Psychomagic – Live from the Banana Stand is available from our online store and all finer digital retailers.
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect band to play your wild Halloween party than Psychomagic. Between their crazy costumes, party antics, and tripped-out, psych rock style, we got a loaded set of rock and roll insanity for this recording.
Pscyhomagic’s uninhibited attitude was most visible in frontman Steven Fusco’s performance throughout the whole night; the former child performer’s animated expressions and sharp vocal inflections were priceless to watch. When he wasn’t howling into the microphone or flailing on the ground while playing guitar, he was engaging the crowd in a sing-a-long, or getting them to lay on the ground only to leap back up as the music grew louder. The costumed crowd only added to this whimsical attitude. Between the dancing bananas and unicorns at the show, Psychomagic’s songs came to life in the best way possible.
These theatrics never overshadowed the band’s impressive musical performance either. Make no mistake, this was a rock show. Rolling out songs that nodded to old school surf rock and ’60s psych, the band put on a performance that was as danceable as it was easy to bang your head to. With screeching, fuzzed out guitar solos and engrossing keyboard melodies that absorbed listeners, Psychomagic pulled no punches when it came time show their instrumental skills. A large part of what brought back the ’60s garage vibe of the night was Eddie Bond’s organ playing. Between spacey synths and phasers, Bond laid out shining chords and melodies that wrapped Psychomagic’s performance in a warm, vintage embrace.
All in all, this performance had everything we could have hoped for in a live album recording: A Stellar musical performance, an excited crowd, and a vocal, engaging, fun band. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did!
Psychomagic – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience October 31st, 2015 at Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The video features footage from camera operators Michael McInerney, Darren Hartman, Tyler Bertram, Nick Gattman, Guy Wagner, and Sam Smith and was directed and edited by Mike McInerney. Audio for this video was recorded by Adam Harney, and mixed and mastered by Evan Mersky.