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The best kept secret in music


With an American flag bandana in his back pocket and a black jelly bracelet, the Psylis singer belted out a hook filled set singing pop songs with a rock beat. He was cool and confident and did well leading this five piece that included two guitars, bass, drums, and keys. When the band began their first set I found myself really not sure if they were my style. However, as the set continued and the band played through the pop-punk anthem, Word of Mouth, and the bass heavy, The Final Curtain, they began to win me over. The crowd filed in by about 9:30 and immediately descended upon the front of the stage and dance and yelled, “whoo, Psylis rocks.” Psylis really got the crowd rocking when they played a decent cover of The Killers song, Mr. Brightside. The band’s upbeat hot rockers kept me more interested than their slower ballads. Although, my favorite song of theirs, Renee’s Place, had some ballad-like piano parts, and it still found a way to rock. At the end of the song the pounding bass drum and wondering guitar leads gave way to a strong voice singing “drive onto Renee’s Place.”

By Kris Neises | Thursday, July 20, 2006, 04:24 PM, DAYTON DAILY NEWS

- Dayton Daily News

The first time I saw Psylis they played a ballad filled set that exploited the piano and slow hooks that were quite poppy. This time around, however they stuck with most of their rock stuff playing only a couple songs that could be considered “pretty pop.” These included the piano rock song Renee’s Place, and the sad slow ballad written by their friend, Kevin, with lines like “I’d find tomorrow if I could see it.”

I was glad to see them rock out because I enjoy their upbeat power pop songs a lot better than the slow ones. Songs like the cowbell heavy, radio friendly rock song Word of Mouth and their “new song,” jam packed with finger bleeding guitar solos, palm muted power chords, and eyes closed emotion, really got the crowd going.

Another highlight was the second song the band had ever written, Northern Flame that included a solid verse/chorus arrangement brought to life by a harmonica. The band’s cover of Wonderwall by Oasis was average, but the band finished strong with the compelling rock song The Final Curtain.

A big supportive family could have helped Psylis in the voting.

By Kris Neises | Saturday, August 12, 2006, 04:15 PM DAYTON DAILY NEWS

- Dayton Daily News

Rock Band Psylis takes the lead at the Cavern's "Project Rock" competition over the weekend. - Xenia Gazette

Psylis comes out on top at the Cavern's Project Rock 2007 competition. - Xenia



The Big Picture EP (2007, independent)
Self-titled EP (2005, independent)

Singles -

Landed (WWSU, Dayton Ohio)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Where do we start to explain the journey?

Well, we could start 30 miles south of the only remaining demilitarized zone in the world, in Seoul South Korea. Or should we pick up the boys on the Gulf Coast of this great country we all love?

How ‘bout we just start right here, at home.

This is Xenia Ohio.

This is Psylis.

An Indie Rock Band born and bred on the streets of this small town, Psylis is formed of two sets of brothers and another friend. The Psylis boys include David Payne (Vocal, Guitar, Keys), Dustin "Hoggle" Payne (Bass), Dustin Filson (Guitar, Keys, Vocals), Derek Filson (Lead Guitar) and Matt Oliver (Drums, Percussion, Vocals). The sons of travelers, they were born across the globe--from Seoul, South Korea to San Francisco to the Gulf Coast.

Since the boys got together in the summer of ’05, there has been a spark of creativity seldom seen in this town. Immediately they started to write and record, not content with playing covers for years while they built a following. The lyrics are about life as they know it—from their seat in life. Make no mistake, when you listen to Psylis, you are listening to Psylis.

The driving force in this group is hard to nail down, though many continue to try. From the lead vocals that send the passion of the song right through your gut with masterful delivery—to the powerful and intricate chord progressions and lead guitar riffs that pierce your very soul—Psylis keeps coming at you till you simply can’t get enough. It’ll raise the short hairs and keep them up all night.

Born and influenced from a rock musical era that was a potpourri of musical eras before it, this music is genuine—a refreshing break from the cookie cutter music heard so much on the airwaves today. It’s the kind of music you swear is just what you needed to end the week with, drive a thousand miles with, or just rock out at home with.

It’s not just the music with Psylis though. It’s the fans too. You can bet that after every show you are welcome to sit down, grab a cold drink, and just hang out. If you do though, prepare yourself for a good time—especially if the drummer shows up. Psylis knows that the fans are the reason they do what they do, and they appreciate that. You’ll know when you come to a show.

So, for now, Psylis is rocking Southern Ohio. You can rest assured they will be spreading out sooner than later, and you will know when they are coming to your town. When they get there, be sure to see them.

It’s a show you will not soon forget.