Underground, independent rock and roll has sort of always been assumed to be this space where counter-culture, artists, and liberal humans alike can come together and share their craft. We assume that we aren’t going to be subjected to conservative, racist, sexist undertones in the music or interviews because rock and roll isn’t country music, right? Maybe we are ignorant to think that in the rock and roll community we’re completely shielded from any of that. Maybe that’s why Matthew and Doris Melton‘s interview with Still In Rock comes as such a shock to the independent music community.
First off, I’d like to applaud Castle Face Records and John Dwyer, co-founder and member of Thee Oh Sees, for publicly dropping Dream Machine and fiercely opposing any of the obscene social stances the band echoed in their interview. Although Dream Machine produced a whimsical, dreamy record equipped with organs and psychedelic melodies, they have proven to be elitist, sexist, and borderline racist.
If you haven’t read the interview, let me break down some of the most horrifying quotes from both Matthew and Doris. When pressed about their performance at 2017’s SXSW music festival amidst the controversy due to the threats made by the festival that international bands playing unauthorized gigs will be deported, Matthew responded by stating, “playing a big festival in the United States of America is a great opportunity and a privilege and it’s understandable why they wouldn’t want international acts diluting their draw by playing unauthorized shows. 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. It’s just a threat anyways, instead of throwing a temper tantrum and acting as if they are entitled to come to the United States and do exactly as they please, they should just be cool about it and play unauthorized shows anyway.”
Deportation is an extreme form of punishment for bands playing an unofficial gig at SXSW. Bands from all over, both from America and internationally, play unofficial gigs at South By and this rule disproportionately affects bands from outside of the U.S. Doris goes on to exclaim, “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!” Lets get real, illegal immigrants are not receiving free money. Illegal immigrants don’t just waltz onto U.S. soil and retrieve a life that takes them from rags to riches. If either of these two ever took a look from off of their elitist throne at immigrant communities in this country they would know it to be just the opposite.
As if those statements weren’t mind numbing enough, Doris also argued that women were purely making music to “show men what they’ve got.” Her idiocy is only magnified when she then begs the question, “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?” Are you seriously saying the only thing women can sing about in our small bubble of femininity is love? And may I assume you are purely speaking about the love a woman has for a man, and that you believe there may be nothing else for a woman to sing about, like say, sexual assault? Ah, never mind, you already covered that when you crudely hissed that horrible feminist bands make up songs about being sexually assaulted. Oh Doris close-minded, and extraordinarily delusional of you to really believe women have to make up sexual assault, when more often than not women silence themselves for fear of being judged, just as you have so despicably done.
Let’s not forget Doris’ remarks on how people in Austin manage to sleep with a new person every week. Dream Machine and their all holiness can take that shit back to the 1950’s. We’re in an era in which men and women alike can choose how many sexual partners they please, because really, who gives a fuck? Obviously these two.
Dream Machine needs to get with the times or maybe keep their shitty opinions to themselves. They can muse and rant over all the ignorant remarks they’ve made all they want at their dinner table, but to say that in an interview is totally tone deaf. Regardless of their music, I won’t miss these two and I most definitely won’t miss having to listen to them bitch about “safe spaces” and cry baby millennials. Dream Machine has proven themselves to be the only ones needing a good cry after this disaster. Good riddance.