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Psychostick Brings The Joy To The Borderline In London

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One of the great things about heavy metal is the ability to laugh at itself. Going back to the days of spoofs like Bad News and Spinal Tap to the more modern takes like Okilly Dokilly, Dethklok and Steel Panther. One of the most popular group of jokers in metal today is Psychostick of Tempe, Arizona (though drummer Alex "Shmalex" Dontre is Canadian.) Facing the task of celebrating Independence Day in London (which was continuously referred to as "traitor's day" by the crowd,) the band opted to perform without a support band and instead play two sets at The Borderline in Soho.

First of all, The Borderline is a very impressive venue. It comes across as somewhere between a jazz club and a love letter to Stanley Kubrick, drawing comparisons to the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange in the main area and a surreal lighting in the corridor leading to the toilets and backstage exit which was reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Drinks were also surprisingly cheap and the bar staff were superb. I personally would like more gigs to be held here in the future.

On to the main show however. Opening with "I Hate Doing Laundry" and "Obey the Beard," the small but enthusiastic crowd met the band with tremendous energy. A common segment of the night was encouraging fans to shout out names of songs they wanted to hear, with fan picks including "Sadface :(" and "This is Not a Song, It's a Sandwich!" Several other notable favourites were featured in the first set, including "Bruce Campbell" and the cover of the Kenny Loggins hit, "Danger Zone" (complete with Top Gun glasses.)

Another fun recurring segment was the use of Herb Albert's, "Spanish Flea" during between song banter, which often led into heavier tracks like "Because Boobs" and "Minimum Rage." The second set proved just as enjoyable as the first with such songs as "Dogs Like Socks" and "President Rhino," which was renamed on the night to "Die... a LOT!." Of particular note was "President Rhino," which was renamed tonight to "Prime Minister Rhino" and preceded with a short talk referring to President Trump, with singer Rawrb Kersey claiming, "I voted for the other guy." The fun never stopped from the beginning to end of both sets and Psychostick prove that they're, paradoxically, one of the few comedy bands to take seriously as they're solid musically and genuinely funny, something many bands try to be but often fail spectacularly at. Psychostick are effortlessly hilarious with good songs to back it up, don't miss them!

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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