Psychic TV shares track from 'Pagan Day' LP + interview with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Sacred Bones and Dais Records are teaming up to finally bring proper vinyl re-issues of the legendaryPsychic TV albums Pagan Day & Allegory and Self, newly remastered for the first time since their initial pressings in 1986 & 1988 respectively. CD & digital versions will be available as well. Both are out tomorrow, July 14th.

Today you can hear the track 'Cold Steel', from the long out of print Pagan Day album, listen here.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge had this to say regarding the classic album in an interview with SPIN: 
"Pagan Day was Alex Fergusson’s idea. It was him that encouraged me to start making music again, and start Psychic TV. People always say Psychic TV was started by me and Sleazy [Throbbing Gristle’s Peter Christopherson], but it wasn’t—it was me and Alex.
Alex came around because he lived next door. He would just keep coming around saying, “You’ve got to write more songs. Write anything and I’ll make it into a song.” Around 1984, we just became re-obsessed with the wonderful simplicity but sort-of brutal use of studio techniques in psychedelic music. Because there were so little effects, people had to do really strange things—build actual plates that were twenty-foot long to get that special sound of the echo. All of that can’t be duplicated with anything else. We became really fascinated with that idea of stripping back to the minimal, and then using it to create really interesting structures and dynamics in songs."
Read the full interview here and find album details & tour dates below!

Psychic TV - 'Cold Steel'
YouTube: https://youtu.be/3jKIODBSEw0
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/sacredbones/psychic-tv-cold-steel/s-8TWG3

READ: An interview with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Allegory and Self
CD/LP: http://hyperurl.co/AllegoryAmazon


Aug 18: Denver, CO Mercury Cafe
Aug 19: Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Hotel & Casino @ Psycho Las Vegas 2017
Sep 21: San Francisco, CA The Independent
Sep 22: Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
Sep 27: Emmenbrücke, SE Sedel
Nov 7: Manchester, UK Band On The Wall
Nov 8: Nottingham, UK The Doghouse
Nov 9: London, UK O2 Academy Islington

Psychic TV
Pagan Day 
July 14, 2017
LP / CD / Digital 

Sacred Bones / Dais Records

1. Cadaques
2. We Kiss
3. Opium
4. Cold Steel
5. L.A.
6. Iceland
7. Farewell (Bonus Track)
8. Translucent Carriages
9. Paris
10. Baby's Gone Away
11. Alice
12. New Sexuality

Shortly before Christmas 1984, the core songwriters, Genesis P-Orridge and Alex Fergusson, of underground arts collective Psychic TV quietly released a limited edition record containing sketches and ideas for songs. Some songs would become later fully-realized arrangements, some abandoned and others were just covered in praise of their creator. The record, in recognition of its seasonal release, was simply titled “A Pagan Day” and would capture the intimate songwriting sessions that were prevalent during crucial time in the band’s career.

In classic Psychic TV fashion, rumors and myths surround the albums creation.  Most have suggested that it was recorded in a single session over a cup of coffee on a lone 4-track cassette recorder above an old YMCA building in London, though later revealed that the recordings were from various sessions over the course of a couple years prior to the record’s release.   After quickly pressing the songs to vinyl, the record was originally only available through Rough Trade for a few hours on December 23, 1984 and pressed on picture discs, which adorned a photo of P-Orridge’s first born, Caresse, in exactly 999 copies.  The pressing sold out immediately that day which caused Temple Records, their “in-house label”, to later release a standard reissue version in 1986.

What makes the songs, or rather versions of songs, so unique is the primitive and fragile nature of the arrangements while the flimsy, immediate vocal delivery makes the album sit unknowingly between demo and fully realized album. “Baby’s Gone Away” and “New Sexuality” are just a couple examples of songs that fans of Psychic TV became intimately familiar with from live experiences but on “A Pagan Day”, they are released in their infantile stages with no full band, just Alex & Genesis finding their way through the songs with an acoustic guitar, drum machine and organ. “Cold Steel” shows a true peek behind the curtain, sung effortlessly by Fergusson and would then later become the classic standard “The Orchids”.  Most notably is the band’s cover of Pearls Before Swine’s “Translucent Carriages” of which P-Orridge accords special praise to Tom Rapp, the song’s original author and icon to both P-Orridge and Fergusson.

Psychic TV
Allegory & Self
July 14, 2017
LP / CD / Digital 

Sacred Bones / Dais Records

1. Godstar
2. Just Like Arcadia
3. Southern Comfort
4. We Kiss
5. She Was Surprised
6. Caresse Song
7. Starlit Mire
8. Thee Dweller
9. Being Lost
10. Baby's Gone Away
11. Ballet Disco

Beginning in 1982, the conceptual audiovisual troupe labeled Psychic TV set out on a multimedia journey filled with subversion, liberation and rebellion. Materialized between Throbbing Gristle co-founder Genesis P-Orridge and Alternative TV songwriter Alex Fergusson, Psychic TV started pulling in familiar faces with the likes of Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, Paula P-Orridge, Jhonn Balance, David Tibet, John Gosling and countless others.  While the members’ previous works took root in the counterculture zeitgeist of late ‘70s UK punk and conceptual art, it was no longer a question of how to rebel against authority, but rather how to carefully subvert it through collective infiltration.  Parallel to Psychic TV, its members formed the anti-cult faction The Temple of Psychick Youth, further propagating the Psychic TV message and vision.

While the ensuing years saw Psychic TV’s major label infection and record breaking live album release binge, it wasn’t until 1988 that the band started to ready itself for a chart-friendly pop endeavor in the form of “Allegory & Self”.  This would be the band’s most notable and successful endeavor but tragically, it would be the final songwriting collaboration between P-Orridge and Fergusson.  “Allegory and Self” was a perfect storm of catchy pop melody along with subversive counter-culture reference and occult leanings, packaged in a perfect bundle of underground hits.

The record’s opening track “Godstar”, a song gushing obsessive praise upon the fallen Rolling Stone’s member Brian Jones, would give the album it’s most notable identity.  Godstar’s melodic hooks and haunting, Phil Spector-era lyrical chant gives into to all the hallmarks of a chart-topping hit.   “Just Like Arcadia” and “Being Lost” follows in similar footsteps, charging along with a somewhat whimsical Beach Boys-esque pop quality.  The album also contained a sneak-peak into what direction Psychic TV was heading into going forward, apparent in the acid house number “She Was Surprised”.  Tracks like “Starlit Mire” and “Thee Dweller” reflect more of what the Psychic TV live experience was akin to in the ’80s, aggressive and hypnotic. All together, “Allegory and Self” would stand alone as the band’s signature apex from the original ’80s line-up.