It is a monumental moment for a lot of bands when, or if, they reach the 20 year mark. The Cosmic Psychos have now been together for well over 30 years, and show absolutely no signs of slowing down. Within the past year the band – comprised of Ross Knight on bass and vocals, John ‘Mad Macka’ McKeering on guitar and Dean Muller on Drums – have released their ninth studio album Cum The Raw Prawn, as well as touring extensively. Most notably, their large tour of Europe.
“We went everywhere starting from the top end of Norway. We played a festival there, which was amazing. On a huge stage, overlooking an Arctic lake with black volcanic snow capped mountains in the background, and all these crazy Norwegians. It’s a crazy place. The sun didn’t set the whole time we were there. We went out after the gig and dragged ourselves home at three in the morning and the sun was still there as if it was midday,” Muller says.
He laughs before continuing, “They also eat strange things. I don’t eat meat, I particularly don’t eat whale meat, but all the boys ate whale meat while we were there. They had a whale meat BBQ backstage, I couldn’t believe it.”
The band are credited to be a major influence on Seattle’s grunge movement. and are now all into their 50s with their own families, but that doesn’t stop them from being as hard and edgy as ever.
“You never stop being angry about something. There’s always something to get pissed off about. Rock and Roll is a great way to vent your anger, and why not? Some people have sport; some people are violent (which is very negative). Or you can play a bit of rock and roll, yell a bit, swear a bit and get it off your chest. It’s a great way to do it, I recommend it to anyone,” Muller reflects.
The Psychos will be hitting the road playing shows around Australia, including one with long time friend L7, as well as finishing up at Kennedy’s Creek Music Festival as the headline.
“We have never played there [Kennedy’s Creek] before; I can’t say I have ever been there. I have heard that it is quite an intimate festival. From what I have read, it sounds like it’s going to be a cracker so I am really looking forward to it and apparently it’s in a pretty beautiful spot. The Australian bush mate, I tell you what. But to be honest, I haven’t attended a festival in years. I am sort of pushing 50 now. The idea of getting sunburnt and drunk doesn’t appeal to me any more, I’d rather just get drunk and not sunburnt.”
Written by Alex Callan
When & Where: Kennedy’s Creek Music Festival – October 21-23