For the first 24 days of December, Radio in Opposition and guests will share with you one very special album, one day at a time. We call it RADVENT.
Welcome back to RADVENT, day five! Today’s selection comes from Joe, bassist for Psychic Teens. If you’re in the Lehigh Valley, PA area tonight (Dec 5, 2014), Psychic Teens is playing at Burners in Bethlehem.
I had no idea that Hunchback had a theme for their band until way after they’d broken up. I read in an interview that they basically based their band around the idea of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, questioning general standards of beauty. It’s completely clear, though, on this record, and I guess the message came through subconsciously. This record defines its own beauty, and makes you listen over and over, digging into it to find the melodies and hooks. It’s ugly and dirty and catchy and perfect and it starts with a six minute dirge with barely audible vocals until the chorus gets screamed out. It ends with a Christina Aguilera cover with guest vocals from Michael Gerald. Its got cover art by Mike Diana. It’s all over the place but completely cohesive. I start thinking about it and obsess for days. It’s beautiful.