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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW STOKE BAND PSYENCE

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

Thanks for having us.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I suppose you’re either into it from a really young age or you’re not, and all of us have grown up since we were kids listening to all kinds of music, then when you become a young teenager you kind of want to play an instrument and see how that goes – that’s how it was for us anyway.

Introduce us to all the members and your musical history.

Steve Pye (Pye) – Frontman and Guitarist, played guitar since the age of 11 and started singing at about 18 or so.

Jay Bellingham (The Colonel)  – the Bassist, played bass since about the age of 16.

Jamie Cartlidge (Carty) – The guitarist, played guitar since the age of 14.

Ben Nixon (Pig) – Synth/Keys – was originally a bassist for years but decided on a change of instrument at the age of about 20.

Joe Walsh (Gonzo) – The drummer, started drumming at the age of about 14. 

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?

It’s difficult to tell really, for every one good thing that happens to the band there might be twenty knockbacks that people don’t know about so you have to really take the rough with the smooth, the highs are intense and the lows can be equally as intense so learning to adapt to that is a difficult process, well it has been for certain members at times anyway! We feel we’re doing ok but as a band, we always want more and that’s how you become successful is by working hard and never giving up, going through a good spell right now on the back of a sold-out hometown show and our second album L.I.F.E (Lessons in Forgetting Everything) seems to be going down well so can’t complain too much right now.

Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories? 

Jay loves aliens and is into all kinds of weird shit, he’s a total fucking freak actually and we’re convinced he’s got people in his shed.

Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in Stoke-On-Trent?

The Underclass, Shader, Camens, Darla Jade, Lissy Taylor, Onyda, Formal Sppeedwear, Black Coast, Kira mac, Cam Pye.

What advice would you give other artists starting out?

I don’t think we’re in a position to give advice just yet! I suppose something really broad and cliché would be don’t give up and lose sight of why you started in the first place, but who are we to give advice? Do what you want man.

Did you buy anything you didn’t need during the pandemic?

Excessive amounts of alcohol that in hindsight we didn’t need but at the time felt it was essential.

Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about. 

Pye has got a 2-year-old son called Charlie.

Jay hasn’t left his street in 4 years due to fear of meeting ‘People’.

Gonzo is banned from every pub in Stoke On Trent.

Carty has never been on time for anything in his life apart from photoshoots, what does that tell you?

Pig is also a well-established promoter in Staffordshire and runs a successful festival called Your City that is growing each year, he also has interests in the far east, picking mushrooms in the early hours of the morning, and eating wild trout out of the river Trent.



If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it? 

Alternative riff orientated rock music was born in the concrete jungle that is Stoke On Trent.

What do you think makes Psyence stand out?

We have always stayed true to what we love and never tried to be too commercial or that face that fits, it’s about them halftime drops and scorching riffs – cuz that’s what we love doing. We like our music to be breakneck.

What can you tell us about your new album ‘Lessons In Forgetting Everything’?

Its 10 tracks touching on all relatable things for us such as mental health, where we’re from, relationships, and how things were in covid – because that’s when the majority of it was written (when we were allowed to meet at least) some of its angry, some of its sad, some of its sexy.

Talk me through the thought process of the new album.

Hmmmm, the writing process always remained the same, Pye would have a riff or an idea from home, bring it to the band, and then everyone would have input until it ends up in the form that you hear it now. Then we fine-tune everything over a period of time, also a lot of mad stuff comes into effect when it’s actually recorded because you have far more means of accessing sounds and effects so it’s an absolute buzz when we’re in full recording.

What was the recording process like?

Tiring, but also very exciting and loads of fun. In the studio, it’s the only time you get to fully delve into the weirdest and most creative aspects of our psyche. This is mainly because as referenced in the previous answer, there is finally access to a whole array of sounds, and effects – things can be layered 15000 times if we wanted them to be, whereas when playing live (although that’s equally as much of a buzz in a different way) you’re restricted to the instruments you have to hand.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Discipline really, if that makes any sense – the beauty of a song is fitting an array of different sections whilst keeping it all coherent and sensical in a 2-5 minute body of work (don’t me wrong we’re all for a 25-minute pink Floyd tune as well as music is totally subjective to what people are into) but generically speaking, structuring it and learning when to put more in, put less in, leave space, do little bits – it’s art man.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Not one thing, absolutely proud of this record and we hope people enjoy it.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Come catch us at a show near you soon, say hi – let’s have a beer.

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