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Review: 'Psyatics, The'
'Famous Monsters'   

-  Album: 'Famous Monsters'
-  Genre: 'Punk/New Wave'

Our Rating:
It seems that there’s no such thing as a psyatic, at least according to the Internet. And the Internet is always right. It’s the entirety of human existence at the touch of a keyboard, after all, so I believe it. Psyatic is not a word, let alone and adjective or a noun. Apart from these three guys, who must thusly constitute the only psyatics in existence. Quite what this neologism actually means is therefore unclear. A compound word which refers to a psychotic with sciatica? Maybe.

However, the Las Vegas trio kick up an exciting – and quite eclectic – noise on their third album, ‘Famous Monsters’. For the most part, theirs is a driving punk-influenced style, with Rob Bell’s shouty vocals displaying a vaguely manic edge, which proves the ideal vehicle for the dark, obsessive and at times outright crazed lyrics (‘They tied each others’ hands / Then stabbed themselves over a dozen times’ and ‘Enjoy you for a fortnight, reassure you it’s alright / or remove all our clothes to watch you decompose’ are representative). They’re kings of the strolling bassline, too.

They’ve shared stages with Rev Horton heat, The Dickies, Peter Murphy and The Angry Samoans, amongst others. They bring some old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll action to the table, while a sax is paired with jittery, stuttering guitar line jammed over a funk-tinged and tight as hell groove on ‘You Killed Me First’. The swampy surf garage of ‘Burnt Offerings’ provides one of a number of raucous highlights. A couple of covers are thrown in for good measure, with the rockabilly groove of ‘I Like to Die’ (The Drags) and ‘I Can’t Stand It’ (Velvet Underground) bolstering a strong set.

The Psyatics Online

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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