The DSM IV - Futurama Festival 2022



DSM IV take their name from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and because disorders are so impossible to classify DSM IV are similarly difficult to categorise. Seeing them live and you can see exactly where they get their name from. Fronted by Guy McKnight, he was formerly the singer in one of Britain’s most underrated bands the 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster. He moved up to Liverpool from Brighton to form DSM IV. Last seen sporting a dyed mullet (haircut of the gods) Guy is an ace front person with all the charisma of Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s nest as he pulls you into his sphere of psychotic influence. No medals here for social distancing as he wants you to get totally involved in DSM IV’s sound.

As for the music itself it’s neon 80’s tinged gorgeousness mixed with electronic dance beats and covered with strangely powerful and up lifting songs. It is an immersive and captivating experience. They should be the resident band in a David Lynch movie or be on the Drive soundtrack with their 80’s influences. The album was meant to come out in 2020 but everything was put on hold which must have been very frustrating  for the band. Catch them live as they are a band who despite being a bit unbalanced and schizophrenic are dynamic and fun and they make music that you suddenly find yourself smiling to…Take DSM IV as prescribed and never more than the recommended dose. Side effects may cause extreme euphoria but don’t tell Nurse Ratched!