Psychic TV return to us with Alienist. The album includes two original tracks: the haunting yet emotional “I’m Looking For You”; an epic, multi-layered, metaphysical exploration in the form of a conversation between Genesis and “Lucifer”, who is in hiding after his failed rebellion is over. And “Alienist” which is a delightful fusion of dance grooves harking back to PTV’s Acid House days and the group’s current love of heavy psychedelic rock. The title track debuted over at The Quietus.
Back on a European tour in 2009, Genesis P-Orridge proposed the band perform the classic “Maggot Brain” by Funkadelic as a musical interlude. After the tour, the band went into the studio to give a try at a recorded interpretation of the song. The result was astounding and the band set forth on a series of 12″ records, yearly interpreting a rock classic and then offering a new song on the B side. Mostly chosen by drummer and co-producer Edley ODowd, songs have previously included “Silver Machine” by Hawkwind, “Mother Sky” by Can and “Dropout Boogie” by Captain Beefheart. Listen / Share: “Alienist” on Soundcloud Here
Alienist continues Psychic TV‘s fascination of reinterpreting contemporary rock classics. This time tackling “Jump Into The Fire” by the late Harry Nilsson as well as Genesis’ teenage favorite “How Does It Feel To Feel” by ’60s British psychedelic rockers, The Creation.
Psychic TV continue to tour North America and Europe through 2016. Highlights include this weekend’s Berserktown Festival in LA, where they will perform Force The Hand of Chance in its entirety (with guest singers Margaret Cho, Ron Athey and Sean Ragon of Cult of Youth) in celebration of the official reissue, an Alienist release show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, Basilica Soundscape, POP Montreal and down the Northwest coast before heading back to Europe. Full list of dates below.
Psychic TV Live Dates:
8/12: Los Angeles – Cinefamily *
8/12: Los Angeles, CA – Berserktown 3 at Teragram Ballroom %
9/16: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg ^
9/17: Hudson, NY – Basilica SoundScape #
9/21: Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
9/23: Montreal, QB – POP Montreal at Theatre Fairmount
9/29: Portland, OR – Star Theatre
9/30: Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
10/1: Seattle, WA – Macefield Festival
12/8: Washington, D.C. – Rock & Roll Hotel
12/9: Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
12/10: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA