It’s been a long time of waiting for Juck Juck Grunzie‘s full-length. After their single, Soundchecking, which was recorded before the band ventured into a new direction, Psycho is much more of a mix of styles. It combines elements of post-rock, rock, psychedelica, and sometimes funk. The mixture is strange on first listen, but the practice that the band put in has produced a very impressive result.
Starting with “Psycho,” there are small elements of Primus that come across during the sections without vocals. This was surprising because I haven’t listened to Primus in a long time, but was immediately reminded.
Juck Juck Grunzie also play a cover of Dead Kennedys‘ “To Drunk to Fuck” which is a great rendition of the song in their style. The meat of the album definitely happens midway through with much more dense songs. Vocalist and keyboardist Ah-reum uses vocals as another instrument rather than guiding the music, it flows within the music. All the different instruments produce standalone melodies that mesh together.
“Meth-Odd” is probably my favorite song on the album because the slow tempo that finds a groove combined with Jeehye‘s impressive guitar. Combine that with the impressive bass melodies from Booooong and the technical drumming from Geun Chang and the result is a perfect collaboration. The album is sung in English so it’s easy to understand the lyrics, even though the distortion on the vocals might make it a little difficult to understand at times.
Psycho is the album I’ve been waiting for from Juck Juck Grunzie. It captures the power of their live shows while restraining it slightly. The band’s live show is an amazing experience and you can get a taste of it on Psycho.