Psychocide vocalist/guitarist Goldwyn Thandrayen took time out of his daily routine to correspond with us about his band’s journey thus far, providing insight on how the album Alcohol and Bad Decisions came to be.
CC: From viewing your official website, I’ve gathered that you are individuals that have come together from very different backgrounds. How exactly did the current lineup of the band come together?
Goldwyn: I met Wilson (drummer) through an ad I posted on Craigslist and I believe Charlie Chain (guitar) was wanting to start a project and he got in touch with Wilson. Who then told him he was already involved in a project (Psychocide) but that we were actually still recruiting. So, he joined us shortly after, then brought in JR (bass) and that’s how we all got together.
CC: So, the band started off in New York City and ended up in San Diego with the intention of going to Los Angeles. But, ended up getting lost and landing in Montreal. What exactly happened during that road trip? Why didn’t you guys just turn around after crossing the California state line?
Goldwyn: That’s a very good question. I think we must really like Maple Syrup and Canadian women, more specifically the Quebecoise and wine.
CC: Do you still intend to return to LA or have you decided to call Montreal home?
Goldwyn: I hate having to predict some kind of unforeseeable future, especially one so derivative such as location. Psychocide is a band that makes music, so we are not planning on building any kind of factories or offices anytime soon. So, I like to think that the music will take us wherever it takes us. But for now, Montreal is home.
CC: Do you find that Montreal is a suitable place with an adequate enough music scene for a band? Is the music scene there better than it is in California?
Goldwyn: I can only speak from my perspective. But, I would say for us and for now, it is more suitable. There is something pretty special in my opinion about Montreal. The appreciation for art is quite something here and the collaboration that happens between bands is something I didn’t quite see in the U.S. But, it could also just be timing and luck with the people we ran into.
CC: You have an album called Alcohol and Bad Decisions that’s written about various characters you’ve encountered during parties. Can you go into specific detail about at least one, if not more of the drunken stories that inspired a song?
Goldwyn: Sure, I think I went over Temporary Friends a few times before, so here is how Mary came about. It was another party going on in our apartment, usually I think about 50 odd were invited and by the end of the night around 100 were there if not more. Me, Haffro (ex-bass player) and Daimo (ex-drummer) were goofing around a riff. Haffro started riffing some words out about a mutual friend Mary, who was quite a girl. Nothing really caught on except the chorus, “round and round and round, Mary goes.” The original lyrics from that would have probably been epic had we recorded it. It was probably an R-Rated version for sure. Anyway, once I actually went on to write the song, it transformed as did the character from the original real person to another woman. I combined the many facets of strong, beautiful women that have broken my heart and turned it into Mary.
CC: Describe, if you will, your process for writing a song. I mean, do you guys ever just wake up the next day after a party with a hangover and start writing or how does that go?
Goldwyn: Sometimes it happens. I mean, nowadays I’m better at it as I use the voice recorder on my phone every time I have something. But for that record, I would say most of it was someone recorded us jamming and I would ask for those the next day to try and remember the core and construct something around it.
CC: As time goes on, do you see yourselves continuing to draw inspiration from alcohol and partying for albums in the future or do you think that will change?
Goldwyn: I’m pretty sure it won’t be the same. I don’t live in that apartment anymore. So, there is no way in hell that this can be recreated even if we were to make a movie out of it. It would be impossible to recreate one of those nights.
Our new writing is already different. I mean the new lineup is already a new bunch of guys so we are currently figuring out the writing process here, but with that being said, we have our own little rituals that we are starting. It’s not around alcohol, but it will keep things interesting, I promise you that.
CC: The album you just released will coincide with the pages of a comic book. Do you have any more details you could share about it? Such as what stage of production it’s currently in, or maybe a possible release date or if it will be published in print or digital form.
Goldwyn: Yeah, so writing a comic book is pretty much like writing a script, the script is done. The story world has been created. There is a goodish guy (ringleader from Street Named Desire) and bad guy (Mr. Suit). I’m more or less going over the story to make sure nothing clashes, as we released a lot of videos prior to making this record, so I want every detail to still tie-in and make sense. We are planning a release date of September 30th. In terms of publishing, we are looking at that right now and it will be available in print to fans (sold at the merch table) only at first and later on to the public.
CC: The band formed from a desire to join the circus. Do you guys still have aspirations of being in the circus after the band has come this far?
Goldwyn: Hell yeah, we are in Montreal. If you didn’t already know the Cirque Du Soleil is from here. I have actually started working with a few clowns last week and I am shooting a short film with them. So far, I can tell you that it’s a solid yes and it’s not a circus with cheap tricks and popcorn. It’s a freak show with horror and comedy. Picture an asylum.
CC: Are there any messages that your band are trying to get across to the fans or the general public. What do we need to know about Psychocide?
Goldwyn: Thanks to everyone that has been supporting us over the years, for the music videos and shows. It is really what keeps us going as a band and individuals. So, we really appreciate it when we get to meet you at a gig. And hey, next time say hi, we are very accessible and love beer.