We wanted to have something special to celebrate a band that means a lot to us. Not only because we are following their career from the very beginning, but also because we call them friends. We will even go as far as to name them some of our favourite people on the planet.
Sometime in 2017 we walked into a gig not knowing who was on the bill and found ourselves mesmerised by a duo called As Mamas – consisting of a drummer and a guitarist. They produced some of the grooviest psychedelia we ever heard and that was a love at the first notes. Since then we have seen them at least ten times across West Midlands and hosted them on our blog in 2018.
In 2019 the band moved to Brighton, expanded to a five piece and returned with a banger of a single – “Rocking Chair”. They are The Psycho Relics.
Official bio: The Psycho Relics are a garage rock n roll five piece formed and based in Brighton. Taking influence from the classic rock and psych bands of the 60s and the new age of fuzzed out garage revival. The band consists of Harrison Baird-Whitman (vox/guitar), Joseph Devine (guitar), Daniel Stirrat (bass), Ed Prideaux (keys) and Sam Morley (drums).
“Rocking Chair” may not re -invent the wheel but it ticks all the boxes for a great rock and roll song. It brings together all elements that make guitar music so appealing – the soul, the groove, the beat. It grabs you by the collar and shakes you out from the haze of indifference. You thought rock was dead? Well check again! The underground is bursting with talent, revitalized by the youth who picked up instruments and have something important to say.
The Psycho Relics brought psychedelic revival from Birmingham and made sure Brighton noticed. Their first gig sold out on the spot. The reviews for the single are only favourable. The word on the street is that the band has more material and gigs planned in the future and once the lock-downs are over they will hit the stages.
The buzz around Psycho Relics is undeniable. We wanted for a while to sit down with the band and ask them about the relocation, the new line up and the new material. After we sent the questions to Joe Devine and Harrison Baird-Whitman – they came back to us with a whole video instead.
So first time in the history of this blog we have a visual interview – and with people we truly adore to make things even more exciting! Please have a watch. It`s one hell of a ride. Joe and Harrison have wicked sense of humour, they love what they do and they have utmost respect for one another. Actually, they finish each other`s sentences. These are two childhood friends who went on to play the music and make history. And we will be tagging along on that journey, you can bet on it.
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“Rocking Chair” has received favourable reviews from blogs and music magazines:
We will be trying to catch The Psycho Relics live this year. And boy, this is gonna be legendary.
Big thank you to Joe and Harrison for being awesome. And without sounding cliche – we miss you like crazy.