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Psychostick with Jake McReynolds

The name of the band Psychostick, is interesting to say the least and sounds as if there is a story behind it. Where did the name come from and what is the story?

Well, as I understand it, Rob had the idea while half asleep one night, got up and told Josh. Josh, being a person with good taste in bad ideas, of course said yes. Although I was not actually there, i am sure it was dumb.

Your lyrics are infused with heavy detail and raw emotion. What is it that normally gives you inspiration when writing lyrics and is there a concept behind the writing of Sandwich?

The inspiration comes from all that is stupid. If a joke or dumb idea makes us laugh we will try to write a song about it. Inspiration comes from every day things too, you have to be passionate about the small things like taking a shower, or an orange. As far as the Sandwich album goes, we are really really really really hungry.

You just released Sandwich, how has the reactions been thus far? What can fans expect when they pick up a copy?

The reactions have been just as we planned. Lets just say, the critics hate it and the fans love it. The more we tour the more people at the shows know the lyrics, and its only been out for almost three months or so. The average metal fan who has never heard us can expect a refreshing change of pace, with mild doses of ” I’m not sure if this sucks or not.”  Expect heavy laughter. Ha Ha get it?….never mind.

When it came to releasing Sandwich how did that whole package come together? What was the recording process like, how long did you have, was their any pressure on you?

Everything came together very smoothly considering the tour we did right in the middle of recording which pushed the deadline back a little, and these guys have put out two records before this, so they have it down to a science. Recording this album was very fun and quite painless. There were moments of frustration at points, but that’s Psychosticks fault for hiring a guy who picked up the guitar like a week ago. As far as pressure, I think Josh had a few sleepless night towards the end there trying to meet our deadline. But whatever.

Who did the artwork and title for the album, when you look on the final project, is there anything you wish you could have done differently?

Rob did the whole sandwich concept all by himself. He did the artwork from scratch, and we were all very happy with it. I wish I would have not told Rob how good I thought it was, because now he thinks he is cooler than he really is.

Many of your songs are so hard and intense that I am sure they translate well into a live setting taking on a whole new life in front of a live audience. How does it make you feel when the emotion and power that you envisioned in the recording studio, come to life while playing in front of a crowd?

When we are in front of a large group of people who are willing to except the dumb shit we do, and participate in it all, they start to become the show as well, and the energy is very positive and motivational. That mixed with brutal guitar tone, makes me pee.

Different groups have unique ways of writing their songs. How do you guys go about writing your music? Is it a collective effort or is it more the efforts of one particular member of the band?

Well, alot of the songs on Sandwich were written before me and Jimmy joined, but the ones that we helped write were just plain fun to do and everyone is very open to any ideas in this band.. As far as lyrics, we all help in that. Watching us sit around and toss around lyrical ideas would be hilarious.

What are the upcoming plans for Psychostick?

Well after the “Sandwich CD Release Party Tour”, we will take a small break, and then we plan on going on tour with Sevendust, Slipknot, The Dillinger Escape Plan, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE, Gwar, Otep, Austrian Death Machine, Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Creed, Nickleback, and every other band that is bigger than us. As soon as they call us back.

How has MYSPACE and the Internet impacted your band and do you think downloading helps or hinders the artists?

The Internet in general has done wonders for us. As far as downloading goes, exposure is exposure.

What is the toughest lesson you ever learned in the studio and on the stage?

In the studio: If you want it to be the best you can make it, you cant rush it. Yea you want to be done recording sometimes, but suck it up wuss.
On the stage: Try to avoid the spilled water.

What bands would you like to tour with and who has been your favorite to tour with this far? Any particular reason?

We will tour with Sevendust, Slipknot, The Dillinger Escape Plan, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE, Gwar, Otep, Austrian Death Machine, Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Creed, Nickleback, or anyone for that matter. So if you are reading this, and your dad or brother or something is in one of these bands, Start making some phone calls. Please. My favorites so far have been Look What I Did, Powerglove, Screaming Mechanical Brain, and 9mm Solution, because of the camaraderie and fast friendships.

Describe Psychostick in three words.

Heavy, Funny, Dumb.

If you had a chance to go back in time, where, what, and why?

Right now, I would go back to yesterday when I was eating Chipotle. Because im hungry.

How do you think the recession is affecting musicians like yourself? Is it at all?

I think we can definitely feel it, but we are musicians and we are always going thru a recession so we are used to it. We feel it more in the gas prices. Tell someone to fix that crap.

Every band has its musical influences. What are some of the other bands and artists that have greatly influenced you guys and your music?

We have a large range of influences in this band, but I would say mine are Alice In Chains, Pantera, Snot, Tool, and that list could keep going and going.

All of that passion that you play with must be tough on you physically. How do you prepare for the physical demands of a tour?

Prepare? That is a good Idea. Oh yea, one word: Sleep.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I would like to thank you for taking the time to ask these great questions, Love us.

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