Psychic Teens, TEEN

This post-punk revival that's become all the rage these days has me quite torn. Some of it is so, so good. And some of it is so horribly, obviously bad that it makes me want to condemn the whole "movement" and never listen to anything labeled post-punk ever again.

Psychic Teens falls into the first group. I have been listening to this for over a month and I enjoy it a little more every time. It's not an easy record to pin down - generally a good sign. Post-punk is the first thing that comes to mind, and that's certainly accurate, but there's so much more to this. Honestly, I'm hearing 5 different decades of music here. The 80s, most obviously, but I can't help but hear the psychedelic bands of the 60s (like The Doors), some of the great rock and punk bands of the late 70s and 80s, some old-fashioned dark gothic beauty, throw in a sampling of the alt-rock movement of the 90s (Can I really hear Nirvana at times? Why yes, I think I can...), and even some shoegaze, drone, and metal at times. The album starts with some throbbing bass, which eventually gives way in the end to some heavy, blissed-out guitars that are almost reminiscent of Nadja. There's pretty much something here for everyone.

It's refreshing though, that Psychic Teens wear their influences on their sleeves, because by being honest about who they are, they come off as the genuine article. Despite the influences being so obvious, it doesn't sound derivative at all - it sounds fresh, if not unique. It won't be for everyone that frequents this site, but if you give it a chance, I think you may be surprised. You can stream or download the album on Bandcamp and/or order the LP here from Golden Voyage.

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