Premiere: Pyschic Selves - "Rider"
Brooklyn post-punk band Psychic Selves are about to follow up last summer's Lucid Night EP with a four-track Cassingle tape via Time Castle Records. Despite multiple lineup changes over the past year, the band has continued to grind through NYC basement shows & bar gigs, honing in on their sound & pinpointing exactly who they are. "Rider", the second single from the tape, is melancholic psych song carried by frontman Pepito Gomez's wispy falsetto & a reverberated guitar riff that recalls images of the desolate landscape in George Miller's Mad Max. The tubular guitar melody weaves through lanes, crosses dystopian state lines & drifts into haze of 60s-inspired psychedelic cacophony that shoegazers of the nineties & naughts might even salivate on their sneakers over. This is until Gomez pumps the breaks, settles the dust & coos "killing me won't solve anything".
Pep let us in on what inspired "Rider":
"I really wanted to write a song about the apocalypse... I was playing a video game called Fallout at the time, which takes place in this radioactive wasteland. The song is about trying to live in a world where you have to survive with mutants & the fuckin’ walking dead. It’s totally not relatable, but that's the point."
[Read our full interview with Pep from Psychic Selves here.]
The video for "Rider" [directed by Luke Carr] is a stoned collection of frames documenting the boys of Psychic Selves passing a blunt around, trudging through Brooklyn & hanging out at Rockaway Beach. If you're into skateboards, surfing or weed—this video might be right up your alleyway. Check it out below.