Bloodshot Bill Releases 'Psyche-o-Billy' on Goner Records


November 27, 2023

Bloodshot Bill is back with New Album, Psyche-O-Billy!

“Like Roy Orbison with a head injury!” - legendary auteur John Waters 



From his first self-released album in 2001, through sixteen more, over thirty singles, and collaborations with the likes of King Khan, Mark Sultan, Jon Spencer, Deke Dickerson, and the 5.6.7.8’s, Bloodshot Bill has parlayed his unique blend of rockabilly, R&B, and garage rock into feverishly prolific productions that tap into the very roots of mutant rock’n’roll. As his reputation has grown, Bloodshot Bill has been deemed a rockabilly wildman, a primitive, a seminal punk, a throwback to the wild ‘50s, and the deranged spirit of psychobilly madness. His latest album, Psyche-o-Billy, which has been released, on Goner Records on November 24, 2023, exudes raw energy and authenticity via a frenzied, stripped down soundscape that defies all rules and descriptions.
 
Written during the COVID-19 pandemic and recorded at Bloodshot Bill’s home studio in Montréal, Québec, Psyche-o-Billy is equal parts joyous, moody, plaintive, searching, and deeply steeped in that old weird America documented via the otherworldly tunes captured on Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. “My music is for weirdos,” Bloodshot Bill confirms. “I want ‘em to feel good...or bad… Whatever way they wanna feel!” 

Throughout the fourteen songs that comprise Psyche-o-Billy, Bloodshot Bill stutters, yodels, hoots, howls, hiccups, cackles, strums, drums, and sings with the trademarked unflinching conviction that netted him the 2020 Ameripolitan Rockabilly Male of the Year trophy. Forget the sometimes stifling claustrophobia of the American roots-rock scene: Bloodshot Bill blows the roof off from the album’s opener, “Impresto,” a nonsensical moaning, growling, wailing sing-along that effortlessly sets the tone, on through “Guess What,” the off-kilter yodeling closer that sounds like it was cut amidst a roomful of happy drunks on an amphetamine-addicted tape machine. 

“I’m just expanding the vocabulary of roots rock,” Bloodshot Bill says of the creative process that led to Psyche-o-Billy. “I created it like I always do… just writing songs and recording them as they come.” 

Psyche-o-Billy is replete with sounds that evoke a laundry list of pop culture references seemingly pulled from everywhere and nowhere all at once: the cartoon hero Popeye, guitar god Link Wray, Tolkien’s denizens of Middle Earth, and the hillbilly Shakespeare Hank Williams are all present and accounted for, with the ghosts of Bo Diddley, Charlie Feathers, and Hasil Adkins along for the ride.

Consider his ebullient chorus on “I’m a Ding Dong,” the pounding rhythms of “Get My Hun Away,” the inane lyrics of “Tik Tik Love Song,” or the burlesque-ish instrumental lines on “Creepin’,” and It’s impossible not to put images to this music: herky-jerky black-and-white cartoons, slapstick comedy shorts, and scenes from long-forgotten Western flicks unfurl through the imagination as you listen, riveted to your chair. On the other hand, the uncompromisingly blunt tearjerker “Tell Me To Go,” which ends with a whistling coda, is as heavy a honkytonk heartbreaker as it gets. Get your 'PSYCHE-O-BILLY' Album from Bloodshot Bill Now! Hear the latest of his singles on Racketeer Radio KFQX!

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