Waltz with Bashir

by Psychic 5

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Psychic 5 are a post-folk band based in Melbs and have been gigging around since late 2016. Citing Grandaddy, The Dirty Three and Low as influences, they've managed to rack up some great shows with Conrad Keely (...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead), Odlaw (WA) and Fourteen Nights At Sea.

Having been asked to play Sonic Masala Fest in Brisbane in August, Psychic 5 went into the studio with acclaimed producer John Lee (Emma Russack, Laura Jean, Mountains In The Sky) to record two songs that will be launched at the festival.

The single, Waltz With Bashir, is a passionate and energetic track about the futility of both war and religion, inspired after watching the movie of the same name. Given the subject matter, Psychic 5 and Sonic Masala have decided to donate any proceeds from the single to be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

The B-side is a cover of PJ Harvey's The Dancer, featuring Ladie Dee (Howl At The Moon) on lead vocals. The song has particular importance to both artists, as Psychic 5's first performance was a tribute to PJ Harvey's To Bring You My Love with Ladie Dee where both acts performing the song live. Their last Melbourne show was at a packed Old Bar, with a live rendition bringing the house down.

Their mix of violin, keys, various stringed instruments and stand-up drums have made them a crowd favourite. They're super excited to release their next recording, with a Melbourne launch planned for later in the year.


released August 3, 2017

Psychic 5 are:
Dougie: Vocals/Drums/Mandolin
Paddy: Guitar/Vocals/Mandola
Alice: Keys/Vocals
Phil: Bass/Vocals
Spencer: Violin

Recorded at Scrap Museum by Dougie, mixed and mastered by John Lee at Phaedra Studios. Produced by Psychic 5 and John Lee.

Ladie Dee: lead vocals on The Dancer
Dan Parsons, Tom Kendall, Dan Watkins: backing vocals on Waltz With Bashir

Photo by Naomi Lee Beveridge

Waltz With Bashir: Words - Arnott, Music - Psychic 5/Quiet In The Lab!
The Dancer: Words and music - PJ Harvey

Thanks to our friends, families, Naomi, John, all the lovely bands we've played with, and Sonic Masala. You bunch of sweethearts, you!

Special thanks to The Captain, Professor and General for letting us keep an old friend around for a little longer.


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It was early on a Sunday morning at ATP - A Nightmare Before Christmas 2009. I decided to cook a curry, it was 4 in the morning, we had had a few! We called it Sonic Masala, We decided to actually do something about the music we talked about all the time. So we started a blog about the music we talk about. ... more

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