Psychic Ills ‎– Dins

The Social Registry ‎– TSR024
CD, Album, Digipak

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1 East 1:39
2 Electric Life 5:26
3 Untitled
Effects [Stereo Parametric Equalizer] – Charles Burst
4 January Rain 5:38
5 Inauration 1:57
6 I Knew My Name 8:33
7 Witchcraft Breaker
Horns – Jesse Trbovich
8 Another Day Another Night 8:08

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  • Barcode: 656605702421
  • Matrix / Runout: 0AM16<7205>TSR024
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L481
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI8112

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TSR024 Psychic Ills Dins(LP, Album, Ltd, 150) The Social Registry TSR024 US 2006 Sell This Version



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April 13, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

When this album surfaced I was made keenly aware of the songs “Another Day Another Night,” and “January Rain,” both lush and beautifully intoxicating … though neither is in keeping with the rest of this release, with both songs resounding with the smoother more floating albums Hazed Dream, One Track Mind, or Inner Journey Out.

Up until now, Psychic Ills had been a live band only, and if you were lucky enough to catch them at a club where their music could have been described as being liquid metallic, then you knew there was something great in their future, though they’d yet to establish just what that was going to be. Dins contains nothing formless, nothing submerged, coming off as a bit complicated around the edges, or perhaps more at the the heart of the material laid down here. If I may [?], Dins comes at you, all arms and legs, filled with youthful exuberance, so willing to please, yet lacking in control, filled with sudden spurts of energy, aimless undefined chaos, totally lacking in foreplay, and steadfastly focused on the climax.

Too much is delivered here in a small package, too much has been held over from their live post punk shows that were filled with so much psychedelic weirdness, tribal rhythms, nearly deafening drones, and improvisation, that it is impossible to find a comfortable spot to sit or stand, leaving listeners to pace, or find something else to do while this record plays on. Even with reverb soaked vocals and guitars, no discernible atmosphere blossoms, making me feel that I’m bouncing around in the back of small car on an unsound road, sure that the tires are going to bounce off at any moment. Yet again, it’s the songs “Another Day Another Night” and “January Rain” that kept me returning until those later albums were released, albums where I was hazed and washed, blessed with hypnotic emancipation, albums where I could add these two song to the end, and have a bit more smoothness, completeness, with albums that actually do sound sonically considered and complete.

I for one, enjoy private lysergic experiences, totally put off by the acid soaked brain of someone else, whose bizarre journey somehow includes trying to convince me of everything they’re seeing and hearing at once is a reality, burning up my precious moments with crazed freak-outs. Psychic Ills’ other EPs, singles and albums, other than those mentioned at the outset are much the same as this … so if it’s the high energy awareness that you’re looking for, then this, like albums by Hawkwind, might just fit the bill for you … but I’ll keep the heroin chic darkness of their more warm dispositions.

*** The Fun Facts: The word Din has several meanings that may apply here. The first revolves around any of a series of technical standard originating in Germany and used internationally, especially to designate electrical connections, film speeds, and paper sizes. The others suggest a jumble of loud discordant sounds, or to stun with deafening volume, and to instill a sense of wearying repetition.