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Psyence


Alternative rock band Psyence returns with new single ‘Retrospect’, which was released on October 30th 2020 via Black Belt Recordings.   

With anthemic qualities to uplift and endure, it’s another strong contender from the rising alternative rock five-piece from Stoke-on-Trent who are oscillating their sounds far and wide.  

Bubbling synths, expansive vocal melodies and adrenaline-fused energies once again dovetail vintage rock sounds with new.  

Speaking about the track, Jay from Psyence explains that, even though the lyrics tell a story about a broken relationship, they are also a metaphor for these Covid times:  

“Everyone gets down, everyone gets fed up, but this is an anthem to make you think back and realise, it’s not all that bad. A bitter end can also be a new beginning.”  

‘Retrospect’ follows the ‘Tusk’ single release in August, which generated widespread support, including Kerrang! Radio, Total Rock and Radio X plays and two months on the Spotify Fresh Finds: Rock playlist.    

Originally formed by four schoolmates, the band now comprises Steve Pye (lead vocals and guitars), Jamie (Jay) Bellingham, Joe Walsh (drums), Ben Nixon (keys and synthesisers) and Jamie Cartlidge (rhythm guitar and vocals).   

Born, bred and based in Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands, an area with a strong working class ethic and the self-styled “hub of Northern Soul”, Psyence have built their reputation from their hard-working DIY ethic and endless touring.  
 
Their thundering self-titled debut album was released in August 2019 to critical acclaim. Uber Rock said, “If the Foo Fighters managed to be impregnated by Pink Floyd and begot music producing offspring, they would probably sound something along the lines of Psyence. A strong release for a debut.”   

Developing a fearsome reputation for their incendiary live shows, the band have become firm favourites at the Shiiine On Festivals (and Cruise), as well as having performed at Kendall Calling, Tramlines, and Festival No 6 Festivals in the UK, amongst others.    

“Crunching alt-rock with a taste of grunge, the group’s sonic physicality recalls Royal Blood, or even Foo Fighters.” Clash Magazine “

…electrifying riffs and charges of adrenaline…” GigGoer “

…raw, unhinged… undeniable energy…” Impose  

“Imagine if Sabbath, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, and QOTSA formed a supergroup, you’d have Psyence.” Clunk Mag “

…Psyence make a formidable return to action…” Bearded Magazine 

“If the Foo Fighters managed to be impregnated by Pink Floyd and begot music producing offspring, they would probably sound something along the lines of Psyence.” Uber Rock  

Psyence – Retrospect

Psyence – Tusk

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