Among the best named bands performing at Liverpool Psych Fest this year, Celestial Bums are a five-piece hailing from Barcelona, Spain. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Japhy Ryder, guitarist Marc Bromway, bassist Marc Baggins, drummer Augusto J. Marchetti and keyboardist Imanol, their dynamic take on psychedelia contains a little bit everything, from the hazy and dream-like sounds of Galaxie 500, to fuzz-driven, drone-inspired jams, with plenty of punchy rock grooves in between.
After self-releasing a self-titled EP in 2012, which led them to be invited to perform at Primavera Sound in their home city, they put out their much anticipated full length debut in June 2016 via Belgian indie label EXAG’ Records. Titled ‘Ascend’, the record was produced at Cacophony Recorders in Austin, Texas by Kyle Hunt, also known for his work with The Black Angels, the Friday night headliners at this year’s festival.
Their upcoming appearance at Liverpool Psych Fest is set to be their first ever UK performance, with a follow-up show also scheduled for Manchester’s Aatma on Sunday 24th. In the seventh of our series of interviews with the Liverpool Psych Fest congregation, we spoke to Celestial Bums about their upcoming appearance at the festival.
How would you describe your music?
Our music is like a dark-blue liquid substance that floats around the milky way.
Who or what have been the biggest influences on your sound?
The roads, the consciousness, the effects of time, the way the sounds make us feel.
What made you want to play at Liverpool Psych Fest and will this be your first time?
This will be our first time. It’s a great festival with great taste for choosing bands.
How well do you know Liverpool and what’s your favourite thing about the city?
We’ve never been to Liverpool!
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?
Yes, we have played in some of them. We like it, it’s more like an intimate ceremony.
What’s your favourite festival memory?
To look up and see the whole universe above us while playing ‘The Starry Night‘.
Have you ever dabbled in psychedelics? If so, how would you describe your experience?
LSD sessions should be part of the public education system. There would be less wars and more love.
Apart from yourselves, who would you recommend people see at Liverpool Psych Fest?
Hurricane Heart Attacks, Rancho Relaxo, The Black Angels and Magic Shoppe.
Why should festival goers take time out to come and see you play? What can they expect from your live set?
They will experience truth. They can expect the no-need of their minds on a blue starry night.
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.