New Psyche Reissues
Canadian brothers Darrin and Stephen Huss began collaborating musically in 1982. Inspired by the title of a Killing Joke B-side, the boys chose the band name Psyche. Throughout the 1980s, the Huss brothers worked under the aliases Evan Panic and Anthony Red. Keyboardist Dwayne Goettel was also a member during Psyche’s early days, and contributed to live performances and demo recordings; Goettel would later join Skinny Puppy.
Hailed as pioneers of the darkwave genre, Psyche blends elements of synthpop, industrial, goth, and experimental electronics. The duo’s debut single, “Thundershowers”, was released independently in 1985, followed by the LP “Insomnia Theatre.” Achieving moderate success in Europe, “Insomnia Theatre” was licensed by France’s New Rose Records for wider distribution. Psyche remained attached to New Rose for three years, producing two more albums and several singles.
Psyche’s first three albums have been remastered and will be reissued on CD and vinyl via Canadian label Artoffact Records on 24 June 2016. The releases include a generous assortment of bonus tracks, personally selected by Darrin Huss, of which several are previously unreleased or unavailable on CD.
While Huss has described the new editions as “definitive”, there is material lacking from the respective releases. In an effort to fill in some gaps, today’s posts feature Psyche’s New Rose-era EPs, with vinyl singles recreated from digital sources.
In memory of Stephen Huss (19 August 1967 – 02 August 2015).