Intended as an outlet for the weird ideas Jarrin and I couldn’t use in Pondo Sinatra, Psychopop was meant to be part vaudeville, part art band, part punk rebellion, and part comic book. All members were required to have a character name and wear a costume on stage, even though we rarely explained to the audience what the hell they were watching. We frequently incorporated TVs, pyrotechnics, and props into our live shows and thought of our performances as theater.
People really responded to it and we had a decent following for quite a few years. Psychopop remains the most satisfying musical project I’ve ever been involved in. I still miss it.
Our On Stage Characters:
I was the Happy Doctor.
Jarrin was Klaxon Mindjammer.
Jarrin’s brother Logan was Rock Moniker.
John Bungert was Max Power.
Christian Fredrickson was The Dread Reverend.
Here Are The Recordings From The Years I Was In The Band
Rumor has it there are also some practice session recordings but I don’t currently have them. If they turn up, I’ll add them.
So how did it end?
I left the band in 2001 (or so) to focus on film and while they don’t seem to be up to much, I know the band still exists in some form or another.
They have a website up but of course, it doesn’t make any sense. http://www.psychopop.org/
They also have a MySpace music page http://www.myspace.com/psychopopmpls
Here’s how they list the current lineup:
The Dread Reverend – lead vocals, lyrics, bracing cynicism
Rock Moniker – lead guitar, vocals, explosions
Klaxon Mindjammer – bass guitar, vocals, propaganda
Max Power – drums, pleading for attention
Past members are listed as:
The Happy Doctor – keyboards, vocals, lyrics, medication
Fancy Dawn – keyboards, vocals, choreography
Collateral Estoppel, Esq. III – bass, vocals, legal recourse
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