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The Psychotic Monks are a band that fleet between the contortions of The Jesus Lizard, the looseness of Sonic Youth, the malevolent electronics of Throbbing Gristle and the organic pulse of Dublin’s Gilla Band, but ultimately create something that feels of their own. The band themselves specifically left space for “accidents” in the writing process. Taking inspiration from Francis Bacon when he said, “You can’t understand the accident. If you could understand it, you’d also understand the way you were going to act. But the way you’re going to act is unforeseen.” The band experiments with structure and textures, including silence and the importance of when not to play.
After two fiery albums, Silence Slowly And Madly Shines in 2017 (Alter K) and Private Meaning First in 2019 (Vicious Circle / FatCat Records), the members of The Psychotic Monks have never ceased to impress us with their maturity and determination to offer a singular stage and discographic presence.
Their 3rd album, Pink Colour Surgery, has been released on February 3rd 2023 on Vicious Circle / FatCat Records. The album is produced by Daniel Fox of Gilla Band and composed in part by improvisations, and arrives as an act of resistance to the ambient violence. Disconcerting at first sight, this new opus operates in the dark a surgery of the ethics which is fleshed out of pink for a staggering metamorphosis. Its very structure embarks us entirely in an initiatory trip full of secret corners, provided that we accept to dive into it, to plunge into it.
Yet radical, Pink Colour Surgery work is truly accessible to those who immerse themselves in it in depth. One is unceasingly hypnotized, shaken, because its soul flirts dangerously with a furious and oppressive trance. How then the journey becomes addictive, letting yourself slide from one track to another, sometimes struck, sometimes set ablaze with an unexpected epiphany, because its light irradiates us. Live their music is an intimate, sensory experience, whose deflagration is still received long after.
Pink Colour Surgery is like a hidden room in a house that we have never entered before, and the possibility of feeling good there is not excluded.