Spontaneity and quirkiness run rampant throughout this record, and if you think after listening that you understand Montreal band Psychocide, you’re probably wrong.
Alcohol & Bad Decisions is a ten-track album by Psychocide that is unapologetic for its wackiness and peculiarities, all without sounding too off-the-rails. The band is controlled yet maniacal, boisterously showing off their eccentric personalities through their personal descriptions and art. And yet, the album has the feel of a group in total cohesion and ready for business, not just a ragtag group of drunkards playing for fun. Psychocide is here to play, and listening to Alcohol & Bad Decisions may end up being one of the better things you choose to do today.
The record opens with “Crazy Janet,” a raucous and punkish cut that kicks off the album with an angry and ruthless swagger. It transitions perfectly to track 2’s “Mary,” which also has an infectious and angry energy that is sure to be a fan favourite. The string line that melodically twinkles throughout the song is one of the track’s biggest points, with the listener sure to be enamoured by the melody’s eccentric charm
“Crossing Guard” rolls in with an audacious and fast-paced swagger, with Psychocide sounding cheeky in one of the album’s poppier cuts. It briefly dips into a surprisingly 80’s-esque melancholic interlude before slamming back into the band’s loud energy.
“Dear Alice” follows on track 5, being the first on the record to break 4 minutes. This one has a surprisingly angsty feel to it, allowing the cut to stand out amongst the rest of the album’s rough-and-tumble parade.
Psychocide then breaks out a more grungy flair with “Brotherman,” a gritty cut that sounds like it was pulled right out of a Nirvana record. “Paranoia” follows with one of the more nuanced songs on the record, with the band skillfully switching between cinematically quiet and loud moments before spiraling into a catchy and cathartic chorus. The song then later spills out into a surprisingly epic instrumental, complete with a wailing guitar solo that rounds out one of the record’s better written tracks.
The cheekily titled “Street Named Desire” sees Psychocide break out once again in their signature eccentric but brash pomp, with the track masterfully jumping between sections of borderline danciness and waves of adrenaline.
Psychocide ends on a victorious energy with “Breaking Bad,” the band ending with one of their more mature sounding tracks. “Breaking Bad” has a skillful instrumentation that is rounded together nicely by some excellent rock vocal productions, a catchy chorus, and another shocking instrumental interlude that will tear down the house.
Alcohol & Bad Decisions is a rowdy 10-track album that will surely kickstart Psychocide into high-gear. The quirky and rambunctious troupe comes out with a strong and confident energy that will leave listeners no choice to but join in on their party too. Skillful musicianship combined with an unusual charisma makes Psychocide’s debut rock album an absolute must-listen.
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