Spawn of Psychosis
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Spawn of Psychosis started as a one man project when founding member, Chris Dredge, was only sixteen years old. At that point, the project was merely a way for Chris to create a portfolio of his guitar playing and song writing, with the hopes of joining a band himself. After several disappointments and an increasing frustration with the local Maidstone “music scene” the project became much more focused and Chris spent several years turning the project into something more than a one man band demo tape.
By 2009, with Chris now aged twenty five, Spawn of Psychosis had produced two home recorded CDs and was starting to look to a much more sustainable future. This led to the first professionally recorded release, the 2009 EP “Parasite”. “Parasite” was a 3 track CD which was recorded at Make Some Noise Studio by Chris and local producer Clive Austin, and was also released on Chris’s own recorded label, Dredge Records. The EP had some media covering within Artrocker magazine and on Rockpulse, an internet magazine, gaining reasonable reviews for a one man project, all be it with the same criticism of not having other band members. This led Chris to recruit Adam Topley on guitar and Pete Nunn on Bass, which in turn was the catalyst that allowed Spawn of Psychosis to start carving out its own identity as a live band. Shortly after which Martin Turner joined on backing vocals and live drum machine operation.
Spawn of Psychosis are a hard band to pin to one genre, and controversially the band uses a drum machine instead of a human drummer. This is down to practicality as well as a link to the bands origins, and is also one of the many things that give Spawn of Psychosis its own identity within the local area. With the live band complete and a stage image and show planned out, the band started playing local shows in early 2010, and had some initial success playing local events such as YOG, a youth project that showcased young bands, even though all the band members were too old to really play such an event.
The band took to the stage as escaped lab experiments, each with their own character, identity, and back story, all of which created by Chris. Chris aka SPAWN, Adam aka DRAGG, Pete aka FERAL, and Martin aka WEEVIL raised eye brows while giving the young audience of YOG a real show to remember. The band use props and theatrical intros within their show and the whole back story and narrative to the show later started to appear as short stories entitled “Project Psychosis” on the bands official website, and is currently being developed as a web based comic book for the bands website.
2010 ended up becoming a very turbulent year for the band. First they completed their debut studio album “Children of Pandora”, recorded at NSP studios Maidstone and produced by Graham Waller and released it through their jointly own record label, the newly renamed and fully incorporated Dredge Records LTD.“Children of Pandora” gained reviews within the Rock press, most notably within the magazine Powerplay where the album gained a respectably score for an independent release. The album was also stocked in HMV’s Maidstone store, where it sold well throughout its agreed stocking period.
Spawn of Psychosis were also facing strong criticism and personal attacks from other local bands, and by September 2010 Pete Nunn had left the band. However by late October 2010, Chris Howell had joined the band as the new bassist and synth composer/programmer , taking on the stage name RAZORR. His joining allowed the band to carrying on with a new enthusiasm, focus, and a greater understanding of the identity, that as a band, they were aiming for.
In 2011, Spawn of Psychosis had successfully organised their own event entitle “The Freakshow Pandemic” hosted at the Boston Music Rooms in Tufnell Park, London on April 2011, and are due to start recording their new album of the same name in April 2012. The band has also been hard at work promoting and networking within London based bands and promoters. Although the band have returned to a three piece consisting of SPAWN, DRAGG and RAZORR.
Spawn of Psychosis is a theatrical band who hopes to one day put on a show which represents the narratives and artwork which give the project its identity. The bands influences range from Punk, 80’s Heavy Metal, Industrial, Cyber Goth and Nu metal, with bands such as Metallica, Dope, Korn, KMFDM, The Murderdolls, Nine Inch Nails, and Rob Zombie having influenced the band members playing styles.
Spawn of Psychosis can be found at www.spawnofpsychosis.com where you can hear their tracks, read the “Project Psychosis” comic and get up to date information on the band. Spawn of Psychosis have played alongside X-sys, Future Frenetic, Inner Fire, Nothing Gained, Calatrilloz, Sarah Jezebel Deva, Inertia, Deviant UK, and Julien-K
SPAWN: Vocals and Drum Programming; DRAGG: Guitar; RAZORR: Bass Guitar and Synth Programming
Their album “Children of Pandora” can be downloaded from, Bandcamp, itunes, Amazon mp3, Napster and most leading download sites with the physical CD and all other merchandise available through their websites merchandise page.