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Psychic TV

Drew Wiedemann

Psychic TV, Chandeliers, Radiant Devices 

When: Fri., July 22, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $25, $20 in advance
Formed in 1982 by Genesis P-Orridge and Peter Christopherson following the demise of their protoindustrial, minimal-electronics group Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV have long been an incredibly prolific, shape-shifting experimental collective doubling as an art project. Their monumental debut, Force the Hand of Chance, represented a massive departure from the eerie soundscapes of Throbbing Gristle, trading in a stark, chilling machine pulse for lush, melodic postpunk embroidered with heady new-wave and noise-rock passages. Psychic TV have undergone a lot of change over the last three decades, leaving P-Orridge as the sole constant member; phases of productivity (including a span in the 80s where 17 live records were released in a row, one per month) have been interspersed with long lulls of inaction (like when P-Orridge “retired” from touring in 2009) while collaborations with members of Coil, Bauhaus, and Soft Cell piled up. Psychic TV’s most recent studio record, 2014’s tribute to voodoo culture Snakes, is a sparse, beat-heavy affair that sounds more like Throbbing Gristle than any record thus far. This is the band’s first tour since that album, though in January they released a mixtape of demos, live songs, and outtakes called Fishscales Falling: A Smorgasbord Ov Delights—and a reissue of Force the Hand of Chance is coming at the end of summer (they’ll perform it in full during LA’s Beserktown II Festival in a few weeks). A new album, tentatively titled Alienist, is slated for this fall, so at this show you can expect a nice mix of old and new weirdness.
— Luca Cimarusti
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