By Frank Bell

Brought together as school friends, Psyence have been described as a blues-twinged alternative rock band from Stoke-on-Trent, in the UK. Their music embodies an expansive vocal ability and energetic guitar riffs that are definitely built for live performance. We spoke to them about the meaning behind reality and design, the story behind their singles, and missing musician life

Why the question, reality or design?

Reality or design is the age-old question on the red pill or blue pill scenario, even more so after this year that’s passed. Is this actually happening? Or are we all just gonna wake up one day and it’s how we remember.

What’s the story behind each song from the EP?  

Dirty Gonzo is a wild ride through bat country with that friend all of us has.

Tusk is our call to arms for all the scorn lovers.

Retrospect is about every end being a new beginning.

Marmalade is about finding yourself in a sticky situation with someone you thought you knew.

The Stranger is the result of a bit too much jazz cabbage and a prolonged first album recording stint.

How would you describe your music?

Riff heavy alternative rock, all of us appreciate a riff – it makes us weak at the knees hearing something drop hard 🤙

What do you miss most about the music industry and your musician life, whilst you’ve been in lockdown?

I think it’s safe to say we miss the gigs the most, we haven’t performed live for over a year now, the same as most of the world so really excited to get back to crowds again. Different venues, different cities, different people. We’re all good mates and we love doing what we do so not seeing each other to even rehearse for a while was hard to take. Hopefully it’s coming to the end now though and we can all get live music back in our lives.

How did you all meet?

Steve, Jay and Gonzo all went to high school together, the band was formed as we know it now long after high school though, with us meeting pig later on (he used to play bass in an old band with Steve and Gonz) Psyence was then born over multiple pints in the local boozer, a bit of a re-jig over the bass and keys positions and we were away. We then got Carty in even later down the line after things with our previous guitarist didn’t work out, and that’s how Psyence as we know it today happened.



Photo by Mark Vyse