The last time we heard from Psychocide was with their debut record Alcohol & Bad Decisions. Now we’re here in the aftermath with the aptly titled Hungover — an EP that continues the band’s signature buzzy-guitar and high-melody legacy. We may be in the hangover phase, but this music makes you want to get up and move; it’s probably not the best for those headaches.
Hungover is the collective work of Goldwyn Thandrayen, Wilson Li and Geoff McFarlane, who each come from different geographical regions and musical backgrounds. You can hear the pop, prog, and even jazz influences that these artists bring to this record — even though the majority of it was written after a night of heavy drinking.
Psychocide can move between hard and soft, and this is seen in the shift that “Unattainable” takes. The vocals are smoother, the guitar feels restrained, and the mood is something closer to romantic. It stands on its own, but loses some of the wild energy that permeates through “Kinaesthesia” and “My Favourite Game”, which both engage with duality in the span of one song. In fact, “My Favourite Game” is a highlight. Spot the jazz influences in this cohesive jam which lends each band member a chance in the spotlight.
Written with the impeding doom of a hangover, Hungover is urgent and reaching towards the chaos of being alive. This is an EP that shows that Psychocide know what they’re about — even if it’s playing in the space between consciousness and intoxication.