The Psychotic Monks

The Psychotic Monks

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A radical band building walls of sound with abrasive guitars


by Noémie Lecoq
10 April 2019

They don’t want a frontman, nor do they need one. They don’t like the verse/chorus structure in their songs, nor do they need it. On their Facebook page, they list Francis Bacon as their main influence and “post-George Orwell” as their genre. Hailing from Saint-Ouen, in the northern suburbs of Paris, The Psychotic Monks are not afraid of being different and doing things their way. The four members of the band got together in 2015 and since then they have never stopped evolving around the endless possibilities of rock. Psychedelic rock, garage rock, post-rock, post-punk, experimental rock and noise rock are some of the styles they like mixing in their songs – a diversity which is reflected on their first album, Silence Slowly And Madly Shines (2017), and in their live performances. Their many shows and tours have earned them the reputation of being an amazing live band.

The Psychotic Monks are going to release their new album, Private Meaning First, in late March 2019. This second album is divided into two chapters of four songs each, followed by a 15 minute epilogue. Their new songs take tension and intensity to the next level. From time to time, their electric storms calm down and the musicians briefly find peace, before chaos starts again. Their dark, radical songs are particularly spectacular on stage, and the band’s recent performance at the Trans Musicales festival in Brittany, in December 2018, was one of the most memorable shows of the festival.

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