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Pyschotic Monks at the Botanique, post-punk that stings

The undeground revelation from France came to Brussels to defend their latest album: Pink Colour Surgery. Expected by many to confirm their special status, we look back on this unique evening.

A quality opener !

Diemen Sniep, the experimental project from Liège, opens the evening with a bang. In a style similar to that of our French friends, we enjoy a dense, solid show, which prepares us in the best conditions for our reunion with Psychotic. Second meeting with the project, we had the chance to see them accompanied by our carolos friends from The WRS at the late Magasin 4 for a completely crazy evening. We were taken in by a violent guitar sound, crushing bass and a musical ease from all the members. With classics like “It’s Gone” or “Isolation“, we were delighted to be able to find these timeless songs with the latest compositions ! A groovy, dirty, noisy album that is a great musical evolution for the band.

And the ground shook

And the sauce takes from the start and what’s easy with them is how natural the show is. While the guitarist gets excited about smashing his strings into empty delays that get lost in between, the singer hops around in his bathrobe and hammers away on his Moog, stirring our lunch. No need for bass, the second guitarist takes care of this choice of frequencies to make his guitar purr, the whole encompassed by surely the least crazy of the band (or the worst ?), a drummer son of metronome who explodes his cymbals with holes. If the set quickly seems very focused on the last album, we take pleasure in rediscovering a new and surprising facet of the project. The music is less punk, it pays tribute to the post and the setlist has a very nice dynamic, going from the explosion to the silence sometimes disturbed by a cellphone that is a bit too loud. With the recent transition of one of the band members, the band decided to dedicate this set under the sign of inclusion and tolerance, hats off.

Through tracks like Post-Post” or “Crash“, we were able to rediscover this band that hits hard in the guts and that transformed the time of an evening the hall of the Orangerie in a macabre dance with lasers.

Psychotic Monks has everything to become a mythical group. You can also find them in Dour to enjoy this show, high in volume and intensity. The French have already marked 2023 with a unique and explosive album, they have marked it twice with a high-flying show. No frills, emotions, distortion and freedom. Cheer !

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