American citizen to start a family they make it so hard on you, and expensive!”

Later in the interview, Doris Melton was asked to name something that bothers her about the music industry. She responded by saying “girls have mostly become lazy jellyfish and are starting these horrible feminist bands just to try and ‘show men what they got’.”

She went on to say, “The safe space mentality has made them weak. They don’t even know how to play their instruments! They’ll make songs about being ‘sexually assaulted’ or about how ’empowering’ abortions are or some (expletive) and it’s (expletive) retarded, they’re embarrassing themselves. If men did that they would be crucified! You see the longing for a gender supremacy under the guise of  ‘equal rights.’ What happened to the incredible female singers from back in the day with real talent, singing about finding true love and wanting to be a good woman?”

“Both John and I are appalled,” Matt Jones of Castle Face said in his Facebook comment. “We’ve urged them to make a statement, but it’s no longer our prerogative to be financing, promoting, and endorsing their music any more than we already have. For our part we’re going to find a decent charity to donate our end of the profits from the record to, though something tells me this won’t exactly send it flying off the shelves.”


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