Psychic Teens

Philadelphia-based Psychic Teens have debuted their digital 7″ single, and while the trio is probably too old to get carded, I definitely want to poke around in their brains after hearing “Yung.” I mean, what on earth possessed them to emulate a Nirvana b-side, but then scrub out the pop and wash it with sounds of the original shoegazer scene? And then half-way through, they turn it into a noise punk blast that hearkens back to the AmRep days when bands would use a vacuum cleaner as an instrument. The track continues to exponentially rumble until it consumes all light and life and maybe even scares itself into ending. I can’t comprehend how they determined this would be a good idea, and yet, it’s really fucking awesome. “Cbbk” is a bit more straightforward, in that the abrasive blast is front and center, and rather than leapfrogging to a few different genres, just rocks all the way through. On both tracks the vocals have nice effects, though they’re mixed a tad low and fairly unintelligible. You only catch words here and there, but I’m almost certain the music IS the message, so I’ve got no qualms with being unable to decipher the lyrics. You can download the goods for free here, but please note you’ve already been warned/encouraged! – Mark H.

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