Psychopunch – “Sweet Baby Octane” (Steamhammer / SPV)
Definitely one of Scandinavia’s best punk rock n roll bands, Psychopunch have been around since the late 90s and are now onto their 11th album. Formed by JM and later joined by long time drummer Jocke, Psychopunch’s focus is on massively catchy rock n roll songs with hugely memorable singalong choruses – and that’s an understatement! This is modern rock n roll as electric as when Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard first yanked n cranked, crooned n swooned, and broke a million tender hearts. With the fire now transferred into JM’s loins, it’s all in the grooves of the 13 tracks making up “Sweet Baby Octane”. From JM’s own road raw vocals to his tender but gutsy guitar to those crooning vocal harmonies you can feel the burning love of those heart breaker tattoos – but hit the gas and man, you’ll see the fire from those exhausts as Jocke starts hammering in and newboy Magnus Henriksson‘s fiery lead starts to hit home like a switchblade. From their cover of Teddybears ‘Punkrocker’ to guest vocals by Tossa from Swedish punk rock act Puffball on ´On A Night Like This (Hell Yeah)` and German vocalist Clare Von Stitch, who matches JM on a punk or die duet in ´Forever And A Day`, Psychopunch have it all rolled up – right down to the first genuine country punk track, ´When You´re Out Of Town` featuring another guest in Swedish singer Julia Mörtstrand. But for me, it was the deep n cool crooner ‘So High (When I’m With You)’ or the smokin’ high octane of ‘Masquerade’ and the simply red hot ‘The New Alive’ that keeps me listening to this fantastic band year after year cos this is where my heart is. Sweet rock n roll, baby.