Psychostick circa Sandwich. Left to right: Alex Priess/Dontre, Josh Key, Rob Kersey, Jake McReynolds, Jimmy Grant. Foreground: Logo. Background: Mascot.
An American comedic Metal band with strong influences from Alternative Metal, Hardcore, Nu Metal and Funk Metal; the band describe their music as "Humorcore". Formed in 2000, they became known to a wider audience in 2006 with the re-release of their 2003 debut album and have released two studio albums, along with two EPs (one of them a Christmas Album), since. They are also distinguished for their use of unusual wigs/hats and costumes, with lead singer Rob's spiked clown hat being the one constant.Discography:
We Couldn't Think of a Title (2003, reissued 2006)
The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride (EP, 2007)
I wanna grab 'em, I wanna shake 'em, I wanna nom nom! Because boobs. I wanna squeeze 'em, I wanna slap 'em, I wanna punch 'em! Because boobs.
Brick Joke: The first name suggested for We Couldn't Think of a Title at the beginning of the album is "The Flesh Eating Rollerskate". Their follow-up Christmas EP would be named The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride.
Buffy Speak: "For every spam you send me, I'm gonna... do something... like... really... not good!"
Butt Monkey: Alex, the drummer. Is nicknamed "The Boy", appears in the debut album insert wearing a cow pattern jumpsuit, complete with a plastic udder, and gets criticized and ignored by the other band members during songs and skits.
Chekhov's Gun: "Attempt at Something Serious" involves one of the guitarists, Jimmy, trying to "write a serious song", only to be constantly interrupted by the other band members, eventually telling them it will "sell them a million albums". It's followed by "#1 Radio $ingle", which they say in the song itself will "sell them a million albums" but is different from the one Jimmy was writing. That song turns out to be "We Ran Out of CD Space", which ends up not being very serious after all.
Cluster F-Bomb: "I like to yell things in the microphone! And say bad words: fuckity fucker!"
Also the entirety of "NSFW."
Concept Album: Though it doesn't comprise the album as a whole, 8note 10 if you count "Caffeine" and the fast food worker lament "Minimum Rage" of the 24 tracks on Sandwich are food-related and all appear in a (mostly) uninterrupted cluster within the middle of the album.
Hidden Track: The first of the band's recurringBlooper Reel segments appears at the end of We Couldn't Thing of a Title Track 18, "Fake My Own Death and Go Platinum", rather than as its own, individually labelled track on latter releases.
You see, I'm not just an average guy, I'm the singer from Psychostick! I shouldn't just have one chick, I should have a whole harem, and I shouldn't just have one harem, I should have 2, in every state! And each chick should be able to fly to Starbucks to get my mocha frappucino, and my chicks have Wi-Fi preinstalled! Really fast Wi-Fi!
Lighter and Softer: Most of Space Vampires vs. Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D has more pop-oriented song arrangements than the straightforward metal sound of the previous two albums and EPs.
Loudness War: Surprisingly averted; while the albums are still noticeably saturated, they're slightly less so than the majority of albums of the same time period and genre (the Replay Gain averages of all three studio albums are still in the single digit values, though Space Vampires comes startlingly close to breaking this like nearly all other popular music does). This goes especially for Holiday Joyride, which has a volume and sonic clarity reminiscent of the 1990s. And each one has very wide, natural dynamics, with the exception of Space Vampires which is more compressed than prior releases.
Malaproper: We Couldn't Think of a Title offers an unusual variant:
Alex: Here it is, here it is: Vulgar Display of Power!
"OnetimeyouwenttoMcDonald'sandgotsomefrenchfriessomeketchuppackageandyousatdowntoeatthembutyoucouldn'tgetthemopensoyouwenttothestoretobuysomescissorsbutdidn'thaveenoughtmoneysoyoustartedrunningtoyourfriend'shousetoborrowsomemoneysoyoucouldbuysomescissorstoopenupyourkatchuppackageandenjoyyourfrenchfriesmorefullybutthenjustbeforeyougottohisfrontdoorapianofellonyourheeeeeaaad... because you're duuuuumb!"
"Obey the Beard":
"Areyoustuckinthemiddleofnowhereandyouneedtomakeanimportantphonecallbutthebattery'sdeadandyoucan'tfindanoutlettopluginyourcharger? ...Grow a beard!"
MST3K Mantra: Invoked in "It's Just A Movie, Stupid", though the song itself doesn't follow this advice.
Mundane Made Awesome: Most of the band's music in general invokes this, with "Shower" being the penultimate example.
So remember the next time you forget What you're sayin' in the middle of a sentence- Don't strain your brain to remember the word Instead look 'em right in the nose and Tell 'em that the answer is: "PLUH!"
Power-Up Food: You probably never realized how awesome a fruit an Orange is!
Matty: ...freaking wearing viking helmets and they're... Josh: Ah ha ha! Matty: ...like shooting lasers at each other. Josh: It's awesome. Matty: And it's like, it's just fucking epic, dude! And did you, did you see the one where like, the guy has the vacuum cleaner and he's like... Josh: No... Matty: ... runnin' over the, uh... Josh: Dude... Matty: ...running over the rug... Josh: Um... Matty: and then like, wha-what? Josh: Yeah, this um, kinda reminds me of something we've been meaning to you talk about. Matty: Yeah... Josh: H-help me out here, Rob, I mean... Rob: Yeah, it, uh... I dunno how to put this, uh, gently, so uh... um, I'm just gonna, uh, come out and say it, uh... Your, uh, your positive vibes and your, and your attititude, your positive attitude and your... you know, just being happy in general is just... not good for metal. Matty: I know. I know, man! Rob: And we need to, we need to, we need to put a stop to it, man. And, you know, we're here for you, though.
Also invoked in "#1 Radio $ingle", where the mission statement is summed up as, True Commercialism is Angsty.
"This is the part of the song where I talk about emotions. And this is the part where I sing about how I feel so cold inside."
Victory Is Boring: "Don't you hate / when weather is sunny and great / and there's nothing to hate?"
I made her a cupcake to soften the blow when I told her "I'm not ready for this level of commitment" She grabbed for a fork then stabbed me in the arm and began to pull my hair out while expressing her resentment
And then she told me she would murder my whole family, my coworkers and girl who took my order that day at Wendy's then she the house on fire, and ran screaming right outside and I felt guilty as the flames reflected off her teary eyes.