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Exploring ‘Wyrd Psearch’: The Pheromoans’ Thirteenth Album Unravels Nostalgia and Innovation

  • May 7, 2024
  • 2 min read
Exploring ‘Wyrd Psearch’: The Pheromoans’ Thirteenth Album Unravels Nostalgia and Innovation

The Pheromoans, Wyrd psearch, indie rock, alternative rock

The Pheromoans have inhabited a turbulent realm for the past 18 years. During this time, they have transformed from garage rock novices to masters of their distinct sound, characterized by a blend of casual electronics, defiant rock, and everyday ponderings. Their music is ever-changing and unpredictable, often revealing as much as it conceals. Russell Walker’s subdued vocals remain the consistent core of the band, marked by dry wit, candidness, and raw honesty. His lyrics are a masterclass in observation—sometimes humorous, sometimes unexpectedly poignant. With prior releases on labels like Upset The Rhythm, Convulsive, and Alter, The Pheromoans are set to release their thirteenth album, Wyrd Psearch, on March 1st, 2024, through Upset The Rhythm.

‘Wyrd Psearch’ was recorded in Lewes throughout 2023 by founding member James Tranmer, whose acute sense for the band’s sound directed many of the artistic choices. New guitarist Henry Holmes joined the quintet, enhancing their focus on light, melodic styles. Scott Reeve’s drumming remains swift, while Daniel Bolger delves into the edges of AOR on keyboards and bass. “Wyrd Psearch finds us in a notably spirited mood,” states Walker, mentioning moments from playfully recalling a notable public discussion to enjoying the introspective joys of a music-filled lunch break. The Pheromoans maintain a sense of familiarity, though it’s always creatively disassembled and reconfigured, resembling a nostalgic sitcom that’s wandered astray in your mind. This forms part of their uniquely British, outsider viewpoint that resonates loudly, yet from the fringes.

Lyrically, ‘Wyrd Psearch’ addresses themes like mid-life crises, male pattern baldness, and unfulfilled artistic and personal aspirations, Walker notes. He emphasizes that no topic is too sacred for examination, including rural arts communities. The lead single ‘Downtown’ features ringing guitars and captures Walker in a moment of crisis, convincing a loved one to venture downtown for essential medications and a trip back to better days. “I want to keep you in cotton wool until pay day,” he confides. Other tracks like ‘Cropped to Death’ and ‘Father Austin’ offer a more contemplative tone, while ‘Twibbon Wife’ is lively, with sharp synth stabs, looping basslines, and vigorous drum fills. ‘Faith in the Future’ also carries a hopeful energy.


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