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Orange Sunshine Superman / Will Psoma  •  Anton Barbeau

Orange Sunshine Superman

Will Psoma
Songwriter / Recording Artist
Orange Sunshine Superman is the brainchild of Will Psoma. A public apology for the choice of name is long overdue.

A true child of the Sixties, Will Psoma was born on Jerry Garcia's birthday just a few months before JFK was slain (the math is left as an exercise to the reader). He cites his earliest musical experience as being in the womb of his teenage mother at the Hollywood Bowl as a young Bob Dylan opened for Joan Baez. Shortly after Beatlemania infiltrated America, the young Psoma was often found toting about his favorite "toy," a carrying case full of seven-inch 45 rpm singles. Among the box's contents were several obligatory Beatles and Doors classics; Peter, Paul and Mary's version of "Puff the Magic Dragon"; The Ventures' recording of "Telstar"; and "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Ha" by Napoleon XIV (the B-side of which consisted of the same song played backwards in its entirety).

In the 1970s, Psoma's family relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where as a teenager, as he describes, "my ego was obliterated and reassembled through some particularly heavy experiences" led by the likes of Hendrix, Syd Barrett (and post-Syd) era Pink Floyd, Todd Rundgren, Gong, Steve Hillage, Ron Geesin, Terry Riley and countless others. While in high school, Psoma taught himself keyboards and guitar and became obsessed with making crude multitrack recordings by dubbing between two cassette recorders, adding additional tracks with each pass. As he recalls the day he unexpectedly stumbled upon tape phasing, "I think I felt the same God-fearing sense of awe Brian Wilson must have felt the first time he heard a theremin!"

At Love Parade, San Francisco, 2 Oct 2004

Psychedelic-era production techniques have been among Will Psoma's identifying signatures ever since. In the early '80s Will continued experimentation with his first multitrack recorder, a Tascam 22-4 reel-to-reel 4-track. Throughout the '80s and early '90s he wrote and recorded songs in and out of various bands and engineered others with an oft psychedelic bent. In the early '90s his humble 4-track setup grew into an analog 16-track studio for hire, eventually incorporating computer-based digital audio recording gear by the mid-'90s.

In 1995 Will joined computer game publisher Drew Pictures (later to become Pulse Entertainment) as Audio Engineer, where he brought some of his audio production techniques to the digital desktop domain for the Bad Mojo PC game and soundtrack. As Pulse got out of the gaming industry and spun off the fledgling Jinx Entertainment, Will remained at his post as Manager of Music and Sound for Space Bunnies Must Die!, contributing to the musical score along with Mojo composer Peter Stone (a/k/a Bat of electro-goth/darkwave group Xorcist).

Since 1999, Will has consistently worked by day as an audio software developer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mark ("Tut") Tutko
Drummer, multi-instrumentalist and all-around goofball

Tut has more than ably handled drum duties for Will Psoma since the twentieth century A.D. He is gifted with an incredibly natural talent for the drums, and boasts a well-honed skill set that draws inspiration from Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart and Keith Moon among others. He can also be seen occasionally in his alter ego, performing as the late Bon Scott in Bay Area AC/DC cover band Long Gon Bon. At these performances, some lucky attendees are doused in their own drinks. At this juncture, perhaps a picture is worth a thousand more words:

Anton Barbeau
Songwriter / Recording Artist

Sacramento singer/songwriter Anton Barbeau's stock-in-trade is "intelligent, fractured pop" in the vein of The Beatles, XTC, Julian Cope and Robyn Hitchcock, putting him right at home here on Four-Way. He has been delivering his witty, idiosyncratic lyrics in his insistent tenor (and impeccable falsetto) since the early ’90s, with numerous full-length releases of clever, off-kilter pop to his credit.

In 2003, between recording ventures with indie psych-rock luminaries The Bevis Frond and The Loud Family, Barbeau set out consciously to make a "psychedelic" record. Two and a half years later, the result was his tenth outing, and arguably his finest work to date: In The Village Of The Apple Sun. Four-Way Records is as proud and pleased as punch to unleash this psychedelic masterpiece on an unsuspecting, or perhaps even suspecting, public.

Further details can be found at Anton's official web site as well as his Facebook page.