Liverpool Art-Punk collective, Psycho Comedy, have stepped firmly into the spotlight since the release of their highly anticipated debut album, Performance Safe Number One. The outfit, whose influence lies heavily in the New York punk scene, have grabbed the attention of many with their unique brand and sound. We sat down with frontman – Shawn Powell – to ask a few questions to discuss how these times are affecting musicians and find out a little more about how the landscape of the music industry will look moving forward.
What have you been listening to recently to ease the boredom of being cooped up?
6 Music – all day. I’m enjoying the lockdown, working through records, film and books. No boredom here.
How have you found the extended period in isolation has impacted your creativity? Have you found it to be a blessing or a curse?
Well, time is on our side so you have the space to perfect pieces that are already there and also to experiment. Personally, I’ve been able to delve into more art, more literature, more film, so yeah more influence I guess which helps trigger emotion, vision and sounds.
Have you taken to any social media platforms to deliver live performances during this time? If so, how did you find the reception?
We have worked with The Mind Map on a few occasions to bring spoken word, music and conversation together. People seemed to enjoy it. It’s still not ideal and there are limitations, but we are safe so we can’t complain really.
Do you think this time will see a rise in ‘DIY’ musicians stepping into the spotlight? Do you think this is a good thing for the industry?
It’s so early on so I’m not sure anyone can have a definite answer on that one. Certainly, those artists who are forward with technology and use it as part of their act or DNA then they may enjoy it. Also, with the whole ‘DIY’, it depends on what instruments, kit and software you have at your hands. If you don’t then it can be difficult to create. If you can produce a record from your room, cosmic!
How do you think this period will shape the music landscape for the years to come?
I worry about funding and venues. Artists need a platform. Music will never die. Who knows.
What is the first thing you are going to do when this is all over?
Go and see family and friends, and rehearse with Psycho Comedy.
Have you got a message for any of your fans that might be reading this? Any means by which they can support yourselves/the band at this time?
Stay safe and speak to people. Look after your physical and mental health as best you can, but please do buy or listen to our record, Performance Space Number One.