Sacramento’s PSYCHOSOMATIC To Release New LP With Nefarious Industries

Nefarious Industries proudly announces the signing of long-running Sacramento, California thrash assassins PSYCHOSOMATIC, and is lining up the band’s rabid new LP, The Invisible Prison, for release this summer. A brief teaser video, the album’s cover art, and more have been issued.
See a brief teaser for PSYCHOSOMATIC’s impending The Invisible Prison below.

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Jeff Salgado of Sacramento thrashers Psychosomatic talks new music and line up changes.

From the depths of Sacramento California the crossover thrash metal, punk rock band Psychosomatic was twisted into form in 1988. Spewing forth chaotic blasts of jackhammer style guitar picking on top of super tight speed drumming, ripping fast bass guitar lines and ferocious vocals, spitting out lyrical topics ranging from anti-establishment social issues to horror and insanity. Lead singer/bassist Jeff Salgado took some time out of his busy work out schedule to answer some very important questions for us.
How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?
I was 8 years old in 1978.  My uncle John.  He had these weird posters all over his room.  Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden.   Those images drew me in like a magnet & the music was irresistible.
How did you become a singer or guitarist and are you proficient in any other instruments?
I just listened to bands and wanted to emulate their styles.  My grandfather gave me an acoustic guitar when I was a kid. I still have it.   I tried to be a singer in a heavy metal band when I was 15 (1985).  I sucked. It lasted about a week. I started hanging out with  some local punk rockers & skaters and we started a band.  The music was easier to play.  I started playing bass guitar because nobody else wanted to. I taught myself.
Were you forced to go to church as a youth, if so were you an altar boy or participate in some other ways?
I was forced to go to church……Catholic church.  I remember looking at all these gory pictures of a guy nailed to a cross and everyone was bowing down in front of.   I always wanted to snatch some cash out of the basket being passed around.   Guilt was a big part of it.  I read the bible.  I was in constant trouble.   It all seemed like total bullshit from the beginning. I felt it in my gut. I went to Catechism after school.  I hated that too.
What was the local scene in like in the beginning , was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now? 
Growing up in Salinas had zero scene.  My friends and I would caravan every weekend 2 hours north to the Bay area in the mid 80s.  We used to go to shows at The Farm, On Broadway, The Stone & Mabuhay Gardens in SF.  924 Gilman St Project in Berkeley & The Omni in Oakland.  We couldn’t get enough of them.  I saw Thrasher Magazine’s Skate Rock show at the Farm in 86.  I’d made up my mind that that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  I moved to Sac in 98. Firepie ushered us into the downtown scene.  We buddied up with the Nitz and the Diseptikons.   Sac was a hard town to crack at first.  We just kept at it till we were noticed.
Who are your biggest musical influences? 
As far as bass guitar I was a huge Steve Harris fan.   As far as song writing, Slayer & DRI.
How would you best describe your sound?
80’s thrash metal and hardcore punk whipped into a blender with some crack cocaine added for extra flavor.
How did the band meet and how long did it take to finalize this lineup? How many other musicians did you try out that didn’t make the cut? How stable is the current lineup?
Musical chairs lol.  It started as friends.  Then pieces left and were replaced.  For the longest period it was Toby Swope & Justin Reyes.   Justin left and we became a four piece.   Dan Mills basically replaced Justin’s spot & We had a couple of other guys in the band…Vince Cassinelli from Human Obliteration & Joel Barera from Wastewalker.   Toby Swope our drummer wanted to switch to guitar on the last album so his little brother Jared Klein played drums.   We did a couple US tours with that lineup & it was the tightest.   Jared now plays in Rivers of Nihl & Toby is back on drums.  The current line up is Toby Swope on Drums, Dan Mills on Guitar & myself Bass & vocals.  We are currently looking for a second guitarist.
You most recent record Clicking Sound Of Hammer Pulled Back came out 2015, how did the writing process and recording process differ from your last album Another Disease? What kind of obstacles did you have to overcome to get it out?
Toby wrote most of the album as he did on Another Disease. I would arrange the chords to fit the vocal patterns and wrote a couple songs.  Dan and Joel wrote their own leads.   On “Clicking” we intentionally wrote it to be a classic thrash album.  All the songs having a relatively same style that flowed throughout the entire record.   A Reign in Blood style album that was consistent unlike Another Disease that was different from track to track.   We recorded it the same as Another Disease at Pus Cavern by Joe Johnston in Sac.  Toby laid down the drums and rhythm guitar tracks.  Dan and Joel recorded their leads & I did the bass and vocal tracks.   Pretty simple.
How soon can we expect new Psychosomatic music. Will it be a continuation of the first album. Will you be releasing it on cassette and vinyl. Do you own a cassette player, are cassettes silly? Will it be released by BuriedInHell Records. What has BuriedInHell Records done for you that you couldn’t do yourself? Will you be recording cover songs for the new album?
We’re currently writing the new album. I wrote all our albums before Another Disease which were “Tales of the Unbelievably Cheap, Salinas Years & The Unquenchable Thirst” so I’m back on writing duties again. Feels good.   I’m challenging myself. Toby and myself have very similar styles but this one will have a different feel to it. We don’t know if there will be a cover song on it.  We’ve always been asked about vinyl & but I have no clue if it will be on it. Cassettes are ok I guess? More of a novelty. Buriedinhell Records was just a one album deal. Kenny’s an amazing friend & promoter who worked his ass off for years in the Sac underground scene.
What other bands are you guys in?
Currently none. I attempted to do a side project with the guys from Deadlands called “Dust Devil”.  It had a lot of potential.  But Psychosomatic is a demanding project that allows little time for other things.  So it didn’t work out.
What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?
Everything that had an Iron Maiden logo on it.  Anything Thrash Metal or 80’s style punk.   I also listen to a lot of industial & 80s EDM. I would sometimes buy some remastered version of some bands I liked.
Do you follow President Trump on Twitter?
No.
Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?
Tidal Wave festival w Exodus, Hirax, Attitude Adjustment & Havok in SF. 2500 in attendance.  Shit was amazing,
I haven’t been nervous before a show in decades.  But I still love it very much.
 
 
Out of all your songs which one gets you excited the most when you perform it? Are there any political or social issues hidden in Psychosomatic songs?
Our songs can be physically demanding so my favorite is Everybody Hates Me. Hahahaha. It’s super easy. There’s nothing hidden in our lyrics. We’re blatantly anti establishment.
 
 
What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want? What gear are you currently using, amps, effects, guitars?
I never tried to get endorsed.   I should look into that lol!!!!  I use multiple Ibanez BTB series bass guitars.  SWR x750 pro rigs with 4X10 Goliiath & a 15″ Son if Bertha with a 300 watt Sans Amp rack mount.   Thrash as it gets.
 
 
Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?
Havok. We did and I have. Hahahaha
 
Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?
Hmmmmm. These are weird questions.  AC/DC.  Highway to hell.   I wanna be cremated.
 
 
Whats your next gig?
Summerfest in Watsonville, CA with Thy Antichrist. It’s July 15th. 2 weeks away.   
 
Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?
I really appreciate everything Capital Chaos TV has done for the Northern California metal scene and I’m honored you interviewed me.   See you all very soon when the album drops. Keep Thrashing \m/

Members of the Sacramento metal band Psychosomatic thrash, thrive on word-of-mouth, playing live.

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Psychosomatic is a local thrash metal band started by bassist/vocalist Jeff Salgado back in 1987 whose members have thrived on playing live and, as a result, have grown their fan base organically through word-of-mouth and booking DIY tours.

These days—nearly 30 years in its career—the band is rounded out guitarist Toby Swope (who joined in 2001), lead guitarist Daniel Mills (2011), and newest member and drummer, Jared Klein, who joined earlier this year after the record was already tracked.

For the uninitiated, Psychosomatic, who play Friday, September 18 at the Blue Lamp, makes music that’s steeped in the tradition of ‘80s thrash without sounding dated or derivative. After releasing and selling out of their initial pressings of their full-length records The Unquenchable Thirst (2006) and Another Disease (2010), the band spent a considerable time on the road playing every nook and cranny of the United States.

After four successful tours across the country and a small handful of West Coast tours, the band has become a veritable headliner without ever having proper distribution or a significant record label to help finance and back tours. As luck would have it, they will start yet another five-week trek directly following their upcoming CD release show at Blue Lamp.

The band’s latest album is called Clicking Sound of a Hammer Pulled Back and the title couldn’t be more apropos given the ferocity of the songs. After recording with producer / engineer Joe Johnston at Pus Cavern Studios, they paired up with longtime resident Kenny Hoffman and his boutique metal, Buriedinhell Records, which has released countless local and regional bands with great success.

From the opening track “Chemical Burn” which sounds like an early Demolition Hammer, Vio-Lence, or Nuclear Assault outtake, the album is fully unrelenting. Other standout tracks include the mid-tempo “The Summoning,” which will more than likely, incite a few random acts of violence and, perhaps the strongest track on the album, ‘Hemorrhage,” which pays homage to early Slayer among others.

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We’ve always been a DIY band and done everything ourselves. Kenny (Hoffman) and I have known each other for years and us pairing up only seemed natural. It was inevitable we would eventually put out an album with him” said Jeff Salgado in a recent phone interview.

We discussed releasing a record on his label at different times since he promotes very well in our genre space. This time it happened and already the advance press is working in our favor.”

Even while Salgado knows members of pretty much every major thrash band, he is quick to point out that he rarely uses his connections.

We’ve worked for everything we have and don’t like asking bigger bands for shows. We often get approached to support headliners in the Bay Area,” he said. “We’ve played with tons of great bands like Possessed, Exodus, Hirax, Attitude Adjustment, and M.O.D. but all have been by invitation rather than groveling.”

And while most artists may find the task of booking a national tour rather daunting, Salgado said it’s actually not that hard.

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Bands these days are just lazy. Today you have everything at your fingertips and there are always venues looking for new acts. Unfortunately, this industry is very ego-driven and a lot of bands are afraid to show any humility and possibly play some empty rooms on a tour,” he said. “We did a five week tour in 2013 and it was the best tour we ever did. Although we had two shows canceled in Cleveland and it really messed with our routine of playing back-to-back shows, it all worked out.”

Catch Psychosomatic at 8 p.m. Friday, September 18 at the Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Boulevard. The Kennedy Veil, Jack Ketch, Solanum, XTOM HANX, and Abominous. Are also on the bill. $10.

By Eddie Jorgensen

New Psychosomatic Artwork Revealed

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New album cover set to release Sept 18th 2015

From the depths of Sacramento California the crossover thrash metal, punk rock band PSYCHOSOMATIC was twisted into form in 1988. Spewing forth chaotic blasts of jackhammer style guitar picking on top of super tight speed drumming, ripping fast bass guitar lines and ferocious vocals, spitting out lyrical topics ranging from anti-establishment social issues to horror and insanity. The Sacto thrashers barrage listeners with fast, tight, punk style energy songs into the technical darkness of metal. Psychosomatic has carved their trench in the underground thrash metal world with several US tours, leaving blistering eardrums in their wake.
Psychosomatic has four full length releases to date including 2006′s Unquenchable Thirst and 2010’s Another Disease. Along with two video cuts “Another Disease” and “Everybody Hates Me” featuring guest singer Nickie Sickie from Verbal Abuse. Psychosomatic has several tracks on various compilations such as, Thrasher Magazine’s Skate Rock vol. 9. Cheap Ass Music vol. 1 on Cheap Ass Records. Mechanized Death: A Tribute To The Accused on Transparent Records. Shred or be Shredded on Buried in Hell Records. And Econo-Comp on RecordsOnTap. Psychosomatic has played various fests including San Francisco’s Tidal Wave as support for Exodus, Hirax & Attitude Adjustment, and New Jersey Death Fest 4.

For their last album “Another Disease” Psychosomatic toured the U.S. four times in two years, two weeks San Diego to Seattle tour with Australia’s Vicious Circle, two weeks west coast tour with New Jersey’s Hammer Fight, also playing several shows between tours. Currently Psychosomatic has just finished recording their latest full length album.

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New music from Psychosomatic live in Oakland

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From the depths of Sacramento California the crossover thrash metal, punk rock band PSYCHOSOMATIC was twisted into form in 1988. Spewing forth chaotic blasts of jackhammer style guitar picking on top of super tight speed drumming, ripping fast bass guitar lines and ferocious vocals, spitting out lyrical topics ranging from anti-establishment social issues to horror and insanity.

 

The Sacto thrashers barrage listeners with fast, tight, punk style energy songs into the technical darkness of metal. Psychosomatic has carved their trench in the underground thrash metal world with several US tours, leaving blistering eardrums in their wake.
Psychosomatic has four full length releases to date including 2006′s Unquenchable Thirst and 2010’s Another Disease. Along with two video cuts “Another Disease” and “Everybody Hates Me” featuring guest singer Nickie Sickie from Verbal Abuse. Psychosomatic has several tracks on various compilations such as, Thrasher Magazine’s Skate Rock vol. 9. Cheap Ass Music vol. 1 on Cheap Ass Records. Mechanized Death: A Tribute To The Accused on Transparent Records. Shred or be Shredded on Buried in Hell Records. And Econo-Comp on RecordsOnTap. Psychosomatic has played various fests including San Francisco’s Tidal Wave as support for Exodus, Hirax & Attitude Adjustment, and New Jersey Death Fest 4.

For their last album “Another Disease” Psychosomatic toured the U.S. four times in two years, two weeks San Diego to Seattle tour with Australia’s Vicious Circle, two weeks west coast tour with New Jersey’s Hammer Fight, also playing several shows between tours. Currently Psychosomatic has just finished recording their latest full length album, stay posted here or visit them at www.officialpsychosomatic.com.

“Sacramento’s Psychosomatic are a unique beast of a band. They play brutal, tight, greased-lightning thrash that also has an underlined punk snottiness to it… One second they’ll lay down a surf beat, then the next, a blast beat. Seemingly, Psychosomatic is a skate punk band that saw one too many “No Skateboarding” signs and finally snapped…they started listening to Slayer on 45 RPM… then tried to play even faster.” – Aris Wales, The Portland Mercury