Nov. 29, 2007

Psychostick Brings Metal and Humor to Chicago

By Randy J. Klodz

If a music fan likes quiet rhythms and serious, compelling lyrics, steer clear from Tempe, Arizona’s, hard-rock outfit Pyschostick. The band is prepared to rock Chicago with a Dec. 3 performance at The Elbo Room as part of its Holiday Hate Tour.

Psychostick—which includes Rob “Rawrb” Kersey (vocals), Joshua “The J” Key (guitar, vocals) and Alex “Shamlex” Preiss (drums)—surprises, and fully entertains its fans with plenty of hard-rocking, humor-based music. The band’s currently on tour in support of its latest release “The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride.”

Many fans may have first encountered Psychostick’s “Beer” in a hilarious, flash-driven video. The song’s “Beer is good / Beer is good / And stuff” mantra is an anthem for beer drinkers across the world and gave liftoff to the band’s 2006 album “We Couldn’t Think of a Title.” The song “Two Ton Paperweight” displays a tale of a worthless car with its thrashing guitars while “ABCDEath” puts a hard-hitting spin on a child’s singing of the alphabet.

From the band’s recent release, “The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride,” which hit stores in September, “Jingle Bell Metal” and “Jolly Old Satist” have found themselves plenty of spins on social media sites and provide Psychostick fans with more minutes of joy.

The Elbo Room is at 2871 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets for this 21+ show are listed for $5 each with showtime slated for 8.30 p.m. Rock bands Screaming Mechanical Brain, Indorphine, Blood Loss, and Misunderstood are also scheduled to perform. For more info on Pyschostick log on to