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Psychic Teens

Psychic Teens Making Your Ears Ring in the New Year at The Boot & Saddle Jan. 3

After a breakout year on the national scene in 2013 with their full-length album COME (SRA Records), Psychic Teens are ready to make your ears ring in the New Year with a touch of tinnitus when they take advantage The Boot & Saddle’s sweet sound system tonight with their bloodcurdling guitar riffs, thunderous drums and ominous, horror-punk vocals. The gothic post-punk trio will also have new pressings of their latest LP on opaque blue vinyl available. It will be an evening of local basement dwellers surfacing with noisy rock four-piece Ladder Devils and post-hardcore outfit Faking adding to the degeneration of your hearing. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Alexis V.


New Music Video: "Less" - Psychic Teens

Psychic Teens look like they needed to release some serious aggression after a funeral in their new music video for the track "Less" that premiered yesterday over at Pop Matters. It was shot by Anthony Zagarella and Nick Hatsis, who also edited the footage. The group just repressed their latest LP COME, which is available on opaque blue vinyl via SRA Records. They'll be performing next in Philly on Friday, January 3 at The Boot & Saddle with Ladder Devils and Faking.


Tuesday Tune-Out w/Psychic Teens at PhilaMOCA Oct. 29

Drexel University’s WKDU will be wrapping up their series of shows this month for PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out. Closing things out this evening is gothic post-punk trio Psychic Teens, who should be the perfect act to get you in the mood for all the upcoming Halloween festivities. With bludgeoning tunes from their latest LP COME (SRA Records), the band just might scare out whatever remaining spirits may still be residing in the former mausoleum. Also, don’t forget to stick around after their performance for some campy B-movie horror flick goodness. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $5, All Ages - Alexis V.


Psychic Teens Go Underground at Yarga’s Basement Oct. 17

Locals Psychic Teens are the kind of band that made stereotypical 1950’s housewives faint. Fresh off their sophomore release COME (SRA Records), the group’s music is an application of the most self-aware sort of psychedelic post-punk drenched in the reckless abandon of 80’s metal - specifically, imagine Bauhaus and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet in a blender. Psychic Teens are bringing their uniquely grungy, wry and downright furious brand of prog-punk to Yarga’s Basement, nestled in our favorite Penn fraternity, in what is sure to be an all-out blitzkrieg on your ability to hear the next day. They’ll be joined by Michigan's Brief Candles, the recently re-formed Oh, Adeona, and You’re Fired, a brand new endeavor born from Philly noise-rock specialists Heavy Medical. BTW: If this lineup doesn’t get you there promptly on time, there has also been a promise of something special for the first 30 people in the door. Yarga's Basement, (Please contact yargaproductions@gmail.com for more info.), 9pm, All Ages - Daniel Ludwig


Album Review: COME - Psychic Teens

Philly’s beloved Psychic Teens, who self-identify as “regular adults… that sound like that time you spotted your creepy metalhead brother at [an] 80s night,” have conjured a formidably impressive amount of buzz in response to their sophomore release COME (SRA Records)Plausibly picking up where TEEN left off, the band’s latest is a gloomier sequel to the moody anthems fans first heard in 2011.

“NO,” COME’s opener, unfolds with droning bass and screeching riffs, preceding eerie vocals that articulate “the sadness of expectation” and “decay.” Somewhere between King Dude and Peter Murphy, Larry Ragone’s distinctive diction grows melodically darker as the song endures, tying together nearly instrumental interludes with a harmonious chorus that crashes into buzzing chords and oscillating cymbals by the track’s end. With what feels like a swirling vision, “NO” fosters an audible landscape comprised of melancholic melodies reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine’s “When You Sleep” but darker and without the romance. The song’s outro reverberates, buzzing in listeners’ ears like the emotive residue of a bad dream. Awakening an appropriate sense of anxiety with “NO,” “RIP” continues the uneasy gloom of COME. With a similarly disorienting intro, “RIP” and its rapidity intensifies alongside the steady and subtly sardonic tone of Ragone’s vocals. As if channeling Ian Curtis’ ghost, the rhythm of this chant befittingly echoes Warsaw’s demos with a subdued energy. “H#TE” is sinister yet melodic with relatable lyricism that hums of depressive frustration. A mesh of post-punk, shoegaze, and the quintessential characteristics definitive of metal, “H#TE” is effectively poignant and perfectly placed before “LUST” which picks up soon after its prior’s abrupt end. Repetitive yet hypnotic riffs reverberate for the first half-minute and expand as the song endures. Feeling much like a trance, “LUST” audibly resembles the frustrated hunger of its namesake, playing out like a familiar dialogue between the self and its object of affection (or obsession). The album’s title track “COME” starts off with sparse instrumentation and vocals that sound out as if heard from another room. The distance between the track’s cyclical guitar lines and pulsating percussion gradually dissipates towards the climax of the song, during which Ragone’s recitation of “at the end of the world” serves as the preface to a tidal crash of guitar riffs and persistent cymbals. An appropriate title track, “COME” is a monolith, central to the album’s contextual and emotive structure. “LESS” is substantial with frenetic fretwork and plays out nearly orchestral. Its gradual buildup attributes a tangible velocity as the Psychic Teens approach full throttle towards its latter notes. Executed with delectable dread, “BUG” hums with a vigor that juxtaposes flawlessly with “VEIL” and its subsequent mellowed-out malaise.

Ending as dark as it started, COME’s final track marries the sinister croons of Danzig with the emotional excess and the poise of riffage reminiscent of “Degausser” (yeah, it’s okay, admit it… we all listened to Brand New at some point). Its final forty-five seconds serves as a perfected finale to Psychic Teens’ latest vision. As the cosmos spin around us, we can only predict that an equally monumental follow-up is yet to come. 


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