Mon 25 Apr 2011 to Sun 1 May 2011

by Cosmic Psychos

Beers in hand, twangs at the ready, the Cosmic Psychos are an Australian rock & roll institution.

Releasing their first album in 1987, this Melburnian crew have been tearing up stages around Australia and the world for almost two and half decades. Arguably one of the most influential bands of their time, the Psychos have influenced many of their better-known contemporaries including Mudhoney, Pearl Jam and even The Prodigy, who incidentally based their track ‘Feel My Fire’ on the Psycho’s own ‘Lost Cause’. The underground act even claimed influence on the 90s sound of Seattle and American grunge with Kurt Cobain, the Melvins and Stanners citing CP fandom.

With the release of Glorius Barsteds this month, the Cosmic Psychos remain as raw, spirited and vital today as they ever were.

Featuring stalwart member and heart of the band, Ross Knight, as well as new(ish) additions, Dean Muller (of rock gods, Hoss) on drums and John “Mad Macka” McKeering (of Brisbane slob-punk legends the Onyas) tearing it up on guitar, Glorius Barsteds is the strongest musical statement for these rock stalwarts in eons. With a real bottom-end oomph in production, wild six-string wah-wah action from Macka harkening back to their very early days with original guitarist Dirty, solid-as-a-rock skinsman beats from Muller and the usual array of hilarious, crude and insightful looks into aspects of contemporary Australian culture from Knight, this is a comeback well worth celebrating.

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