GIG Psicotronics + Tracy Vandal
Artists: Psicotronics + Tracy Vandal.
Psicotronics generators and stuff to hypnotise you and to make you feel… In the words of Victor Torpedo: ‘Psicotronics is the Marquis of Cha Cha, lord of the out of bill and norm and of moral society. Marquis is the last remaining survivor of a crystalline world, a beautiful world where unicorns kiss in the twilight. If you notice it, we have yet to talk about music, and it is not even needed, given that everything about Marquis is melody and music to look and to hear. There is no need to create personas and histories when everything is so pure and direct. You can hope to get good music, touching angles between electronica and minimal rock and roll. For me, it is much more than that: it is the Special One. Thank you Marquis of Cha Cha (to me, Victor Torpedo and to Pedro Antunes) to be part of this adventure. Love, Victor Torpedo.’ The sound of Psicotronics wanders between the 80s electronic, in such names as Suicide, DAF, Cabaret Voltaire, Frontline Assembly, Alien Sex Fiend, Ministry and others. They are a trio: Victor Torpedo (Tédio Boys, Parkinsons, Blood Safari) in the electric guitar, Pedro Calhau (Subway Riders and Bunnyranch) in the electric bass and Marquis of Cha Cha in the voice, to which a dancing programme is added. In the melodic masses a sub-repticious groove is announced which takes hold of the listener and forces him to dance.
After a great period of absence, Tracy Vandal presents her first disc as herself, the EP – ‘The end of Everything’. Boz Boorer – guitar player, composer and music director of Morrissey and ex-members of Polecats, has been with her throughout nearly all songs. João Rui, of A Jigsaw, made the arrangements of some of the songs built on emotions filled with a desolate emptiness, and putting the emphasis on that dark side of the disc. Written in a cold and melancholic November, in Coimbra, resulting from a forced isolation at home and a confrontation with the emotional longing which fills us, this disc stresses the moment in which life seems to fade out – being only the beginning, despite being the end. In the United Kingdom Tracy Vandal was part of projects such as Giant Paw, Dick Johnson, Lincoln and Karelia (the first band of Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand). In London she met Victor Torpedo, who with Kaló (Tédio Boys, Bunnyranch and Parkinsons) and ‘Portuguese Pedro’ Serra (Ruby Ann & the Boppin’Boozers) formed the Tijuana Bibles. Living in Portugal since 2011 after the extinction of the aforementioned project, Tracy Vandal decided to continue her career as a solo. The first adventure is the 5 song EP – The End Of Everything.
15 July 2015 | Sub-palco [Under Stage], TM Rivoli, Porto | Curated by Pedro Miguel Ferreira and Rivoli TM