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The Psychotic Reaction
A Moment of Clarity

The Psychotic Reaction are a band that hover between an affable cheeky speaky-voiced style and an irritatingly accented vocal, with each line planting a foot on one side of this indefinable boundary.

The music is a noisy concoction of really fuzzy instruments, with the drums over-reaching the mixing desk by a good few decibels and the guitars and bass almost indistinguishable in their velcro-textured spikiness. It’s almost as if no amplifiers were used in this recording, just instruments plugged directly into a faulty jack socket and this means there’s no life, ambience or tonal quality.

It does come very close to working in ‘A Moment of Clarity’, but the instrumental ‘Overdraft Blues’ really does sound like a cheesy song that hasn’t yet had any thought put into the lyrics – a poor man’s jazz version of ‘Golden Brown’ played through torn speakers.

Watch The Psychotic Reaction – ‘A Moment of Clarity’.

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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