Ok! Pay attention: The Psychøtic Reactiøn come from Whitstable in Kent, where we bring truth, beauty and noise terrorism to a tiny local music scene of erratic quality; playing gigs wherever we can and recording as often as possible. Despite being plagued by untold cock-ups and disasters (imagine living in a Peanuts cartoon written by Samuel Beckett. Forever!), we have occasionally touched the sublime (cough) and are Whitstable's greatest-ever band, and no, not just by default either. On first sight we may well resemble two librarians and a road mender, but we are in fact torch bearers for the future of rock 'n' roll. Submit!!.. .... So: Indie is dead: Long live the Gentleman Amateur! If push comes-to-shove, I suppose we could be called 'indie', but in the true, original sense of the word; NOT the pre-packaged, market-orientated stuff that passes for it these days, and NOT shockwave-sponsored, NME-endorsed pretty boys either - to be sure, these people are the enemy. We are hairy-arsed, goggle-eyed, gangling, interestingly ugly, MEN (with occasional assistance from one or two women) and all but one of us is a speccy bugger to boot. We eschew all 'product', although we wash occasionally, cleanliness being next to godliness). We treat trends and fashion with the contempt they deserve, though occasionally fashion chimes with some of what we do ('if you wait around long enough...' etc). By and large we are stubborn and bloody minded. So there... .... Wain'tnt been to no Brit School!!!. We like to try and mix the weird with the poppy and the impromptu with the measured, ideally within the same song. The key elements are avoid-the-cliché sounds and arrangements, distinctive melodies, 'genre-splicing', our old friend ear-splitting feedback, unusual guitars and a frightening array of effects pedals (It's all-or-nothing with FX!). All of this is maintained on a minuscule budget. Some have called us Outsider Music, but I think we've evolved beyond that. These days, we prefer the label 'Gentleman Amateur' to 'indie' as that has now become as debased a term as 'punk', another worn-out label we've discarded!.. ..Live gigs are noted for their unhinged abandon. We are capable of nosebleed-inducing rock 'n' roll chaos, introspective acoustic textures and all points in-between. As well guitars, drums, amps, fx and vocals, we have, with some assistance, employed banjo, harmonium, accordion, piano, mandola and organ. We know no bounds!! We usually materialise as a three piece, though reduced solo/duo versions are unleashed on special occasions, sometimes featuring acoustic (!) guitar or keyboards (originally this was usually to get around volume restrictions or the two-in-a-bar rule...)... ..Yes, we took our name from the Count 5 song. We never did sound much like them, although our forerunners, The Psychotic Mushrooms, used to cover the song live. It does confuse some folks who expect either retro-revival cobblers or death metal, and I wondered for a while (very early on, when we weren't gigging and it was purely academic) if it was the 'right' name but Brother Dave, in his infinite wisdom, said it had to be. Why? 'Because we're reacting against shit music''! So there you have it..... It's A Small Town....... Whitstable is only 55 miles from London but in musical terms it might as well be on another planet, although we play in London as often as the Reactionmobile allows. As well as various corners of Kent and the scary big smoke of London, we have played in many parts of the UK, making repeated visits to Southampton, Manchester, Edinburgh and even the Isle of Thanet. We've even made it to New York (twice!). We've shared stages with a vast array of groovy people and we won't hesitate to drop their names!: Dr Dog, The Shortwave Set, Stealth Munchkin, Luke Smith & The Feelings, Billy Ruffian, Hexicon, Lol Coxhill, Black Market Karma, The Needles, Lost Sunday, Far Away Tree (now Cocos Lovers), Jeffrey Lewis, Lach, Regina Spektor, Spygenius, Robert Rotifer, the Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players, Picturebox and Somer, even 'X-Factor' Ben Mills, along with close relatives Das Zumas and The Reactor Core Is Splendid and seemingly every band signed to Filthy Little Angels. We've had the pleasure of playing to audiences consisting of folk as diverse as the late Bob Cobbing and Ellie Goulding (not the same gig, sadly...). We have sometimes put on our own band nights in the Whitstable locality with like-minded souls although we tend to find it a logistical headache too far. Leave promotion to the promoters... We've played the odd festival including Manchester MAPS, the New York Antifolk Festival and Canterbury's own Lounge on the Farm. We like contrast. We continue to be available for gigs, anytime, anyplace, anywhere! One of these days we will bust out of the ghetto and then the world will see our power. Resistance is futile... ....What does not kill you, makes you stronger...... So, a little history: due to the aforementioned untold woe and pestilence, line-ups have waxed and waned and recording has proceeded in fits and starts, but while living out the Dark Ages (i.e. The late 90's), we made a few EPs on ye olde cassette for our friends and/or carers. In 2000 we released a CDR mini-album They Live. This was an assortment of off-the-cuff (wrist?) demos released as much out of desperation as anything, but it attracted some strong praise (most notably from Dan Chinn) as well as some of the outright hostility we quickly became used to! We followed this with two more mega-rare CD EPs of demos and live tracks (An Introduction to.. and It Takes An Audience Of Dozens To Hold Us Back, in 2002 and 2003 respectively), before we released our first full length album-proper, Rumble, which finally came out at the start of 2004. This was recorded mostly on analogue 4-track at our own expense (as ever) and released on our own Gentleman-Amateur label (Seasalter Sounds..). After a slow start, it is now gaining recognition as an unmitigated copper-bottomed classic, although not everyone who hears it knows what to make of it! 'Think Bizarro meets the Replacements via Trout Mask Replica...' Some of our editorial decisions may have appeared odd to some people, but it was absolutely the album we wanted to make!.. ..Since then, we have survived ever-fluctuating line-ups, enforced housemoves, redundancies and financial meltdown. We made a Christmas single 'Goodwill To All Beings' in 2006 (and a new version for Filthy Little Angels in 2008). We made the well-received double-A side 'A Moment of Clarity'/ 'Overdraft Blues' and at the end of 2007 we released the offcuts from the same sessions as an EP, 'Genre Music Is the Enemy' (one of our many MC5/Public Enemy/Manics-esque psuedo polemical slogans; most hacks don't get it!). This recording was an experiemental process as it was, believe it or not, the first time the whole band had recorded together in a 'real' studio (as opposed to someone's garage), so essentially this is a grab-bag of odds & sods and 'B-side' candidates and if it sounds like we ran out of money before we'd finished recording, then it's no coincidence! However, Canterbury Student Radio once played it in it's entirety, so what do I know? The Future is Now!!!. After hectic on-off bursts of gigs and the odd minor purge of heretics we have finished another album. It includes 11 tracks including seasoned live favourites such as 'Barking Up the Wrong Tree', some 'lost classics' such as 'In Your Head', and some new songs- including 'Estuary Song', and 'Invicta'. The fates have deemed it shall be called 'I See Lights When I Close My Eyes'. Now that is available to download, we hope to record some singles and possible release some compilations of live material and various audio stragglers- possibly including our 2007 NY trip, our various CSR radio sessions (not all have been recorded) and alternate versions of existing songs. So there's plenty to keep us occupied, the only sticking points, as ever, are money and that slippery chimera known as time, but watch this space. .. Anyway, here are some quotes, all guaranteed 100% genuine and from folks with no vested interest or prior grudges:.. .. On 'Rumble' (an album):.. .. 'Rumble provided me with one of my most engaging listening experiences in quite a while.'- Liam McGrady, God Is In The TV.. ..'This album (Rumble) should stand as a shining example of what can be done with skill, talent, song-writing ability and a limitless amount of time for recording. This band shits out smart ideas, and nothing seems forced' - Andrew Culture, Beat Motel.. ..'It is the diversity between the warped ghostly instrumentals and dark sophisticated pop which keeps me captivated and engrossed in this deformed monster of an album. 'It's A Small Town' even delivers the classic that gives Rumble the great debut accolade...' - Joey Sandinista, Damn Pest.. ..'This is a band with talent, craftsmanship and something to say.'- Clare O'Brien, Subba Cultcha.. ..'These are the sort of people I wish were playing in the pubs round here rather than the endless Coldplay and Radiohead discipes that clog up the place.' - Jim, Paper Jam webzine.. ..'I'm a shrivelled cock's length away from having a psychotic reaction myself! Turn that shit off!' - Blank Stares & Cricket Claps.. ..'Badly played, badly recorded and badly produced' - Rough Trade shop.. .. On 'Genre Music Is The Enemy' (a supersize download EP):.. ..'Hand-Me-Downs (Made Me The Man I Am) is a terrific Sultans of Ping type thing. Very funny and good to dance to, what else do you want? The playful power-pop of Sheep shows a high level of musicianship that the band are often accused of lacking. Make no mistake The Psychotic Reaction really can play. They just don't always choose to...The NME must surely hate this band, which is exactly why I love them.'- Lobster Quadrille, 2008.. .. '...all seven tracks are by and large well below the standard needed to impress in this musical climate, and indeed below the standard The Psychotic Reaction's preceding reputation had me expecting. I'd like to see that line parade upon their next press release.' - Tim Miller, God Is In The TV.. .. 'The band seem to not want to give the impression that they care about what you think, they simply make music the way that they want. And, some of the time, this works a treat. 'Hand Me Downs (Made Me The Man I Am)' is a playful piece of nonsense that makes up for it's lack of subject integrity by placing it's tongue firmly into it's cheek and being about something rather charming. Likewise, 'Knickers In The Photocopier' is delightful in the sleazy bassline and juvenile backing singing that makes you feel blissfully dirty when hearing it. During these moments, you agree with the diktat laid out by the album's title ..(sic).....However, this feeling is short lived because, simply, the rest of the album ..(sic).. is a bland, torrid ..(sic).. affair with very few moments of class or flare ..(sic) .. .'- Room Thirteen .. .. '...I find it hard to pin point the band's exact influences - but there's a strong sniff of post-punk about the band - mix in a dose of noisy guitars and some 1960s psychedelic sounds and you've pretty much got what The Psychotic Reaction are about. The whole EP is available to download free from the band's Last.fm page - I'd start with the psychedelic sounding 'Somethings Got To Give' which seems to be haunted by the ghost of Syd Barrett. All in all, a decent little EP - without ever really hitting the heights I think the band may be capable of.'- Trev Lostmusic, IndieMP3. On 'A Moment of Clarity'/'Overdraft Blues' (download-only Double-A side):.. ..'Their veritable rainbow of sounds jumps out the speakers and gives a good impression of a multitude of bands playing at the same time in perfect harmony, it's magical and promising and this stand alone single 'A Moment Of Clarity' is the perfect way to fall in love with this band. It's not often that a band truly is this hard to define, but these Whitstable boys are doing a fine job of it.'- Ross Drummond, God Is In The TV.. ..'I was so damn sure from the name that this was going to be a metal fest that I almost got a new tattoo especially for it. And I probably should have got one because the three and a half minutes of sheer joyous pop that spouted forth would easily have soothed any pain away. It's a slow guitary start but then the simple organ sounds kick in and the whole kaboodle boils up like an over-heated pan of milk. It's playful and catchy and all the better for being DIY and a little bit rough around the edges production wise...Proving it's no fluke 'Overdraft Blues' is more leftfield but equally creative...it's bloody clever too. Who'd have thought such exciting things would come from Whitstable?' - tastyzine.org. On 'Goodwill To All Beings' (Download Christmas single):.. ..'Goodwill To All Beings is a Christmas single which breaks away completely from the usual 'winter wonderland' story that most of these seasonal songs take on. The sound is very distorted and it's difficult to make out what the singer is blabbering about but none the less, the track is tightly packed with racing riffs, catchy drum beats and of course, no Christmas song would be complete without the sounds of bells!' - Cherry Pullinger, AMPEDREVIEWS.NET.. On 'An Introduction to The Psychotic Reaction' (an EP):.. ..'A lot like I'd imagine a deranged monkey f***ing in your ears to sound. After all, didn't a lot of the musical (or artistic, or literary) greats do things that were considered, at the time, to be totally and utterly WRONG?'- Peter Carter, Fast Cow.. ..On 'They Live' (a Supersize EP):.. ..'The Psychotic Reaction exhibit total sanity...unfazed and unimpressed by the dream of pop music they're more likely to crack up laughing than buy into it in any way' - Dan Chinn, Misfit City. On gigs:.. ..'Like seeing the Clash for the first time!'- Rob, a punter, Canterbury.. ..'I think The Psychotic Reaction are definitely a band to see live, energetic and mad!' - Shoaib Mughal, Shepz.. ..And finally:.. ..'The Psychotic Reaction fail to match the inspired Magpie tendencies of their nomenclature with the insipid & truly dire 'It's A Small Town' - Trakmarx.. ..'The band see themselves as an Indie band without the NME sponsored hair cuts and silly clothes, but the sound they produce leans more towards good quality pop/punk tunes. They are definitely not afraid to experiment with different instruments which places them in a different league from other bands trying to do the same. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of these guys in the future.' - Cherry Pullinger, AMPEDREVIEWS.NET.. ..'And how can you not like a band that posts up all their bad press on their myspace page...A Moment of Clarity has an innocent charm to it...Only the very snootiest type of person won't smile when they hear the delivery. The sort who sends their food back to the kitchen. When they're in the staff canteen...They won't win everyone over, but the world needs more bands like the Psychotic Reaction'. - Lobster Quadrille. So, there you have it. That is all. Go forth and spread the gospel!! Sleep well.