Psychic Teens Announce New Album NERVE
Due Out May 13th on SRA Records
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Psychic Teens, known for being one of Philadelphia’s loudest live bands, have channeled all that volume into something menacing yet thoughtful, shifting their tonality into something more cohesive, creating a set of songs that stand together as uniquely cinematic scenes to the bigger picture that is NERVE. To capture their live sound, the band reached out to Steve Poponi (Fight Amp, Into It. Over It), a producer already familiar with their raucous shows having mixed the band live on previous occasions.
“END,” the album’s closing track and first single is a brooding and catastrophic song that captures the band at their finest: dark, hypnotic, and fully immersed in swirling guitar noise. It’s slow burning and ominous with a claustrophobic feel only perpetuated by the themes of isolation and the hook , “I can’t leave the house.” In addition to NERVE, Psychic Teens will release two limited edition 7″ singles for “END” and “EVERYTHING,” all pre-order information can be found below.
NERVE is the third full length from Psychic Teens. Following 2013’s acclaimed COME,NERVE continues the evolution of the band as one of the most striking bands to emerge from Philadelphia’s burgeoning underground music community. Lyrically, the album centers around isolationism and anger towards one’s inability to exist amongst and relate to other people. “There’s a lot of ugly stuff here” shares guitarist/vocalist Larry Ragone. Psychic Teens blend their bleak post-punk and shoegaze influences together for something unforgivingly loud yet bursting with atmosphere and apocalyptic fury.
After releasing the single “FACE” with Reptilian Records in 2014, the band embarked on a short string of tour dates which allowed them to put the finishing touches on this new batch of songs in a live setting. The band then settled in at Gradwell House studio in early 2015 with Steve Poponi (Fight Amp, Into It. Over It.) to record what would evolve into NERVE.
With more focused songwriting and nuanced arrangements, the band expanded on the atmospheric and colossal guitar driven attack they have become known for. Poponi, who has mixed the band in a live setting, added and subtracted elements to help Psychic Teens shape-shift to create an album that satiates appetites for music that is both tuneful and gloomy while maintaining the band’s trademark overdriven and monolithic sound.
NERVE was mastered for vinyl and CD by James Plotkin (Cave In, Oxbow, Jesu) and features a stunning gatefold sleeve with original artwork from French illustrator Amandine Urruty.
04/30 – Jersey City, NJ @ Iris Records
05/06 – Lexington, KY @ Green Lantern
05/07 – Chicago, IL @ Permanent Records
05/08 – Columbus, OH @ The Summit/Cafe Bourbon St
05/09 – Pittsburgh, PA
05/10 – Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
05/11 – Ithaca, NY @ The Loft at the Chanticleer
05/12 – Dover, NH
05/13 – Boston, MA
05/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Idio Gallery
05/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (Album Release Show)