Back in April we weren’t sure if Deep Heaven Now was nearing its end. Organizer Jinsen Liu of 28 Degrees Taurus was non-committal about its future, and the two-day event in Somerville had a slight air of finality about it. Seven months later, Deep Heaven Now reverberates once more for it’s 8th event since August 2010, when Liu resurrected the ’90s ambient and psych festival that made him fall in love with Boston.
“the beacons are lit all across the country. we’re just doing our small part to have a place where our local bands can come to and have a sense of belonging somewhere,” Liu wrote on the DHN8 Facebook page. “and regardless… you belong.”
Liu says there’s more fresh blood on this year’s lineup than ever before, and he likes what’s happening among newer bands in the city’s psych scene.
“I took care to feature as many new kids coming up as I could,” Liu notes. “Doing our small part for a place where the like-minded can call a home and for the like-minded elsewhere to come to as well. There’s a good batch of new kids coming up and that’s a big aspect of it for me. I wouldn’t be doing this if it were continually all the same people. Boston is lucky in that it has a mega deep talent pool. It keeps some of the scene slightly less fractured.”
He adds: “At this point I am very comfortable with it being the scene that celebrates itself. We’re keeping our own flock together. And with as many different ideas and divisions in culture and music these days that’s the best one can hope for sometimes.”