Comedy and metal aren't exactly the peanut butter and chocolate of the music world, but after 13 years, self-described humorcore band Psychostick has mastered the unusual art of combining funny lyrics with heavy riffs and wrapping up their crazy concoctions in energetic live shows and uproarious YouTube videos.
After all, we're talking about a band that recently scored a viral video hit with the head banger “Dogs Like Socks,” which is about exactly what the title indicates, and initially became cult favorites for tunefully booming about the virtues of “Beer.”
The Chicago-based comedy/metal quartet's philosophy is “It's perfectly OK to pit while laughing,” and along with a chance for moshing it up, their Friday night show at Oklahoma City's Chameleon Room likely will feature hilarious headgear and costumed devotees. Frontman Rob “Rawrb” Kersey said the band plans to brush the crowd's face with a giant toothbrush, and he may well bring along his rubber chicken and tennis racket just to make things even more interesting.
“Metal, there's a fun side to it, and we kind of try to emphasize that. 'Cause you go to a concert, you're not going to (be) miserable. You're going to have a good time, even if the band onstage is singing about, you know, blood and whatever. So, we just like to go right ahead and try to (say), ‘Hey, you're having fun and we're having fun. Go and jump in that pit. Hey, there's a guy dressed up like a banana. That's cool. Just run right into him. He's not gonna care,'” Kersey said last week by phone from “somewhere in Ohio” en route to the first show of the band's newly launched tour with industrial rockers American Head Charge.
‘Angry yet goofy'
In 2000, Kersey co-founded Psychostick in Phoenix with his longtime pal Joshua “The J” Key. When they first met while attending high school in Odessa, Texas, they were “angry yet very goofy kids” who were fans of Pantera and “The Simpsons.”
“We went and saw Pantera play, and then we went and saw Sevendust, and we saw Machine Head. And we suddenly wanted to do what they were doing, but we couldn't get away from our goofy side, you know. It just kind of stuck with us and it just kind of bled into the music. So it just made sense for us, personality-wise, to keep it funny.”