Psychobilly Meeting 2015

Psychobilly Meeting 2015

The Psychobilly Meeting has been one of Europe’s biggest psychobilly festivals for over 20 years!

Psychobilly Meeting Banner

Last year I attended the 23rd annual Psychobilly Meeting in Pineda de Mar, Spain. Pineda de Mar is a beach town located right outside of Barcelona.

Psychobilly Meeting 2015

Last year I got the chance to see some amazing bands live such as Demented Are Go, Astro Zombies and Mad Sin.

Psychobilly Meeting - Demented Are Go

I had the chance to discover some bands too such as Stressor and Sick Sick Sinners. They also had a shopping area to pick up some merch.

Psychobilly Meeting Merch

Accommodations

I stayed at the Aqua de promenade / Aqua Hotel. This was a nice and clean hotel with a pool and gym if you desired. It is accross the street from the beach.

Psychobilly Meeting - View from my Hotel Room

Here was the view from my Hotel Room

I would have to say the best part of this hotel was the buffet. They have a breakfast buffet that is included with your room (Though you do have to wake up for it). Lunch and Dinner buffets can be added for 4 euros each a day. I opted to have the Dinner buffet added, so I literally ate for 4 euros a day the whole time I was there. My schedule during the festival was: wake up for breakfast around 9am, go back to sleep from 11-2pm. Go see the bands play on the beach from 2-5pm. Come back to the Hotel for dinner. Then get ready and go to the main festival shows at night.

The hotel was also a few minutes from the festival’s free shuttle service that would take you to concerts stops throughout the day.

Atmosphere

Coming from an experience of only going to music festivals in Toronto. I was shocked as to how well the organizers treated concert goers. Here (in Toronto), when we have a festival, it’s like “Welcome to our giant overpriced mud pit. Have fun getting here and leaving. We don’t care. Oh, there’s a pile of porta-potties in the corner if you have to go.”

The fact that they had a clean, comfortable, and safe shuttle bus service for the festival attendees was amazing. I found some of the best times of the Psychobilly Meeting was actually spent meeting people on/waiting for the bus.
Psychobilly Meeting - Meeting PeoplePsychobilly Meeting - Meeting People

This festival is really set up like a “Meeting” where there is a lot of chances to meet and sit and talk to people. Outside of the main concert hall there are picnic tables to sit and rest on. (that’s something I’ve never seen at a music festival here)

Psychobilly Meeting - outside sitting area

This is my travel buddy Jeanine and I 🙂

As well, NO porta-potties. Nice REAL toilets. Omg.

The Atmosphere of having bands on the beach during the day at Santi’s Beach Bar was great as well.

Psychobilly Meeting - Psychobilly music on the beach.

Psychobilly music on the beach. What a vacation!

This year…

This year I won’t be able to make it, but they have another great line up including psychobilly legends Batmobile, Members of Zombie Ghost Train, and Mad Sin. They even have a “Psycho Boat Party” this year!

Psychobilly Meeting 2016 Line-Up

Punkabilly Show – Gutter Demons and The House of Haunt

Gutter Demons Psychobilly Poster

Psychobilly show, Gutter Demons and The House of Haunt

It was a cold night for a Psychobilly show in Toronto. Saturday,  February 13th, was one of the coldest days that Toronto has seen in two years. As we sat around the venue waiting for doors to open, I joked with the Gutter Demons that they had brought the cold with them from Montreal.

 Here is where I should also add that I can not really do a show “review” on that night because as you may already know, I play upright bass in the opening band, The House of Haunt.  I guess I could write one on how awesome we are :P, but that wouldn’Â’t be cool. I also have no idea what it is like to watch our band from an audience perspective. (Also special thanks to our buddies The Filthy Radicals, for opening up the night.)

What I can tell you about though, is the Gutter Demons. The Gutter Demons originally formed in 2001. They released 3 albums and then took a 6 year hiatus reforming in 2014. Their latest album Unfinished Business was recorded by The Brains front-man René De La Muerte at Emery Studio and released on Falsetto Records.

The Gutter Demons are, in my opinion, one of the best psychobilly bands going today. The lead singer Töxik has a grit in his voice like no other.  Matched with the upright bass stylings of Flipper and latest addition to the band R-1 on drums, they are a match made in Punkabilly heaven. As a bass player I admire FlipperÂ’’s technique of adding runs when they are appropriate to the mix and dialing it back when it is needed.  There is something to be said about a band that can play as a cohesive unit, complimenting each other to produce the best overall sound possible. This is definitely what the Gutter Demons have achieved.  Watching them play live gives you the same crisp sound as listening to a CD/recording.

As well, not only are they continuing to produce some of the best tunes that the psychobilly genre has to offer, but they do not carry egos to go along with it. It is always refreshing to met nice, genuine, down to earth musicians in the scene.

Even though it was cold out, Torontonians made it out to the Bovine Sex Club in Toronto to show the Gutter Demons boys that we can support a Canadian psychobilly show. With sweat pouring, and hearts pounding, there was a mosh pit at the front of the stage from the time the Gutter Demons went on, until the time they ended. They played crowd favourites such as House By The Cemetery and Playground Horror Peepshow from their first albums, and some new tunes. Long-time and new fans alike were grateful that the Gutter Demons made the drive down from Montreal. If you are a live music or a psychobilly/punkabilly fan, The Gutter Demons should be on your must see list.

Here are some tracks off the Album their new album, Unfinished Business:

Here are some shots from the night from Pitcher Pourfect:

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