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The Psyatics / Press

“Famous Monsters is the name of the album. The Psyatics is the name of the band. Post-industrial punk is the kind of music they play. “Play” is probably an inadequate description of what The Psyatics do. They don’t play music. They hammer, thrash, trounce, batter and pulverize music. You can feel their emotion; it’s almost palpable, a crazy irresponsible ferocity. Baertschi’s drumming style is d’Artagnan-like…Ball sizzles on the guitar, providing driving chords that transition in the blink of an eye to reckless dynamism coupled with unbridled exhibitionism. Rob Bell’s vocals are so raw it hurts to listen to him. The Psyatics aren’t just about slamming punk music. They actually have something to say…raw, bloody tunes with lots of kick to them. If you’re into rant and rave punk, then Famous Monsters is for you. On a scale of 1 star to 5 stars, with 1 being content-free as possible and 5 being more than excellent, I give Famous Monsters 4 stars – ferociously goosed ”

“In your face, energetic, raw rock and roll sprinkled with dissonant jazz, noisy surf rock and some serious punk attitude collide in this fierce and adrenaline pumping sonic ride through tales of history’s most infamous serial killers. Famous Monsters is exciting, energizing and nothing short of rock and roll greatness! Those unexpected sprinkles of jazz just add to the goodness of these tasty jams. Famous Monsters is the third full length album from The Psyatics, who have also appeared on numerous compilations, toured Japan, acted in and provided music for the indie film Atomic Punks, and have shared stages with bands with names like Reverend Horton Heat, The Dickies, Voodoo Glow Skulls and more! If you love to rock this album needs to be in your collection.”

“This is a truly wild band that doesn’t play by any rules. Nirvana and Kurt Cobain would have been proud. They actually have a very similar sound to Nirvana, with really modulated guitar riffs and dirty, unapologetic vocals. This band plays a blend of Garage, Punk, and Surf Rock, loud and proud. They are based in the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas, and the same frenetic vibes of this wild city really come across in the music of The Psyatics. This band is keeping really busy, having just completed a major tour through Japan in 2016. They just released a new album called “Famous Monsters,” and they have really reached a new level of awesomeness with their latest tracks. I wouldn’t change a single thing about The Psyatics, as their music is right up my alley. It’s definitely the kind of “pump up music” you’d want to play before doing something totally extreme.”

“Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll band, The Psyatics, tell quite a grungy tale over their high energy release, ‘Famous Monsters’. Keeping a goofy smirk on your face over the album’s opener, “Famous Monsters”, the rough and tough gang strumming up strong guitar-driven tracks set off a loose cannon that eases into the album's second track, “The Last Time I Saw Julia”, that loosely and comically speaks of the death of the mysterious goddess who demands more than one can offer. ‘Famous Monsters’ is an album that you want to crank up while tossing back brews before a fun night and can also serve to kiss an ex-lover goodbye over funky groove and an enthusiastic musical vibe.”

“This is a sweet album… a fourteen track monster, manages to breeze by in a barrage of relatively brief, high energy punctuations. ‘Famous Monsters‘ really digs its claws into the listener. Each track is wonderfully structured, terrifically tight, and waiting to pounce…. The band... in no way ‘Lay Low‘ in this ravaging album. And somehow, in the midst of all the hard hitting riffs, driving drums, and manically ranting vocals, The Psyatics have a bit of a ‘Secret‘…in the featured form of Gene Howley, rocking the sax. Something for everyone on this masterful monstrosity. From ripping, punk-rock riffs, to some jazzy drum and bass, and from rant-and-rave vocals, to some sweet harmonies, and melodies from featured artist Danielle Bell (such a sultry surprise), ‘Famous Monsters‘ is one hell of hit addition to the punk scene. Amassing all manner of genres underneath the torn umbrella of punk-rock, The Psyatics have got a unique little niche that is amazingly expansive.”

“A nice meal of industrial/punkish rock n’ roll that I enjoyed in the morning by the Las Vegas - based band, Psyatics...great output from a trio band as it’s very tight. Oh, what a swingy intro. I am in love with ‘The Cost of Love In Today's Market’. It’s just a great song, as I see all elements are perfect; vocals, guitars and the amazing swinging beats... ‘Voices in My Head’, wow, what a great execution! I enjoyed the Sax character that has been added as well as the voices in the background, as it's nice deliverance to the idea of the song itself. In “Secret” I found the phasing/wah guitar sound intriguing as it’s a smart move to make a nice catchy riff and to the point, but this is really shown within their whole album... 8 out of 10.”

“Rob Bell (Bass/Vocals), Jack Ball (Guitar) and Mark Baertschi (Drums) are an interesting trio that emits a strange sound best described as a mish-mashy-Quentin-Tarantino-soundtrack – if that even makes sense. Bell’s vocal and bass riffs play excellently together, with Ball’s highly distorted lead guitar complimenting Baertshi’s high-tempo styling. Each track of ‘Famous Monsters’ brings something unique to the table, so it’s hard to pick favourites, but perhaps the most welcoming feature is the sometimes subtle, but ever present surf-rock twang. The ability of these musicians to write and play in a way that naturally fits the albums/songs progression is astounding… Unlike nine out of ten other bands that try and resurrect that sound. The best uses of this technique are found in “Burnt Offerings” and “I Like To Die”. Well played. Literally...”

“This 3-piece garage, surf and noise band formed in 2012. They combine a raucous rock and roll with dissonant chording, jagged grooves and biting lyrics. This is the 3rd full-length album that launches into rock n’ roll overdrive on its very first song, “Famous Monsters”, which happens to be about history’s most infamous serial killers. For the most part, theirs is a driving punk-influenced style, with shouty vocals displaying a vaguely manic edge, which proves the ideal vehicle for the dark, obsessive and at times outright crazed lyrics. They bring some old-fashioned rock n’ roll action to the table, while a sax is paired with jittery, stuttering guitar line jammed over a funk-tinged and tight as hell groove. They take their delivery cues from such acts as: Iggy Pop and The Stooges, The Hives, The Cramps, and Gang of Four. “Famous Monsters” is a great album that deserves a lot more recognition...”

“Famous Monsters is an 8/10, creative and loud…here to bring the Fuzz! A diverse sense of music, and a track listing that feels fresh and inspired.”

“It’s loud. It’s outrageous. But it’s a hell of a lot of fun. The Psyatics… creating wild yet catchy punk tunes that both sound great and pack intriguing lyrical content. But it’s in their twists and reimagining of the genre that they really excel. The Psyatics are a trio of raucous artists creating tunes that invoke the punk spirit thoroughly. But this isn’t straight up punk rock either, of course. There are also elements of new wave, rock, garage, noise, surf, and jazz here, some more present and prominent than others, but they’re playing quite nicely with one another. What separates The Psyatics from the rest of their contemporaries might be that they’ve infused the punk energy and sound with some refreshing updates. For one, vocalist Rob Bell has a genuinely beautiful voice, and even when he’s screaming and yelling you can tell how melodic the tones of his voice are. In quick, simple bursts, The Psyatics create wild, freewheeling tunes that rock...”

“The Psyatics are a garage punk and noise band from…Las Vegas. Like one of their key influences, The Cramps, The Psyatics have a fondness for b-movies, universal monsters, and serial killers. With every song under three-and-a-half minutes, the album is a twisted scorcher of a roller coaster ride. For The Psyatics, love and murder are often analogous, typified on songs like “You Killed Me First” and “The Voices In My Head.” Even the brief excursions like the jazzy “The Cost of Love In Today’s Market” or the surf ballad “The Last Time I Saw Julia” have more sinister undertones. Their third and most recent album, Famous Monsters essentially follows the pattern of the previous two, but it finds a band at their peak, and if not, at least very close to it. This is a record sure to be adored by fans of kitsch, the bizarre, and the obscure.”

“This third full-length launches into rock ’n’ roll overdrive on its very first song, “Famous Monsters,” which happens to be about history’s most infamous serial killers. Backed by Mark Bäertschi’s surfy drum fills and guitarist Jack Ball’s electrifying fretwork, vocalist/bassist Rob Bell puts his snarling delivery front and center on the trio’s gasoline-powered garage-rock. From the spunky Drags cover “I Like to Die” to the rockabilly-tinged “The Last Time I Saw Julia,” Famous Monsters thunders from start to finish.”

“The Las Vegas trio kick up an exciting – and quite eclectic – noise on their third album, ‘Famous Monsters’. For the most part, theirs is a driving punk-influenced style, with Rob Bell’s shouty vocals displaying a vaguely manic edge, which proves the ideal vehicle for the dark, obsessive and at times outright crazed lyrics.... They’re kings of the strolling bassline, too. They bring some old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll action to the table, while a sax is paired with jittery, stuttering guitar line jammed over a funk-tinged and tight as hell groove on ‘You Killed Me First’. The swampy surf garage of ‘Burnt Offerings’ provides one of a number of raucous highlights. A couple of covers are thrown in for good measure, with the rockabilly groove of ‘I Like to Die’ (The Drags) and ‘I Can’t Stand It’ (Velvet Underground) bolstering a strong set.”

“On this, the third Psyatics album, songwriter/vocalist/bassist Rob Bell delves into these demons and brings them into the light, sharing disturbing tales of the evil that we humans do to each other, ranging from the plights of serial killers to the passionate throes of violent relationships. Here Rob is joined by longtime cohort, guitar/noiseman Jack Ball along with new skin basher, Mark Bartschi (veteran of innumerable bands, including the Swank Bastards and the Pussyrammers), replacing original drummer Jimmy Krah... Mark's newness seems to have reinvigorated the band, both live and in the studio and this record has a fiercely dark energy to it. These cats have been pals as well as one of my fave current bands ever since I first saw them back in 2012 - and this is another fantastic slab of modern garage madness that I highly recommend!”

“This trio composed of Rob Bell on bass and vocals, Jack Ball on guitar, and Jimmy Krah on drums, powered through a set reminiscent of Violent Femmes meets Sonny Vincent. Their sixth-sense chemistry is clearly evident in the way they effortlessly play their songs, all while looking so fucking cool and making the crowd move. Jack Ball’s Gretsch Black Falcon and I made intense eye contact throughout their set. It helped that he, along with the rest of the band, spectacularly played their instruments. The Psyatics are definitely a band to catch live!”

““Sham 69 were OK, but the drummer didn't play one song correctly. Seriously. Not one. They played every song I expected them to do, and some that I forgot they do. Meh. The surprise of the night for me was The Psyatics. Where the fuck did these guys come from? They had a sound similar to bands like the Devil Dogs, or the New Bomb Turks, and I was digging it! They opened up with an amazing song that brought everybody that was outside smoking to the inside of the bar to check them out, and I later found out the opening song was a Sam & Dave cover. Brilliant!! I was majorly impressed and look forward to seeing and hearing more from them.””

“ The Psyatics – Oderint Dum Metuant Outhouse Eagle, 2013 A wild mesh of garage-rock with blues-rock, punk energy and dirty rock’n'roll, there exists much power amid this noisy, sometimes manic album. The vocals howl and yelp, and the music often follows suit, though they bring in a violin and somehow blend it in seamlessly. A mixed bag of sounds and genres all rolled up into an explosive and calculated listen, if I didn’t know better I’d say John Reis was involved. ”

“The Psyatics and 'Stole Your Girl'. The band hail from Las Vegas and I would say the raw power and energy of that city echoed there in the music of the band.”

“The Psyatics are a swingin', brand-spankin' new LV garage combo made up of Rob Bell on bass & voice, Jimmy Krah on drums (both formerly of the Yeller Bellies, a rockabilly group, though Rob played mandolin!) and guitar wiz Jack Ball. Absolutely kick-ass from start to finish and definitely destined to become a Las Vegas legend!”

“Bell and Krah previously made a name for themselves locally in the Yeller Bellies, a raucous, country fried rockabilly troupe that became one of Vegas' more heated live acts over the course of their roughly four years together. With The Psyatics, the visceral, unhinged energy of the Yeller Bellies remains intact, but it's blasted out in different directions. "I'm a healthy connoisseur of sin," Bell howls on "Death of Me," a down and dirty rock 'n' roll striptease where Bell gives voice to vice. Elsewhere, the band sounds like the '60s "Nuggets" series on nitrous on the hair flingin' freakout "Stole Your Girl".The common denominator among it all: raw power. ”