"Described by Jason Daniel Baker as Siouxsie Sioux meets Motorhead, Canadian-based band Psycho Mad Sally fuses the rock guitar of a Romanian-born axeman to the vocals of a Russian spoken word performer and the result is..well....."
Psycho Mad sally is and independent Grunge Gypsy-Punk Band(Loud Metallic Rock). With over 50 live shows and appearances and few line up changes Psycho Mad Sally has grown in sound and style, developing into a very innovating band with a new style and energy not easily found in today’s market.
Sasha Nevskaya an energetic performer with a raunchy set of vocals (A Poet and a former Slam Performer) and Andrei Sin (local Rock N Roll/Metal Guitarist and songwriter) teamed up in early 2010 as a Songwriting duo. Andrei’s Rock N Roll precision and Sasha’s Russian impulsivity toped by the intense performance have started to captivate audiences on very early shows. Andrei’s Romanian background plays an important roll in the creativity process (Folk Gypsy roots) as well as Sasha’s rowdy approach makes it a different and captivating thing altogether.
First EP “30 days (to pay the rent)” self-produced and recorded, contains songs like “Ash In my Whiskey” “Lovedrunk” and the anthem “Anarchia” which have been favorites (on rotation) on many pod casts across Canada and U.S.A. (“Tranquilizer Radio”, ”Ruckus Radio” “T.O sounds good pod cast” “Anarchy TV” plus many others)
Newest EP entitled “How II Survive” on its last leg of production and is due early 2013 (digitally 2012). It’s been recorded at TRH studios in Toronto, with Sean Gregory (Platinum Blonde, Rehab For Quitters, Hail The Villain) as engineer and Producer.
Psycho Mad Sally is always looking to expand their sound, having worked with lots of talented musicians and is guaranteed to always bring down the house with their over the top energetic performance.
Currently line up is: Sasha Nevskaya -Vocals; Andrei Sin – Guitar; Anjay Stopyra- Violin, Dan Vegas - Drums; Steve Rot - bass.
All band members are established musicians in the local music scene. Anjay also is a singer songwriter, plays guitar and have been playing in bands as both guitarist and violin player. Dan Vegas has been a session player and a very active member in the bar circuit. And Steve Rot is a graduate of a tough music training and production.
Psycho Mad Sally is here to impress, not depress.
Sasha Nevskaya - Vocals
Andrei Sin - Guitar - vocals
Anje Stopyra - Vocals, Violin
Steve Rot- Bass - Bass
Dan Vegas - Drums
How II Survive
Release Date: April 18, 2013
1. Marion Sims
2. My Case
3. World Fits the Kitchen
5. Danger Danger
6. Silencium GAG
8. Johnny's Symptom
30 days (to Pay the Rent) (EP- 2011)
3. Ash In My Whiskey
5. Black and Red
6. Mama's Teachings
Ash In My Whiskey
Black And Red
World Fits The Kitchen
At Home With Psycho Mad Sally
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At Home With Psycho Mad Sally Written by Jason Daniel Baker Sunday, 27 February 2011 05:00 ...At Home With Psycho Mad Sally
Written by Jason Daniel Baker
Sunday, 27 February 2011 05:00
Andrei Sin is one of the nicer guys I've met on the Toronto indie rock scene. There are plenty of great people on the scene but out of all of them he's a prince. I wouldn't mention it in an article for this zine if he didn't rock and rock he does. I can safely say I've heard few electric guitar licks that sound more deceptively natural and capture the kind of raw power of an ubridled punk-metal-alternative fusion.
Whether he was playing in C.J. Sleez's band or Cyanide For Cindy or his new outfit - the deliciously avant garde Psycho Mad Sally - he has always made himself available to chat about his efforts with his characteristic Carpathian nobility and modesty.sashadrei4
The Romanian-born axeman has himself a smoldering sound matched with vocalist Sasha Nevskaya. If they're going for something unique I'd say they found it though with these two it is hard to imagine them doing anything that might sound derivative or readily definable.
I could tell you that I never had an easier interview but no band ever invited me to where they live and work before. There is a kind of international feel to the experience which makes some sense. Though I'm Canadian I'm writing for a Welsh rock zine and interviewing a Romanian guitar-player and a Russian singer.
Winding my way through a part of Toronto noted for its exotic restaurants yet also notorious for its crime and strip clubs I find a secret haven upstairs from a musty thrift shop. You might guess that there isn't much to see upstairs from what the ground floor looks like but appearances are deceiving. I guess what I expected was a dirty matress on the floor, stacked milk crates as apsychomad2 shelving unit and old barstools as chairs.
Andrei had invited me over to talk about what he has been up to lately and we sit down at a coffee table with a couple of brews around four o'clock one afternoon in their kitchen. This guy is so laid back it is never too late or too early for anything. I've met him exactly twice yet he is okay with having me over there, an invitation few other musicians have extended I suspect because their respective living arrangements are not merely less cozy but are in fact more obviously near the poverty line if not beneath it.
Sasha Nevskaya, the band's charismatic vocalist, ambles into the kitchen barefoot, in tights and a halter top. It is -10 Celsius outside but the tastefully decorated loft apartment they share together is much better heated than some places downtown because they picked up two ancient space-heaters from the street. They aren't wealthy but have been smart with what little money they and have their own rehearsal space there which doubles as a home studio. It has seen a lot of action as they have continually had to try out drummers and bassists.
Though they have been gigging constantly for the past few months there have been line-up changes due to unforeseen circumstances. "We've had four bass players and four drummers since July (2010), and we're on our third violinist."
Sasha talks nonchalantly while setting out food for their two cats. I learn that she is a published poet in her native Russia. She settles in comfortably on a bench nearby and lights up a cigarette having left the playful cats to chow down. "The first time I tried to sing I had to get Andrei to go in another room" confesses the vocalist now known for her confident and flamboyant stagepsycho2403 manner. Sasha nibbles on her lower lip pensively while flicking her cigarette before she and Andrei go over mentioning the names of each musician.
Having befriended Andrei following one of her spoken word performances at the Drake Hotel, it was Sasha's idea to work with Andrei in hopes that he might take her well-known spoken word performances and formulate a rock repertoire around her verse. But she had only intitially wanted to do spoken word set against the music they were writing and Andrei insisted she learn to sing her words instead.
"I don't really care for names or titles. I'm just in a band and I play guitar" muses Andrei when I ask if he considers himself the musical director of the project. He is not big on comparisons to other acts either. But it is incumbent on him to translate the bands vision for the musicians that play with them.
In the end I stayed longer than I had intended and the conversation went off in a lot of different directions. They made sure I got a copy of their CD and a folio of some of Ms. Nevskaya's raunchy poetry. I'll admit to reading the folio before I listened to the CD.
Their sound, which at first listen struck me as a kind of Siouxsie Sioux meets Motorhead melange, is one wherein the recordings reflect the live show rather than being a live show which reflects the recordings. Their independently produced and released EP features some real revolutionary work including stand outs like 'Anarchia' and 'Mama's Teachings' which are the showstoppers in their live show.
It is a sound which never completley fits in with any broad genre. There may be some aspects of a nebulous classification like alternative or even old school hard rock but blended together the result is something so far out there as to go out on the fringe and then several steps beyond it.
Psycho Mad Sally
In-studio Interview with Psycho Mad Sally
Psycho Mad Sally
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Psycho Mad Sally is an independent Grunge Gypsy-Punk Band. With over 40 live shows and appearances a...Psycho Mad Sally is an independent Grunge Gypsy-Punk Band. With over 40 live shows and appearances and few line up changes Psycho Mad Sally has grown in sound and style, developing into a very innovating band with a new style and energy not easily found in today’s market.
Sasha Nevskaya is an energetic performer with a raunchy set of vocals (A Poet and a former Slam Performer) and Andrei Sin (local Rock N Roll/Metal Guitarist and songwriter) teamed up in early 2010 as a Songwriting duo. Andrei’s Rock N Roll precision and Sasha’s Russian impulsiveness topped by the intense performance have started to captivate audiences on very early shows. Andrei’s Romanian background plays an important roll in the creativity process (Folk Gypsy roots) as well as Sasha’s rowdy approach makes it a different and captivating thing altogether.
Psycho Mad Sally
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popVLTR: How did you first get into music? How has your style evolved over the years? At the beginni...popVLTR: How did you first get into music? How has your style evolved over the years? At the beginning we were more garage rock, indie punk style. Over the years we started getting Heavier. We got better at what we do (musically) obviously as well. We changed members(better and more experienced musicians) and started to gain some recognition in the local scene. Also Online.
popVLTR: Who have been some of your biggest influences? Musically or otherwise? Andrei Si: Big Rock N Roll /metal head fan. Megadeth, Guns N Roses, Slayer, Skid Row, Kiss Etc. He is also a fan of The Doors, Tom Waits and a lot of European metal bands (mostly power metal) Nightwish, Therion, Alestorm. Sasha: Being Russian Ukrainian has lots of russian/ukranian folk influences (some pop too). She is a big Gogol Bordelo Fan, Tom Waits, Leonard Choen. Anjay is a Red Hot Chilli Peppers fan and Nirvana fan, he also likes funk. Dan is a classic rock , punk and rockabilly influenced. Steve: Grunge and electronic music. Other influences are Charles Bukovski, Steve Hawkins and Elmo.
popVLTR: What's your favorite part of being involved in music? Meetin new people , and all the drama (lol).
popVLTR: What are some of your proudest moments in music so far? We are proud every time we feel we got something accomplished. writing a new song. Recording, a show. Also being part of something like this. When anybody whats to write about us, have us on a compilation, or on their podcast. We are on the cover of "guitar justice" January 2012.
popVLTR: What cool stuff is on the horizon for Psycho Mad Sally? We have a new album. It's called "How II Survive" has 8 tracks on it. I guess its an EP. its recorded Mixed. We're getting it mastered right now and tightening up the mixes. early 2013 will be up. We have two songs for preview on reverbnation. "My Case" and "world F.T.K' Also we are looking to shoot a video and Tour Canada in 2013 (maybe some dates in US as well).
Album Review Psycho Mad Sally - How II Survive
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Artist: Psycho Mad Sally From: Toronto, ON, Canada Album: How II Survive Release Date: April 18,... Artist: Psycho Mad Sally
From: Toronto, ON, Canada
Album: How II Survive
Release Date: April 18, 2013
1. Marion Sims - 7/10
2. My Case - 7.5/10
3. World Fits the Kitchen - 9/10
4. Tennessee - 8/10
5. Danger Danger - 7/10
6. Silencium GAG - 8/10
7. Detox - 8/10
8. Johnny's Symptom - 8/10
Overall Score: 7.8
Psycho Mad Sally's most current album, "How II Survive" is unlike any album I have ever listened to before. Multiple genres of music, like metal and folk for example, are integrated into one sound to make a unique sound, exclusively for this band. With rapid tempo changes, violin playing, and super-raspy vocals, courtesy of lead vocalist Sasha Nevskaya, common on this album (and previous album: 30 Days [To Pay the Rent]), Psycho Mad Sally has their own signature sound.
The first song on the album, "Marion Sims," gives the listener a taste of the blending of multiple genres right off the bat when beginning to listen to the album. The violin is prevalent in this song, which gives it that folky quality. But, in stark contrast, the song shifts gears and with dark electric melodies played on the guitar, the song shifts to a more metal feel. At the end of the song when, "Paralyzed/Blacking out/Want to kill/ Want to die," is sung (very powerfully too), these dark lyrics are accompanied by fast paced heavy instrumentals. Personally, it reminds me of a Slayer meets Bob Dylan scenario.
In the song "My Case", especially, I find that Nevskaya's voice especially sounds like Distiller's vocalist Brody Dalle more than any other song. Both women share similar voices, which adds power and fascination to songs as its rawness draws the listener in. A distinct feature of this song is the double bass drum that sounds after the chorus. This really shows the metal side of Psycho Mad Sally.
Additionally, in "World Fits the Kitchen," Nevskaya features something interesting. In this song (one of my favourite songs of the album) there are vocals spoken in Russian, Nevskaya's, a part of her native heritage. This, along with a couple of other songs off the album featuring a tiny bit of Russian, (such as "Silencium GAG") adds a personal touch to the music since the listener gets a feeling of this members roots. Moreover, "World Fits the Kitchen" has a punk-feel. The song starts off at a moderate speed and eventually picks up to a rapid speed at the chorus. The tempo change keeps the song interesting and keeps the listener surprised when the change happens. The best metaphor for this is like being on a roller coaster blindfolded, with drops and changes happening unexpectedly, bringing the listener excitement and pleasure. Psycho Mad Sally has even made a music video for this song as well.
"Tennessee" and "Danger Danger" have a gothic touch. The violin is more prevalent in these songs, however, not played in a folk style. This really shows the diversity of the band and what the violin itself could to. In these songs, there is also a lack of pace change, but instead male back up vocals are added to "Danger Danger".
"Detox" features a lovely bass introduction and more noticeable violin. It's as if folk music were human and drank too much Monster energy drink - the fast and the folkiest. However, the word "folk" (well, gypsy) is being used very lightly as it is only an infusion rather than the overpowering sound in the genre.
Lastly, "Johnny's Symptom" is really neat in the way that the lyrics are a story of a bitter man named Johnny. It's rare for the majority of songs these days to have a specific storyline to them but this one broke the mold.
It seems that Psycho Mad Sally is breaking the mold of music in general with every song they play and release. In general, I was very satisfied with this band and am surprised they are not more widespread because they deserve it.
Click here to purchase "How II Survive": http://psychomadsally.bandcamp.com/
Check out the band's official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/psychomadsally?fref=ts
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Ash in My Whiskey
set time ~ 35-45 min
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