N.Y.C.'s (and NOW LOS ANGELES’) Bloodiest band and the Bastard Sons of The King hisself, PSYCHO CHARGER, deliver an Ultra-Horrific death-march thru the rotting R'n'R graveyard that's been described as "Horror Rawkillbilly"!!! Digging up influences from psychobilly, industrial, punk, surf, and gothic, these N.Y.C. psycho-rockers provide a horror-influenced, mutant cross-bred psycho-industrial-rawk assault that kicks and flails like a pissed-off two-headed bastard child at a family reunion!!! This is truly evil heavy-twang hell rock from the righteous side of the Devil's trailer park!!!
Founded a few years back in the sin city section of N.Y.C., PSYCHO CHARGER quickly obtained a firm foothold in the NYC music scene by playing a regular string of live shows, most notably the "Grave Rockers" and "Gothabilly" showcases. With each show, the band witnessed show attendance increase due in equal parts to their unique mutant cross-bred sound and "Horror-themed" live shows consisting of "Satanic Terrorists", "Ghost Warrior", and "The Blood Feast Show"! Notoriety of the band increased when some shows resulted in visits by the NYPD and/or the NYFD Fire Marshall!!!
Realizing it was time to move onto new territory, the band relocated to Los Angeles in August 2011, the band is quickly entrenching themselves in the L.A. music scene.
PSYCHO CHARGER is a very hard-working band, who have played over 100 shows a year since 2004. This string of live shows has led to some pretty interesting circumstances for the band ranging from the ill-fated impromptu gig on the rooftop of CBGBs, being denied access to Canada, and touring with a live goat in the van.
The latest release, "Spawn of the Psycho" is a continued progression and expansion of the band’s unique sound and consists of 11 tracks of all-new material. immy Psycho, the “main mind” behind Psycho Charger, says about the new release: "We’ve always thought of ourselves as a ‘Horror Rock’ band more than anything else...and yeah, we have those influences of psychobilly/rockabilly surf, etc...but we didn't want to record the same album two or three times in a row. As always, we are up to something whacky and trying new things... we really wanted to reach out and set ourselves apart, put our own imprint on things. Moving to LA (from N.Y.C.) really brought about a new vibe and new influences as to what we're up to. Without a doubt, this is the most diverse series of recordings we’ve done to date...it’s almost schizophrenic!"
In addition to the full-length releases, PSYCHO CHARGER has also appeared on nearly twenty compilation CDs, including Rue Morgue Magazine’s “Hymns from the House of Horror”, the Skully Records "Gothabilly" Series, and an appearance on Horror High Records "Prom Queen Massacre", which also includes narration by Wednesday 13. For the complete list of releases, visit the Psycho Charger DISCOGRAPHY.
The past year has been very busy and productive for PSYCHO CHARGER: recording new songs for films and special projects, two new music videos , the release of the 7" "I Kissed The Joker"/"Batman Theme", and
In the time the band has been together, they have participated in a series of TV spots for Spike TV's "Best of Bond" and appeared in many national magazines such as Rue Morgue, Ol’ Skool Rodz, Drop Dead, Girls and Corpses, and Virus Magazine (Germany). Psycho Charger have also played many high-profile events such as Rue Morgue Magazine Festival of Fear, Spooky Empire Horror Convention, The Psychobilly Luau, Dragoncon, Monstercon, Drop Dead Music Festival, Halloween Hell, The Halloween Hootenany and their usual appearances at "Heavy Rebel Weekender" , "ElvisFest", and the Ink N Iron Festival.
Feeling a true kinship to independent film makers, PSYCHO CHARGER has contributed music to many independent film releases. Past films include the Hot Rod Girls Save the World, It Came from Tralfalgar soundtracks. "American Rumble", "God of Vampires" , and "American Scary (a documentary that "looks at the nation's tradition of television's horror hosts from Ghoulardi to Ghoul-A-Go-Go. The film also features interviews by Joe Bob Briggs, Tim Conway, Vampira, Zacherely, & Leonard Maltin).
Psycho Charger’s song “Invasion of the Ballsnatchers” has appears on the soundtrack for the film “Night of the Demons”. The band appeared alongside Type O Negative, Concrete Blonde, 45 Grave, and TSOL on the official soundtrack release.
The band has also written original songs at the request of film makers, including an eerie verison of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" fr the film "Fractured", "Chillerama" for the film of the same name, ”The South Will Rise” for 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams", the theme song for the animated series “Sadistik”, "CHILLERAMA”, directed by Adam Green, Tim Sullivan, Joe Lynch, and Adam Rifken, and most recently, a twisted version of "Swing Low" for the psychological thriller "Schism".
PSYCHO CHARGER has recently finished a music video for the original song “I Kissed The Joker", a song written for the upcoming documentary "The Devil's Dance".
Currently, PSYCHO CHARGER is now calling Los Angeles their home, having relocated from NYC. in 2011..the band is continually working hard and keeping busy with practice, writing new material, and playing a regular schedule of live showcase gigs in and out of town, including recent outings to promote their new CD. In August of 2015, long-time friend Josi Kat to perform a psycho-charged version of The Ramones song "Pet Sematary" for the Horrorhound Records "It's Only a Movie..." compilation. A few live shows followed, and now Josi is regular featured performer who often fronts the band, putting a whole new dynamic twist on the live show!
PSYCHO CHARGER has shared the stage with a variety of music notables, including X, The Bronx, The Aggrolites, The Klingonz, Guana Batz, Horrorpops, The Dwarves, Pigface, Deadbolt, Los Straitjackets, Misfits, Nekromantix, Demented are Go, The Riverboat Gamblers, Nashville Pussy, Lene Lovich, Cruxshadows, Voltaire, The Electric Hellfire Club, The Gore Gore Girls, The Independents, the Swingin' Neckbreakers, Andre Williams, Rudy Ray Moore, El Vez, Man or Astro Man?, Agent Orange, The Mad Daddys, The Misfits, The Hillbilly Hellcats, Hi-Fi and the Roadburners, Link 80, the Belmont Playboys, new alt-rockers Dishwalla, and the legends Link Wray, Robert Gordon, and Ronnie Dawson.
Spawn of the Psycho is the follow-up to the bands previous independent releases
Curse of the Psycho and Mark of the Psycho. Both CDs were very well received and continue to generate new fans and new sales. For reviews, click here!
While still being top-ranked band on the Reverbnation Charts for rockabilly/psychobilly bands in Los Angeles, Spawn of the Psycho finds the band exploring new territory, at times far from the limitations of the genre.
Always an incredibly dedicated and hard-working band, Psycho Charger plans to tour in support of the release. Details to follow.
Psycho Charger is currently available for interview.