A Night in with Psychic Social Club at ONTAP’s Warehouse Sessions
Written by Freya Stockman,
Content Creator & ONTAP team member
Recently, the ONTAP team including myself had the pleasure of spending an intimate evening with Psychic Social Club, an ambitious band comprising of four Melbourne lads: Lead singer Jared, drummer Luke, and two guitarists named Simon and Chris (otherwise known as Baxter). ONTAP was lucky enough to get an exclusive sneak peak of the boy’s new single Worthless, as well as a cover of Nobody’s Home by Mallrat and Basenji which they performed live at ONTAP’s first ever Warehouse Session.
A Quick Snapshot...
Psychic Social Club are set for an exciting year ahead with their new single titled Worthless being released in a few weeks’ time on the 22nd of April, as well as a single launch show at the Catfish in Fitzroy Melbourne on the 26th of April. If you cannot wait until the 22nd to get your hands on Worthless, you can check out their song previously recorded in 2016 titled All You Had to Do via the band’s ONTAP Artist Profile! This song is the boy’s favourite to perform live, mainly because it ends with a clash of huge guitars, vocal melodies and loud drums.
Chris explains that while their sound is still developing, there is definitely shades of indie and alt-rock, with a “generous sprinkle of pop on top” (sounds more like one tasty treat if you ask me). Whereas, Luke describes Psychic Social Club’s music as the type you would “bring home to meet your parents after meeting on a night out at a Swan Street Bar at 3:00am in the morning” – highly respectable of course.
The Band Name...
The group spent a lot of time sitting in silence trying to settle on a name for the band - no mean feat indeed! So, when the name Psychic Social Club presented itself one afternoon while using a random online band name generator (desperate times call for desperate measures!), it just seemed sort of fitting. And like all good yet somewhat non-sensical and down-right ironic band names (we all know a few), this one resonated with the group.
Chris: “We all loved the idea of a collection of psychics sitting around communicating telepathically, because to outsiders, this form of social interaction would appear pretty antisocial”. After having spent so many years together, the group also felt as if they could basically predict what each other were going to say.
Who’s Your Daddy?
When asked about musical influences, the band considers themselves the love child of several well-known artists. In terms of Psychic Social Club’s lyrical style, their undeniable father figure would be a combination between Brandon Flowers from The Killers and Van McCann from Catfish and the Bottlemen. However, when it came to Mum, each band member had their own unique perspective. Luke: “Jared definitely has a Shania Twain vibe going on, it’s unmistakable”, whereas Chris believes Melissa Etheridge could be a sound mother figure given that Jared reminds him of her when he goes for the “big emotional high notes” and because “she rocks a mean guitar”. Not a bad gene pool boys, not bad at all! I think it is safe to say that Mum and Dad would both be proud.
A Modern Musical Love Story!
Like all great love stories, I wanted to know how the boys came together to form Psychic Social Club. Who exactly were these Melbourne based boys and what was their history?
Jared and Luke attended university together in 2014 where they discovered they both shared a love for making music and soon were writing songs and performing shows together. Luke then introduced Simon, his old school mate, to “this crazy good singer” (Jared) and they both instantly clicked. Luke and Simon had also actually played in a band some years prior so it just made sense for the three of the to form a band. But it wasn’t until Chris joined in 2015 that the group found the glue that they had been missing for a period of nearly 3 years. Chris knew Simon and Luke way back when they were all “angst-ridden teenagers”. Since then, the boys have recorded music together and have been playing shows with the bulk of those songs.
Dare to Dream
It is always important to keep your eye on the prize and keep yourself ambitious for the future, so it was a no-brainer for me to ask the group what their dream destination would be if they were to go on tour.
Jared’s response was diplomatic while also setting the bar nice and low as “anywhere outside of Australia would be awesome” – love your work Jared!
Chris was a bit more specific choosing Iceland for its “eerily beautiful countryside, it’s glaciers, barren moonscapes and raging waterfalls”. I cannot deny, it would be pretty gnarly to shred your guitar in such a captivating location, great pick Chris!
Luke opted for Japan, a country he fell madly in-love with while travelling. This choice was solidified by reports from friends that “the Japanese crowds are hugely receptive and make for wild gigs”. Luke: “I feel like touring there (Japan) would be an experience like nowhere else”.
And finally, Simon made it very clear that his dream tour destination would be playing on any stage at Primavera Sound festival in Portugal (even if it was a tiny stage tucked away in a corner somewhere!). Overall, it sounds like the Psychic Social Club’s first world tour will be one to remember or they will have to debate over where to tour first. Looking forward to seeing you at Main Stage in a few years’ time Psychic Social Club!
Working with ONTAP
So far, it seems that partnering with ONTAP has been invaluable for a small band like Psychic Social Club trying to make an impact in an industry that is infamous for being tough to crack.
Simon: “I think a lot of bands can relate to the difficulties and frustrations involved with booking gigs these days… ONTAP have streamlined that process, making it much easier for bands to find their place on the live stage”.
Luke: “There’s a lot I can say about ONTAP, they have been very supportive of us in our early stages but to keep it concise it’s great… and it’s proved great not just for gaining gigs through their network but when we look to book our own line-ups as well”. Luke then proceeded to laugh as he joked “It’s only a matter of time before we perform our first support slot at an ONTAP curated festival or national tour, hit us up ONTAP!”.
Although Chris claims he is joking, I can’t help but believe him when he says that ONTAP is a “gentle and thorough lover”. He also may have mentioned that ONTAP was the best sex he has ever had … but in all seriousness, he emphasised that ONTAP have come to the band’s rescue on several occasions when support acts have dropped out of their shows.
Jared was also grateful to ONTAP due to its large database of like-minded artists that are readily available to book when shit inevitably hits the fan - and boy can it hit the fan!
They Say the First Impression is a Lasting Impression
So, what was my overall impression of my intimate encounter with the boys from Psychic Social Club you ask? Ultimately, these boys have a really authentic sound who play brilliantly live. I was lucky enough to hear a few renditions of their own songs as well as some covers of much-loved tunes during ONTAP’s first Warehouse Session. I couldn’t help myself as I indulged in a little boogie on the side-lines while watching them perform. They say you should dance like no one is watching, so I did.
Keep your eyes posted for new music by Psychic Social Club and upcoming events/collaborations hosted by ONTAP. Be sure to visit ONTAP by clicking on the website link below to book much-loved artists for your next private or corporate event!
Until next time!