Stoke on Trent Alternative rock quintet Psyence, released their new single Domino recently, showcasing a step up in their sound. The band’s eclectic sound pulls from all kinds of places, so we thought it would be fun to sit down with the band to discuss their top five albums.
We like to think we have a wide taste at MV, but these boys have us beaten. There’s plenty of music for us to check out here, for sure!
So let the boys, Steve Pye (guitar and lead vocals), Jay Bellingham (bass), Joe Walsh (drums), Ben Nixon (Keys) and Jamie Cartlidge (guitar and vocals), broaden your horizons.
TAME IMPALA – LONERISM
I fell in love with Tame Impala’s debut album Innerspeaker, and Lonerism was the second. It absolutely blew me away and resonates with me in a way that no record ever has done before, the sound and the production of it – how I can still listen to it now thousands of times later and hear things I’ve never heard before. This album is one that completely clears my mind, and transcends me into a totally different headspace altogether.
THE STONE ROSES – THE SECOND COMING
One of the best albums of all time right? Many people would disagree and say they preferred their debut album but not for me, I suppose I can get lost in John Squires guitar on this record, they took the word “swagger” to a whole new level for me on this, and an album that shaped my teenage years for sure.
ARCTIC MONKEYS – AM
The best Arctic Monkeys record for me by a country mile, I have loved them since day one as they blew up when I was in high school, but AM is the epitome of cool. So much space on this record, the way they drop it down to bass, drums and vocals combined with the whole imagery of the album and Alex Turner being in my opinion one of the greatest frontmen of all time – Magic.
POND – BEARD, WIVES, DENIM
I suppose we can thank this album for the reason why we started Psyence and gave us the sort of direction we wanted to head in – out and out riffs, from the first track to the last this album is filled with face melting riffs and gorgeous melodies – Allbrook’s scratchy voice is unbelievable. A massive inspiration for us still to this day, the base of all things Psyence.
PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS – HIGH VISCERAL (PT1)
As you can see by my list I’m a huge fan of Australian alternative rock, some scene they’ve got over there man. When I first heard PPC I couldn’t believe what was happening, it was as if Tame Impala and Pond had made a baby! These guys are absolutely excellent musicians and I’m proud to say that we have shared the stage together, a huge influence for me – and this album is about as epic as it gets.
Stream Domino here: