Melbourne’s Psychobabel have returned with their new single Chaotic Neutral, a bold and ferocious psych-tinged track that touches on the concept of fear, and serves as another chapter in the band’s abstract conceptual narrative. Psychobabel’s discography is a cleverly and deliberately crafted non-sequential story, following the journey of a fictional character created as an extreme extension of Romero’s thoughts and experiences. As fans of games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Skyrim, and Dark Souls, Chaotic Neutral is laced with fantastical references both lyrically and sonically, with its title stemming from the DnD alignment. The band tell Hi Fi Way more about the single.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the Chaotic Neutral?
Slow and painful at first but then a lot of fun. The track was meant to come out earlier this year, but because we went into lockdown and all our plans ended up the trash. But now it’s out and we are super stoked about it.
Was the process of making your Chaotic Neutral as challenging as you thought?
It was definitely difficult in some aspects. Lockdown made it difficult to get anything done leading up to the single and when we got into the studio everyone was very emotionally strung out. It was a weird year to make and release music.
Sonically, how would describe your music?
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Tim and Eric
Best piece of advice you have been given?
To just chill the fuck out
How did the band get together?
Me (Leah) and Lee have played in bands together for years, and knew Stu from uni. We met Matt at a show and a little while after we decided form Psychobabel.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Yes absolutely! We miss being on tour and can’t wait to get back to playing interstate shows again.
What’s next for Psychobabel?
Looking forward to announcing some shows and hopefully able to drop more new music soon.
We hear you’re big fans of games like Dungeons and Dragons, Skyrim, and Dark Souls. How does that inspire your music?
Yeah we are big fans of those games and this track is laced with references both lyrically and sonically, and also with the title stemming from a DnD alignment. We worked with our producer Jon Grace who got super nerdy with us and the track. There are samples from Dark Souls sprinkled through out the song which we love.
Interview By Rob Lyon