Saturday, 12 December 2009
Mike Yannich has been in enough different bands that we could probably justify creating a new blog just to keep tabs on what he's up too. Currently at the vanguard of his post-Ergs! acts is Psyched to Die, a collaboration with former members of For Science and Fast Times, among others. Year One is a collection of the group's first three releases, comprising of a 2008 demo and a pair of 7 inches from '09. They plow through 15 tracks in a 30 minute thrash that draws heavily on the influence of '80s hardcore while maintaining the irrepressible catchiness that you'd come to expect from dudes with this kind of pop-punk pedigree. Lyrically, they are morbidly and delightfully over-the-top, with shared vocals by Yannich and bassist J Nixon raving about giving up and going out with a blast. I have no idea what the status of the group is now that Mike has left the Garden State for Minneapolis (they recently played a show at Jersey's Asbury Lanes without him), but they've made one hell of an early impression.
Download Year One
Visit their Myspace
Read an interview with Mike Yannich, published in May