The NEW Brick by Brick presents
Psychostick with special guests
Downtown Brown, Urizen, Vic Viper, Blood Dancer
1130 Buenos Ave
San Diego, CA, 92110
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
A breath of fresh air has come for those who need a break from the standard angry rock or metal band. While many fans love the rush of loud and heavy music, it usually comes bundled with negative lyrics and attitudes.
Psychostick's notoriously entertaining and energetic live show, in conjunction with their full length album "We Couldn't Think Of a Title" originally released in 2003, quickly made Psychostick a Phoenix local legend. Loyal fans continually came back to shows in order to "get their 'Stick fix" (something commonly said on local music websites).
In June of 2005, Psychostick's song "Beer" became a hit on XM Radio's Squizz 48, where it competed with other bands such as Staind and System of a Down, beating them out for the position of #1 for 7 consecutive weeks. "Beer" remained in the top 10, and "Two Ton Paperweight" was added to regular rotation as well. Many other radio stations from all over the US have been picking up the "Beer" song, and as a result Psychostick had sold over 1,600 cds, mostly sold through the internet.
Originating in Texas in 1998 and then moving to Phoenix in 2000, Psychostick has come from being a simple local band to a national hit. Psychostick has been steadily climbing higher and higher in the industry. They have captured the attention of many who are curious how far this independent band will go, as well as accumulated a die-hard fanbase that grows more every day.
With songs being about anything from frustration with a bad car to faking their deaths in order to achieve fame, "the hook" lies not just in catchy choruses, but in hilarious and memorable moments sprinkled throughout every song.
"It's refreshing to see people coming back to our site and quoting our lyrics because it brings out their lighter side," says Rob, the singer.
Psychostick has found a way to break the mold from a genre that often takes itself way too seriously. Combining well-written heavy riffs and grooves with tongue-in-cheek slapstick-comedy song themes, Psychostick has created a style that will either have crowds mosh-pitting one second, or doubled over laughing in another.
Exploding from (the suburbs of) Detroit rock city in 2001, and venturing to the absolute bottom of the rabbit hole by 2014, Downtown Brown has carved a unique saga over their 13-year existence. Jamming a mutant style that splices together punk, funk, metal, rock, experimental, and hip-hop, DTB garnered immediate results. People either loved them or hated them for their often politically incorrect, outrageous lyrics coupled with genre-hopping technical skill.
Founding member, songwriter and vocalist/guitarist Neil P. (Neebo) took a DIY approach from the start. What began as a basement-house-party rampage soon spilled into larger venues thanks to the band's ridiculously entertaining live show. By 2007, DTB had self-released a handful of albums and began booking their own national tours.
In 2008, after multiple member changes, Neil P. recruited the man known as RON. With the addition of the avant-garde bassist, the band adopted a more collaborative approach to songwriting. Ron's non sequitur writing style allowed for new possibilities in the direction of the music, stretching their songs into uncharted territory.
By 2010, the band got signed and released their 5th full-length record 'Grabbleton's Beach' on DC-Jam Records (Fishbone, Adicts, Richie Ramone). This was DTB's attempt to create an 'X-rated children's album ...on crack'. The LP, which features guests like Indie hip-hop sensation WAX, remains the most progressive, abstract, absurd, and musically adventurous album in the band's discography. DTB toured heavily in support of the disc over the next two years where the band thrived in a live setting, but the album ultimately confused and repulsed music critics with its vulgar stupidity and fearless sonic experimentation.
Their current drummer BOBBINZ joined in 2011 and single-handedly propelled the frenetic live energy of DTB to new heights with his ferocious, precise, and unrelenting percussion style. His addition solidified the band's tightest, most concrete lineup to date.
By 2012, Downtown Brown signed a management deal with NORWOOD FISHER of the legendary L.A. punk/funk/ska band FISHBONE, and began touring as support for larger national acts like ANGRY SAMOANS and PSYCHOSTICK. Again setting out to confuse and rub people the wrong way, DTB agreed to record a duet with the 'most hated band in the world', INSANE CLOWN POSSE, on their 2012 album 'The Mighty Death Pop' (which debuted at #4 of the Billboard 200 Album Chart).
Sadly, DTB's stage show and sillier material seemed to over shadow the band's emotional versatility. DTB's mixed bag may be filled with sensationalistic attempts to offend and raise eyebrows, but their vast musical catalog also contains songs that explore the human condition and promote themes like love, truth, social justice, defiance and self-pride.
In 2013 the band hit the studio with Norwood as producer of their 6th full-length studio album, 'Masterz of the Universe'. With Fisher at the helm, the album oozes amazing bass tone, capturing Ron's unique, inventive style. 'Masterz' is the band's first attempt at a 'serious' rock record, an intentional departure from the ludicrous nature of 'Grabbleton's'. Even though some of the songs are in the vein of DTB's previous lunacy, most of 'Masterz' is comprised of tightly focused compositions written from a sincere state of being. The lyrics chronicle Neil's journey out of the fog of a 6-year battle with anti-depressants, in which he dishes with brutal honesty about love, chemical dependency, the state of the world, and staying true to DTB's artistic vision against all odds. Considered by the band to be their greatest triumph, 'Masterz' was released in November of 2013. The promotion of the album will continue well into 2015, with multiple music videos and hundreds of tour dates in the works supporting bands like DEAD KENNEDYS, THE ADICTS, PEELANDER-Z and many more.
Starting in a basement with zero dollars and little more than a passion to play the music they love, Downtown Brown have since toured the country and recorded with some their heroes, all while maintaining their own unique style and sound.
The balls of Rammstein strapped to the bodies of DEVO with the brains of Type O Negative performing the live show of GWAR… with a robot!
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Blood Dancer is a Power Metal band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2010, they are a surrealistic blend of Iron Maiden, Dio, Queen, Death, and Opeth.
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