Forming in 2011, Stock-on-Trent band Psyence formed with four ex-schoolmates looking to create some colour and escapism in a strong work-class area. After changing rhythm guitarists and drafting in a keyboardist, PSYENCE entered the ring comprised of Steve Pye (lead vocals and guitars), Jamie (Jay) Bellingham (bass), Joe Walsh (drums), Ben Nixon (keys and synthesisers) and Jamie Cartlidge (rhythm guitar and vocals).

Psyence released their new EP ‘Reality or Design‘ on 19th March, preceded by album opener ‘Dirty Gonzo’. A high octane surge of energy and raw DIY sound that creates a wall of sound with a thumping bass groove that drives through the song. The five-track EP is made up from recent singles ‘Tusk’ and ‘Retrospect’, new single ‘Dirty Gonzo’ and two other songs, ‘Marmalade’, a long time live favourite and a largely instrumental track ‘The Stranger’.

“Reality or Design? Says it all really doesn’t it? Has this past year been real? Or is it just some hellish nightmare we’re all gonna wake up from soon? 2020 was without a doubt one of the toughest years many of us have ever experienced. Within our families and friends there have been loved ones lost and new lives born, no gigs allowed, plans re-arranged, and then changed again. 

In the void and when we were allowed to do so we re-grouped in our studio, which has become our safe haven from the madness. We immersed ourselves in creation, experimenting with our music, writing new songs, searching for the path forward. So we now proudly present to you our new five track EP, our response to a frustrating year for most and question once more, Reality or Design?” – Pysence

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Written by: Stuart Daley