It was in summer 2015 when the embryo of Psychlona first started to develop in Yorkshire in the north of England. Same old sketch – rehearse, rehearse ,rehearse, gig, gig, gig. Jump forward a couple of years (and 6 drummers later!!) to late summer 2018 and the now fully formed eight legged groove machine was releasing its debut album ‘Mojo Rising’ on Ripple Music and Cursed Tongue Records. The album was well received (sold out and went to re press) and live performances at events such as Desertfest London, Fuzztival Denmark and HRH Doom v Stoner Festival along with a European tour alongside Ripple brothers from another mother Salems Bend saw the band taking their sound to a wider audience.
Never a band to sit back and take things easy, writing for what would become the next album began in the winter of 2019. So the four disappeared into The Cave for the winter armed with beers, kebabs and a fistful of ideas for new music and didn’t emerge until the job was done in the early months of 2020. Bleary eyed in the early morning sun and with a desire to unleash the last few months efforts onto the unsuspecting public, 2020 was starting to shape up pretty good with performances at various Euro fests including Freak Valley Festival along with a UK tour and two European tours in the diary. Immediately prior to that, the recording of the new album was scheduled in for February/March. Recording started and then……along came the virus which threw a spanner in everyone’s works.
The band pushed as hard as possible to complete the album which eventually happened towards the end of April. Life in general was postponed until 2021 including all live performances (the festivals and tours will still be going ahead albeit a year later). The record however refused to wait and the eight track album ‘Venus Skytrip’ was released in August 21. It entered the Doom Charts in July before it was even unleashed then hit the number 1 spot in August. It topped many album of the year charts come December and secured the number 2 slot on the Doom Charts just edged out by the long awaited offering from Lowrider.
We’re beyond proud of this one. Comments we hear regularly at live shows mention the power of the sound and the energy in the performance. We believe we’ve captured that power and energy in this record.
So we’re proud of the album but more importantly we’re also proud to be members of the Ripple Music and Cursed Tongues Records families. There’s nowhere we’d rather be…..
So get yer trip on and head for Venus…….
Oh yeah – we’re still space truckin’ desert rockin’ kebab eating mofos so no change there.