Posted in music | pictures on January 3, 2012

words by Lauren Jackson, photos by Greg Cristman

Psychic TV @ Europa
Psychic TV

Psychic TV assembled something of a hodgepodge of people sporting vampire fangs, black clothing and, of course, a fair share of pale, sad faces at Europa on December 15th (one of three December PTV shows. The other two were in Chicago and Austin).

An attendee with no previous knowledge of their legacy might think they were in for a dark and dismal performance, but this latest manifestation of the experimental outfit was undoubtedly more colorful than the people in attendance. Although the band played a set of entirely new songs, the crowd (and I, alike) thoroughly enjoyed the psychedelic spectacle on stage. Through guitar solos and graphic projections, the focal point of the set was always on Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, the only remaining original member.

Genesis conducted the band like a cult ceremony - frenetic at times with vaguely epileptic gestures, and subtle at others. They performed all new "deeply psychedelic" material. Pairing that along with Genesis' heavy presence and ten minute guitar solos, it was easy to fall into a trance. Watching them perform, I was hardly aware of where I was or what was going on, but kept focus solely on how elastic the music sounded.

It was a peculiar follow to the two opening bands, Cult of Youth and Bryin Dall. The night started strong with Cult of Youth performing an impassioned neofolk set that felt more like a sermon than a performance, thanks to frontman Sean Ragon. That fire sputtered a bit with the solo set by Genesis's Thee Majesty band-mate Bryin Dall, but came back strong during the Psychic TV experience.

I suspect it's not the Psychic TV many hoped to see, but the night left me satisfied.

More pictures and setlists, below...

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Cult Of Youth Setlist:
Cats
Freedom path
Golden Age
New West
Cold Black Earth
Pole-Star
EihwaPsychic TV
Devil's Coals
Fela Kuti
Thriller

Bryin Dall Setlist:
The Life And Death Of Jordan (World premiere- live soundtrack)

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Comments (24)

Psychic TV's opening and closing tracks weren't new material. They were Hawkwind covers of Silver Machine and Hurry On Sundown.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 1:35 PM

The merch was a rip-off.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 1:42 PM

How carefully you avoided gender pronouns . . .

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 2:05 PM

dude looks like a lady

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 2:09 PM

"An attendee with no previous knowledge of their legacy might think they were in for a dark and dismal performance, and perhaps even those without previous knowledge thought the same thing"

Does anyone edit this blog??

Posted by ME | January 3, 2012 2:16 PM

Terrible writing. And yes PTV opened and closed with Hawkwind songs. Hardly anyone in the audience knew those songs. Of course the place was full of hipsters (I saw zero goths there) who don't know jack shit, like the author of the review. For example, the drummer Edley and the bass player have been in Gen's band for some years now.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 2:31 PM

Genesis is royalty and I consider her a genius.
That said
This whole night was so terribly BORING!
The Hawkwind cover was great.
But the rest of that set was dirgy wah wah pedal psych noodle fest.
Long dirgy songs with no pay off. I was really falling asleep.
And I was really ready to be psyched.
If Genesis wasn't fronting this band, no one could/would pay attention.
I don't like saying that.
They can't all be home runs.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 2:51 PM

Come on, ease up on the writer. Middle School is tough enough already.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 3:07 PM

WOW! What a piss-poor and WRONG review! Although I haven't liked PTV in a while, I think their new line-up is stellar! I felt like I was tripping! I loved the music, the visuals and the performance! I only wish Genesis would continue to move forward and not re-tread old genres.

Having said that, my favorite current Genesis stuff is Thee Majesty. It sounds and feels like the natural progression for Genesis. If Throbbing Gristle had stayed together and continued to evolve, I think it would sound a lot like TM.

Back to the review . . . I liked Cult of Youth. They sounded like a cross between The Pogues and Death in June. Weird cross, but seems to work.

When Bryin Dall took the stage solo with his film, I had no idea what to expect. It was powerful, creative and went places that the "bands" of the night could not go. Blending noise and beats, it reminded me of the Thee Majesty album, Vitruvian Pan. I loved the film, too. The graininess and feel of super8 film fit perfectly with the sounds created. If Genesis was doing vocals on this, I probably would have left before PTV.

Great pics!

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 3:42 PM

The years have not been kind to Courtney Love

Posted by Blag the destroyer | January 3, 2012 3:44 PM

I think the reviewer should stick to mainstream crap because he/she doesn't have a clue and even made shit up.

My review of the night:

Cult of Youth: Walked in about 1/2 way through their set. I don't understand the appeal of a band ripping off other bands so blatantly. Douglas P should be honored.

Bryin Dall: Fucking amazing. This guy made the film we were watching and scored it live. He had an incredible stage presence and made sounds I never heard before. After reading one review, I now know that he's in Thee Majesty. Expect me at those shows.

PTV: 70's prog rock. Been there. Done that.

Genesis, if you read these reviews, WAKE UP! I love you because you've always broken new ground. This band could have been around in the 70's and got lost with all the other bands that sounded like this. I'll check out Thee Majesty (especially since it supposedly sounds like evolved Throbbing Gristle). TG=TM? I hope it's true and that you're evolving with something!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 3:56 PM

Was Lauren Jackson at the show or did she write the review based on the photos? She's obviously friends with Cult of Youth and has no clue when it comes to something original. What a shame that the only review of the night I can find is this clueless rambling.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 4:04 PM

Thoroughly enjoyable show. I dig the new material such as Alien Sky. Apart from some over-doodling by the young guitarist (who is super talented but took the focus away from P-Orridge) I think there is a new direction with the psychedelic space rock PTV is doing - it has a certain dangerous immensity about it with the application of a kind of terrifying mysticism from essoterrorist Gen. The drummer is fantastic also, bringing primal energy. I also got a drumstick :).
Dall's set was mesmerizing and very noisy chaotic, I like very much. The opening band did seem to be just borrowing from other groups like Death in June.
It helped also to have films of stars and interstellar space behind PTV too. Genesis is enjoying himself and I sure went along for the ride, in a silver machine! And yeah the review is ok but she seems to have not been there but heard from a friend.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 5:32 PM

"it has a certain dangerous immensity about it with the application of a kind of terrifying mysticism from essoterrorist Gen"

I think the review stinks as well. Most of the reviews of shows on here stink though and are written by amateurs with little to no knowledge of music or english. Having said that, 5:32, when you write something like what is quoted above you lose the right to critique others. You are just as much of an idiot as Lauren.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 5:43 PM

Hardly anyone in the audience knew those songs. Of course the place was full of hipsters...GoodWork!

Posted by Massagista | January 3, 2012 5:46 PM

fuck CoY, cryptofascist bullshit. No one would give half a fuck about your dogshit band if you didn't try to be provocative by being more boring than dij.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 6:04 PM

Very impressed w Thee Majesty. would love to see Gen do more TM shows.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 7:35 PM

Yeah Whatever

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 10:19 PM

This is not a woman. This is a man who cut off his ding-dong and now puts on lipliner. Refer to him as a male... Not a female.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 10:50 PM

Has Been.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2012 8:39 PM

I love Psychic TV!

Posted by Psychic | January 8, 2013 5:54 AM

looks wicked wish I was there

Posted by jordon | August 9, 2013 7:20 PM

Sean from Cult of Youth is a bourgeois poseur from Cambridge, MA. He came to the city to play punk. Just a spoiled rich kid slumming it.

Posted by Donald | August 5, 2014 6:24 PM

Donald, I don't think being broke is a requirement for being punk, how many train hopping crusties w iphones do you see daily?

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2014 5:15 PM

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