Today we get to meet a very cool band that hangs with our friends at King Pizza Records – Psychiatric Metaphors. I love this mix of psych and punk if you could pick the perfect band to open in front of a Ty Segall , Mikal Cronin or The Black Angels these guys would be my pick. So for any fans of Ty or Mikal, The Black Angels and let’s add Kurt Vile and The War On Drugs you are going to want to stop what you have planned for the next thirty five minutes while you get lost in the coolness of Psychiatric Metaphors
Meet – Psychiatric Metaphors (reprint from March 2015 due to a little confusion on my part)
Hi our name is….
People say we sound like…..
Psychedelic Garage Punk
Psychiatric Metaphors recorded material is made by myself, Sam Taylor. I write, record, and produce all recorded material on my own. Then there is a live band for Psychiatric Metaphors which consists of Sam Taylor – vox, guitar / Mike Nugent – drums / Mike Bongi – guitar / Patrick Brenner – bass
We are from…….
Originally all of us are from the LBI area in south jersey but I now live in Jersey City.
Who are some that have an influence on you
13th Floor Elevators, Thee Oh Sees, Jay Retard, The Black Angels, Meatbodies, Syd Barrett to name a few.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
We formed the live band July 2014 but I’ve been writing and recording music under the name Psychiatric Metaphors for about 2 years now. The live band ranges from 21 – 24 years old. The Psychiatric Metaphors live band consists of Sam Taylor – vox, guitar / Mike Nugent – drums / Mike Bongi – guitar / Patrick Brenner – bass
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
I (Sam) write and record all the recorded material myself and usually record in my apartment in Jersey City. I lay down one track at a time playing all the instruments. I mix the songs and pretty much do the whole process myself. Once it’s recorded my albums are put out by King Pizza Records based in Brooklyn.
your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll
Very happy with rock and roll . The garage explosion led by John Dwyre, Ty Segal, Jay Retard and many others alike has resurfaced an interest in raw 60’s style garage rock. The scene in California is huge with everything Burger Records is doing out there, but really all around the country bands are popping up with this great raw and melodic sound.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
Being musicians the number one challenge is not having a way to get your music out to people. I got really lucky one day, just emailing some labels I thought we’re doing things I wanted to be a part of, and Greg Hansen the leader of King Pizza Records, one of the raddest labels in the NYC area, dug my stuff and wanted to put out my first full length tape.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it ….
I’m a huge Syd Barrett disciple so London, 1966-67 is what I would pick to see the original Floyd line up at UFO Club
Who are all of you currently listening to
Parquet Courts is the best band out there today in my opinion. Other bands we’re into right now are Meatbodies, Fuzz, The Growlers, King Tuff, Cherry Glazer, Ought, Sum Voyager, The Omecs, The Mad Doctors, Night Beats, Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel, Holy Wave , I could go on forever….
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
Thee Oh Sees hands down because they put on the best live show out there right now.
My youngest son is 14 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
If you want to pursue music, you gotta put yourself out there, play shows as often as possible and put out new material as much as possible. If you work for it, and get your music out there people will notice if your doing something that’s good, you just gotta let them hear it, and not hold back.
the cool ass second album…