You might be forgiven if you see the cover of Montreal rock quartet Psychocide‘s newest album, Alcohol & Bad Decisions, and mistake it for something attached to Insane Clown Posse’s Psychopathic Records. Even the band’s name fits right in with past and present label acts like Twiztid and Myzery. But take one listen to Psychocide and you’ll quickly discover that they have no business being on The Hatchet really. Okay, so yes they occasionally don clown makeup and have a dark theme or two in their music, but so does Mike Geier and you certainly don’t see Puddles Pity Party performing at the Gathering Of The Juggalos.
Apart from some deviating flourishes here and there, the four-piece’s newest release is mostly comprised of straight-up rock and roll with guitar licks, driving drum work, and clear rock vocals that make it easy to ingest. On the band’s Bandcamp page they state, “The record was inspired and based off the New York Era of the band. The conception of the songs mainly came out of jam sessions that took place in Rivington Music Rehearsal Studios and pizza parties that occurred weekly in our apartment (5F The Villager). They were all ideas with humming melodies that were interesting enough that Goldwyn (vocalist, guitarist) would remember them the next day. The stories were to some extent based on people we encountered at parties or that hung out in our apartment regularly.”
You can stream Alcohol & Bad Decisions below via Bandcamp (where you can purchase the album digitally or on vinyl and CD) and check out Psychocide’s newest music video for “Mary.”