This is definitely the most frequently asked question we get. I personally take it as a huge compliment to know someone wants to watch a Psychostick concert. So thanks for the interest, you weirdo!
TLDR: We don't know where we're going until it's booked.
Details: The music business is a strange one. We hire a booking agent to take care of the show schedules and tours so that we (Psychostick, the BAND) can focus on writing, putting on a show, producing stupid videos, and creating merch designs for you to cover your stinky torso with.
When a tour route is put together we examine it and make sure that it's good (which is tougher than it sounds - no ridiculous drives, have we overplayed a city, etc) and give the approval to book the tour. Yelling at us online actually plays zero factor in where and when we play.
HOWEVER, if you really want Psychostick to play your city/venue, find a location for us to play (a 300+ cap room with fantastic sound and proactive music scene always helps) and send some contact info to a promoter/venue owner so that we can suggest it to our booking agent. Or, better yet, have them contact our booking agent.
Also, if you want to make sure you never miss a show, sign up for our show alerts. We'll hit you up when we're close to your zip code.
I'm gonna go ahead and break your heart. No, we can't. We don't do private events for a variety of reasons, some of which involve a ton of planning, security, sound permits, payment, merchandise, etc etc.
As an alternative, booking Psychostick at a public venue and holding your own event at this show could be something that is doable. Reach out to our booking agent if you're interested in something like that.
Most promoters and venues do need opening acts for our shows. Try contacting the venue in order to get on the bill. You'll probably have to sell tickets though!
You should get comedic and write comedy music, asshole!
Have you ever walked up to a comedian and said, "Hey! You should stop doing comedy and do drama." It's the same thing. We take our comedy very seriously.
By the way, a few of the members of Psychostick have a side project called, Evacuate Chicago. It's basically Psychostick without the comedy.
Hell, just listen to it.
We're almost ALWAYS writing something new. After we finish recording a new record we tend to have at least half of the next one conceptualized or written already. Wow!
Once upon a time, a horrendous demo was released by Psychostick called, "Don't Bitch it's Free!" On that demo, somewhere in a skit or something, we pronounced our band name, "Psy-caw-stick." It was a total fluke and became a very small topic of debate in the Phoenix local scene. However, we retract it's prior pronunciation and now officially announce that it's pronounced EXACTLY as it reads. "Psycho" and "stick". Wow!
There mere fact you made it to this website speaks volumes to your ability to spell the word. We even have a song about it:
Look, don't sweat it. Go to your favorite search engine and fuck the spelling up all you want. It'll fix it for you.
Our influences range from Primus to Crowbar to doughnuts. It's complicated!
We used to be signed to Rock Ridge Music, but now we're branching off on our own. Turns out we can do this thing pretty well on our own and we tend to keep it that way.
This track is simply not a Psychostick song. Yes, it was written by one of the same masterminds that brought you all your other alcoholic anthems (The J), but this partiular one is a little different. Josh wrote and recorded all the music for it (including midi drums) and he and our good friend Murph did all the vocals for it. Pretty dumb huh?
Sorry, I (Rawrb) ain't no Murph.
Right now we have guitar tabs for "We Couldn't Think of a Title!" We're doin' our best to get more out to you.
Nope. Try searching for Psychostick, you'll get nothing!
Heh, trust me - you don't want them. Some of you might think, "I want them to just have them because blah blah blah OMG!" If you get crafty enough, you might be able to find "Die... a Lot!" You'll most likely never find "Don't Bitch it's Free" though. We "pressed" only about 200 of those. Heh.
Argh. This is a difficult thing to troubleshoot because those cases are finicky at best. We do inspect them before we send them off, I promise you.
What we normally like to suggest when folks get cracked jewel cases is to simply replace the jewel cases, as the CD and artwork are likely undamaged.
You can find blank, standard jewel cases at places like Officemax, Office Depot, etc. You could even find some used cases from CDs you don't like or don't want anymore and use those. They're all the same size.
The only pain is having to unhinge and pull out some of the art, but it does work. I've done it before to some of my old cases.
If this sounds like something you absolutely don't wanna deal with, you can contact us.
It just kinda happened. Like missing socks.
It's about Rawrb's first relationship that tanked partially due to what you hear in the song. The rest you can just imagine. HAR HAR
Oh, how wrong you... aren't? BEER is really about how dumb people get when they consume more beer. But hey, that's the whole point, right? NO!
Yep. Josh, Alex, and some buddies went out to random drive thru places and demanded a Death Burger.
We like to think so, although in the metal/hardcore genre you're stuck with angry, hairy guys. Too bad we're not gay.
Yeah, mostly about Joshy's old piece of shit Mercury Cougar that would break down every 5 miles or so. It haunted him all the way through high school, and some of college. His Dad now owns it.
It pokes fun at how some artists get extra famous from dying.
Yes, Alex has eaten Hot Dogs with Apricot jelly.
Because you're not supposed to eat it, Captain Moldy Brain Mass.
The name "Prozak Milkshake" was randomly thought of by RAWRB! Since the song is about being overly sad and down, the name just kinda seemed to fit perfectly!
The song just pokes fun of the overly sad, "WAAAH" songs out there.
The name's meaning must be discovered on your own. It's just a happy fun instrumental song!
Joshy. He played Trumpet in High School. Fun!
MOST OF THE ALBUM:
Line 6 POD (1.0), 6 layered tracks total
Jagermeister Love Song, 4 layered tracks
ABCDEath, 4 layered tracks.
Randall Warhead into Ampeg guitar cab miced with mics I don't remember. I (Josh) was experimenting at the time.
4 layers of guitars
Mike was playing through a custom Traben bass with Aguilar pickups into an Aguilar head going through an Eden 4x10 cab. 3 mics on the cab, a Sennheiser 421 for the his, an SM57 for the mids, and an AKG D112 for the lows.
We filled up the CD. Completely so we RAN OUT OF CD SPACE! Get it?
HJAR HAR AHRARHAR
6 layers of guitars.
... in this configuration:
Whelp, Jimmy and Jake both left Psychostick at the time and we wanted to just get some songs out there.
This'n is mostly about how that whole, "There's an app for that," thing. Where's my app that'll chop onions for me, or massage my armpit?! Come on. Hurry it up.
I dunno. It's a weird song about dumb romance and whatever.
Yep. Based on a real experience or two.
It's about the concert experience, DERP!
It's basically about people who do nothing but complain online about how everything sucks in their lives (when in actuality, they're probably doing just fine and not appreciating their first-world problems). Most social media sites now allow you to block, mute, or unfollow said whiners.
We highly recommend doing this.
I dunno. YOU TELL ME.
We don't have a links section anymore. :(
We'll take all the help we can get! If you want to help promote us online, word of mouth and sharing our tunes with your friends is HUGE.
Yes. Yes it is lame. That's why we love it.
"Rawrb" was an invention of his good buddy Murph. Josh just comes up with his 34 different names. Shmalex, I believe, came from a band he was in called "The S-Stuttering Cowboys." Matty J, well he is just the Matty J!
Evil Jay from Otep. We finally found that out. Jeebuz we love that guy - we're probably gonna have his babies, even though we lack the proper reproductive format.
Oh, this and that. Basically just whatever I (Rawrb) feel like. I tend to enjoy third person action games (Dark Souls, Ninja Gaiden, Bloodborne, Legend of Zelda), RPGs (Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest), First Person Shooters (Doom, Quake), etc.
Often times I'll play something odd or weird. Whatever the mood strikes.
Right now I stream Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
Yes, yes I will. The setup for that is a little more complicated at the moment.
Weeeeell... ask me first. If it's a sports game or something I'm REALLY not into, the answer will probably be, "No thanks."
Otherwise if I'm into it, yes!
Yeah, every now and then someone'll pop in. Thing is we live kinda far apart, so it's tougher to set that up.
Right now I stream everything through OBS using the Elgato HD60 Pro. I've got a few consoles going into an HDMI switch that pushes the HDMI signal to the capture card. Then the passthrough goes into my TV.
Working on getting a dedicated streaming PC, but for now:
It's around. Sssssh... sssh...
ALL OF THEM. Seriously. I mean, I don't own a NeoGeo or anything, but I do have the latest consoles. I'm not prejudiced against any console. I like fun, and if it has the fun, I will play it.
Word of mouth! If you have friends who watch streams, please let 'em know, especially if they enjoy Psychostick in any fashion.