The Psyatics Keep It Pretty & Grim In Famous Monsters

“Punk’s not dead” should be the slogan for The Psyatics and their third and latest full length album release, Famous Monsters.

Part punk, part surf, part garage, and part shifty blues carefully blended with temporarily inharmonious strings sum up a track listing that take listeners on an ever-crashing wave of nervousness in Famous Monsters. The album itself shouts lyrical atrocities regarding victims of homicide while carefully avoiding glorification of inflicted death.

Famous Monsters feature length album cover

Each song is a story of doom n’ gloom, spun in one multifarious musical web of instrumental complexities that other typical three-piece bands never master. Don’t misunderstand the album at hand, it’s positively punk, unabashedly employing methods and melodies (sometimes dissonant) utilized in other styles of rock, blues, and even jazz – if I had to reach a little bit, and I don’t feel I am.

The Psyatics were clearly looking to create something worth a listener’s time in both narrative and musical sensibility, still while never giving up who they are or what they wanted to sound like. The music is theirs and we’re just borrowing it.

Because of their willingness and maturity to self compromise, we’re endowed with a well mastered suite of beautifully crafted tunes rooted in the authenticity of life, even if it’s only about the far reaching dark corners of it.

Rob Bell (bass guitar and vocals), Jack Ball (guitar) and Mark Baertschi (drums)

Punk isn’t dead while The Psyatics are around to say anything about it. You’ll lose that argument in milliseconds.

If you’re done with average four-chord garage punk bands, give the abominable yet seductive Famous Monsters album a listen by clicking here or by using the embedded player below.

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Daniel Mihailescu