Published Dec 19, 2019The goal for many punk bands is to simply be a punk band. But Psychic Void seem fixated on pushing their craft into the psychic void. Skeleton Paradise finds the Windsor, ON quartet ramming together an impossible assemblage of sonic ideas into a brief 24 minutes.
Opening with a flash of synthesizer-driven noise, "Dirty Hands" shows the band manipulating their instruments to crest into an onslaught of clatter that never lets up. Adding decaying reverb to his vocals on "Boneshaker," and a wide-eyed Jello Biafra yelp on "Internet Human," Jesse Knight keeps things forward-moving, buoyant and interesting, all while altering musical personas from track to track.
While the instrumentation keeps stride, the band straddle the line between punk rock and psych garage. But what makes Psychic Void's sophomore LP so riveting is just how great this whole noise experiment sounds, as Kaiser recorded, mixed and mastered the entire thing, leaving Skeleton Paradise a complete and splintered vision. (Vanilla Box)