The purveyor of avant-garde psychedelia and often experimental rock, Genesis P-Orridge is the English lead singer and songwriter and front man of Psychic TV which formed in the early 1980s. A founding member of Throbbing Gristle, the history of Psychic TV is marked with periods of key contributors that evolved their defining sounds with a multitude of band members and collaborators through the years. Psychic TV also holds a record for most releases in one year, according to Guinness Book of World Records. Their brand of off-color rock has kept a loyal fan base that will travel through fire and snow to see them play live. The Echoplex was ground zero for the return of one of L.A.’s favorite live bands as the venue was jam packed with fans looking for one more thrilling night with Psychic TV.
The night began with a rush of blood to the head with the electrifying duo, L.A. Drones (known as ‘Thieves’ in Spanish) and their wild and deafening live shows that leaves the spectators baffled. Kontrol Remoto and Darlington Brackets (pseudonyms) are the duo whose antics kept the audience second guessing what was next. Their sonic synth-pop pumped up the crowd into a frenzy and had them moving to the enormous beat. Remoto battered his saxophone while jumping back and forth between the keyboard and his cacophonous vocals. Brackets shattered barriers as the female lead in charge of the stage with a nonchalant look at sexuality. Brackets took the monotron instrument and pressed it against her crotch as she vibrated the distorted noise with an aggressive rubbing action. The music was hypnotic and dance-fueled as they exploded with the track “Magic” and had the four walls of the venue thumping to the dangerous beat. These two know how to put on a show that everyone will remember in this lifetime.
After the stage cooled off, P-Orridge made his way to the music stand with guitarist Jeff Berner by his side as they calmly began the show with “Translucent Carriage.” The crowd cheered the two on as the rest of the band made their appearance and kicked it off with “She Was Surprised.” On bass was the rocker Alice Genese, John Weingarten on keys and former Toilet Boys drummer, Edley Odowd. It was then off to the races as the unsettling psychedelic rock pounded at the cerebral cortex causing involuntary spasms from the audience. Lead guitarist Berner took the song “After You’re Dead, She Said” into another realm as he shrieked the high notes on the hauntingly superb track. It was a devastating blow to anyone expecting another rock show at the Echoplex as the band took no prisoners and laid to waste another excellent show. With a few live dates in the 2017, Psychic TV is looking to hold on to that magic that makes them an incredibly awe-inspiring band to witness live. Check their page for upcoming tour dates. Their latest album, Alienist, is worthy of a few listens on repeat mode.
She Was Surprised
Just Like Arcadia
How Does It Feel To Feel
Thee Starlit Mire
Burning The Old Home
After You’re Dead, She Said