Psychostick
Sandwich


3.0
good

Review

by renegadestrings USER (8 Reviews)
September 14th, 2009 | 22 replies | 8,508 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Even with its problems, Psychostick release another solid album with over-the-top hilarity.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Have you ever had the experience of being a broke college student? Perhaps you've sat in your favorite recliner pondering to yourself where the squirrels go during hurricanes? Have you ever been grocery shopping?

If you answered yes to any or all of the above, then Psychostick's latest opus "Sandwich" might be a necessary listen.

Yes, Psychostick, the band made famous (or at least known well enough to sell a few albums to frat boys, white people of a lower socio-economic status, etc.) by their ode to alcohol entitled "BEER!!!!!!" are back. For those still scratching their heads, the band is best described by a genre coined by themselves called 'humorcore.' Growling vocals, heavily distorted guitars, breakdowns... essentially the story of metalcore, but with a terrific dose hilarity that actually works. Despite the strength of the humor, and occasionally, the strength of the instrumentation; the album is a chore to get through and there are plenty of less-than-inspired moments that may turn many listeners off.

The most positive and potent aspect, clearly, is the comedy. As stated earlier, the humor used on the album is of the immature, outlandish, and irrelevant. If you don't have at least some appreciation for that, then do yourself a favor and write this band off. Song subjects range from caffeine addiction, not having enough money to purchase some ice cream, how terrible girls are at giving directions, radio rock blasphemies, and more. The subjects are funny enough and the lyrics, for the most part, are sharply written and will give you a good laugh, often when you don't expect it. One of the standout examples, "Girl Directions," has spoken word verses by a guest female appearance in which she attempts to direct the singer or whoever to a destination. When the "chorus" comes in, the screams of "GIVE ME THE F**KIN ADDRESS" are hilarious and very effective when used in conjunction with the softer verses. Other great examples of the humor come from the song "This Is Not a Song, It's a Sandwich!," "Minimum Rage," and "We Ran Out of CD Space," the latter of which, is one of the best songs in the bands catalog and must be heard in full to understand its, dare I say, genius?

However, not all is well in the little laughable world Psychostick has handcrafted. Though the instrumentation is sharp and spot-on, it becomes tedious very quickly. The guitar(s), while never sloppily played, sound the same from track to track and never really standout in any way. The same can be said for the drums and song structure. What is surprising, despite these things, is how much the bass lines stand out. Though he's been downplayed slightly since their debut album, Mike Kocian is a very decent bass player and more than holds his own incorporating catchy, slapping bass notes the are a nice departure from the redundancy present in the rest of the instruments, most noticeably on the track, "Girl Directions." The vocals also suffer from this repetitiveness. While never annoying, vocalist Rob Kersey has a pretty stagnant delivery, overusing the same tone in his growl song after song. Another big problem in regards to the vocals is the production. This was a problem on the debut "We Couldn't Think of a Title" as well; its often hard to make out exactly what Rob is saying due to all the other instruments being much louder. This wouldn't be as much of a problem if the lyrics didn't matter, but seeing as how the lyrical hilarity is central to the album's appeal, it couldn't hurt to mix them a little louder.

These issues along with other minor quibbles (too many songs, occasionally lame interludes, 373 Thank Yous, etc.) hamper the album to some extent, but really, who was expecting a masterpiece? "Sandwich" is a hilarious album that more than deserves a listen by all fans within the areas of rock and metal. Its everything it promises to be and nothing more.


And let's be honest, what self-respecting member of male society doesn't want a song entitled "You've Got Mail Enhancement" on their Ipod?


Download:
We Ran Out of CD Space
Girl Directions
Caffeine
Grocery Escape Plan (yes, its an homage of sorts to Dillinger Escape Plan)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
renegadestrings
September 14th 2009



1435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

trying to get back into reviewing... so i picked the most obscure album possible

LepreCon
September 14th 2009



3607 Comments


The novelty of these guys wore off of me quite fast, but decent review

BallsToTheWall
September 14th 2009



44164 Comments


Track 22 is hilarious. Funny band. Nice review sir.

PanasonicYouth
September 14th 2009



7411 Comments


wasn't aware there was a new psychostick albumm....

renegadestrings
September 14th 2009



1435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gracias. i thought 22 was a funny idea... but unless my name was in the song... no chance i'd listen to it all the way through

BallsToTheWall
September 14th 2009



44164 Comments


BEER IS GOOD BEER IS GOOD BEER BEEEER BEEEEEERR NOW THAT WE HAVE DRUNK SOME BEER LETS GO DRIVE A CAR

renegadestrings
September 14th 2009



1435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

uh dude... i think you've had enough...

NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

scottyS13
November 20th 2009



3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

uh who are you renegade lol i like grocery store escape lol near the end guitar rythm kicks ass

renegadestrings
December 11th 2009



1435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i'm me... and yesh. good song

Scoot
May 15th 2010



17681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Okay, so this is actually really awesome.

Digging: Unjust - Glow

salival13
July 11th 2010



264 Comments


#1 Radio $ingle is brilliant, band needs more sputnik lovin

salival13
July 11th 2010



264 Comments


"This bridge has no distortionnnn.....DRUM FILL"

DarthBlubber
July 13th 2010



218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Hi! Do you want to metal?"
"I could metal..."
"Do YOU want to metal?"
"I'll metal if you metal..."
"Yes! Metal! Then it is settled. We shall... metal!"
LOL this album is pretty awesome!

Ovrot
July 15th 2010



10468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is one of my favorite album i have in my collection.

Final track is the best.

What if the world was made of glazed donuts?
You would be like, "Man, that's f*ckin' sweet, I can't believe the world is made of donuts."
What if your hands were made of Hot Pockets?
You would be the first one to be eaten in survival situations.

What if your thumb roared like a dinosaur?
What if you peed out of your nose?
What if your face was shaped like Mexico, or trapezoids, or Texas and Hawaii?
What if the world was made of other worlds combined into a world just like the world you started with?
What if another world then ate the world made out of donuts, making all the donut people pissed?

What if your face was made of bumblebees?
You would be like, "Dude, this really sucks. I do not want a face made out of bumblebees."
What if your dad was made of rainbows?
You would be like, "OMG that's lame. I want a dad made out of ninja robots."

What if your pool was filled with applesauce?
What if a hot dog was your tongue?
What if your mouth was filled with broken glass, and fire ants, and creamy jambalaya?
What if you tried to build a spaceship with a caanon that shoots crocodiles at everyone you hate?
What if those crocodiles could shoot heat-seeking killer bees, ensuring that there would be no escape?

You gotta love those lyrics.

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

renegadestrings
August 19th 2010



1435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

feel free to pos ya fucks

Ovrot
August 19th 2010



10468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd

DarthBlubber
August 19th 2010



218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yup pos'd here as well

renegadestrings
September 6th 2010



1435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sweet

RosaParks
September 6th 2010



14592 Comments


band is hilarious

crowing51
February 10th 2011



3446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Grocery Escape Plan is seriously the greatest shopping song ever.



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