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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Psychotic Youth - Forever and Never

2020.... Man, What a year it has been for singer/guitarist Jörgen Westman and the other longtime band members of PSYCHOTIC YOUTH, Ulf Abrahamsson (guitar), Anders Nordstrand (bass), Gunnar Frick (organ), and Kent Sjöholm (drums). 

Despite the weird times we are living in and the lack of concerts, the band managed to celebrate its 35 years of existence by reissuing two of its most famous full lengths:

1) "STEREOIDS REVISITED", released in transparent green vinyl, is featuring a new mix by Christian Jacobsen - the Norwegian wizard who is internationally known for working with bands like Yum Yums, The Dahlmanns etc. 

2) "BAMBOOZLE", the album that is best know for including the covers of the hit "Japanese boy" and for its brilliant rendition of "How long will it take" originally by the Plimsouls is pressed on a beautiful red transparent vinyl.  

But what would have sufficed to any other band on the planet, is not enough for PSYCHOTIC YOUTH. On the top of those 2 reissues, the group just released what is probably its best record so far, its 14th album: FOREVER AND NEVER. And boy, what a record it is. Once again produced by Christian Jacobsen. this new record is firing on all cylinders and featuring 15 tracks (including 2 covers: Secret Service's "Ten O'Clock Postman" and The Messengers' "That's the Way a Woman Is") of classic power pop/surf-punk soon to be hits.  

If, like yours truly, you are a long time fan of PSYCHOTIC YOUTH, then this new album with hooks aplenty, big choruses, fat guitars  and swirling crumar organ will fill you with joy. If you are a new comer and want to have a taste of the real deal, FOREVER AND NEVER is the perfect place to start. This is an absolute must buy.



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