In an ocean of rock music aloofness, manufactured coolness and glittered naivety, Singapore Sling are one of the few truly teenage-hearted bands that can make some serious noise and get your hips shaking like it’s 1955. Their eighth album Psych Fuck is a dark and noisy exploration of rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia that would make a fitting soundtrack for James Dean’s death car.
The new album was originally planned to be released as Part II to their 2014 release The Tower of Foronicity. However during its inception it became more like an evil twin than a comrade, which is evident from the opening track “Dive In,” a Suicide-like nightmare spiced up with horror piano riffs.
Björnsson says, ‘I decided to call the album Psych Fuck because it’s much more ferocious and a lot more fucked up and experimental in the way I mixed it”. This is evident in the bouncy go-go rhythms overlaid with dark and noisy shoegaze fuzz, to evoke a mix of teenage despair and sex-spiked fun. Described by Pop Matters as ‘a soundtrack for future prequels to either Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs,’ the Singapore Sling sound combines the shambolic rituals of The Cramps, the apocalyptic neon landscapes of Suicide and the devilish cacophonies of White Light White Heat, which can be heard in the first single "AEJL".
Psych Fuck is released on vinyl, CD, digital and limited deluxe edition vinyl featuring silk screened cover art in reverse colours to the standard edition, and they're embossed, numbered and pressed on red vinyl.
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Singapore Sling was formed back in 2000 in the wild and darkness of Reykjavik, Iceland, by Henrik Björnsson who is also a founding member of Dead Skeletons and former member of Bang Gang. Since then the group has created a legacy of music described by Drowned In Sound as being ‘at the forefront of the new psychedelic explosion long before its current wave of popularity went stratospheric,’ and are cited as an influence by many of the bands operating in the scene today.