The folk rock songwriter WAX MEKANIX is proud to announce that his new album, entitled “Psychotomimetic”, will be released on September 8th via Electric Talon Records! The Philadelphia-based artist resurfaces in 2023 with a blisteringly heavy, trippy, kaleidoscopic, disconcerting set of songs that defy genre, and comment on the times he creates in. You can’t miss this album if you like artists/bands like Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Neil Young, Cheap Trick, Bob Dylan, and The Beach Boys!
With a mission statement to continue his conversation with his audience, Wax has constructed sonic and thematic connective tissue joining “Psychotomimetic” to 2020's Grammy balloted classic rock-infused “Mobocracy”, and then to the thunderous, tribal, groovy, organic howl of 2021's “Blunt”. The "Psychotomimetic" songs seem to span time and suspend it. Simultaneously, the tracks reference the familiar past, speak to the tumultuous present, and contemplate the unknown future.
"I once got some advice, 'just be yourself'. That was good advice until I thought, 'which one?"
- Wax Mekanix, 2023
The first single is the album’s opening track, called “Pillars of Creation”. As if a famous pop quartet placed a laced sugar cube on his frontal cortex, Wax has audaciously twisted, stretched, and turned inside out this retooled version of a familiar delicate melodic nugget. The artist passes us through a phantasmagorical wormhole constructed of snarling guitars, slamming drums, and howling vocals in a 21st century tale of an interstellar voyager lamenting escaping a withering home in search of a more bountiful world.
Watch the lyric video of “Pillars of Creation”:
“Psychotomimetic” is available for pre-order on Bandcamp: https://talonrecordsusa.bandcamp.com/album/wax-mekanix-psychotomimetic
1. Pillars of Creation
2. Once Upon A Lie
3. Shrew’s Fiddle
4. Two Left Feet
5. Jeremy Hillary
6. Key To The End of The World
7. Look at You Now
Produced by Wax Mekanix, Maxim “Lectriq” Laskavy, Machine, and Dirty Harry Zelnick. Mixed by Machine, Lectriq, and Wax Mekanix. Engineered by Lectriq (Tracks 1-7), Machine (Track 2), Alberto De Icaza (Tracks 1, 3, 5), Michael Cumming (Tracks 1, 3, 5), Benjamin Thomas (Track 2), Barney Cortez (Track 4), Don ‘Groove’ Hinton (Track 6). Art by Diogo Soares, Gargantula Creations. Photo by Ken Wolfe. Logo by Stephen Burdick.
Wax Mekanix: Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Drums, Percussion, Harmonica (Tracks 1-7)
Lectriq: Backing vocals, percussion (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Tom Altman: Guitars, Bass (Tracks 1, 3, 5)
Aaron Sebastian Perez: Drums (Track 2)
Kyle James Smith: Bass (Track 2)
Brandon Yeagley: Backing Vocals (Tracks 2, 3, 5)
Chris Bishop: Electric Guitars (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5)
Kenny Rosario-Pugh: Electric Guitars (Track 2)
Wendell PoPs Sewell: Guitar (Track 2)
Barney Cortez: Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals (Track 4)
Dirty Harry Zelnick: Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals (Track 4)
Raje Shwari: Backing Vocals (Track 6)
M11SON: Backing Vocals (Tracks 1, 3, 5)
Marissa Wolner: Backing Vocals (Tracks 1, 3, 5)
Rachel Hoffman: Percussion (Track 3)
Dennard Watson: Piano (Track 7)
1. Lectriq Factory, Philadelphia, PA (Tracks 1-7)
2. The Machine Shop, Austin, TX (Track 2)
3. Church Studios, Philadelphia, PA (Track 4)
4. Treaclemine Recording, Philadelphia, PA (Tracks 1, 3, 5)
5. Groove Studios, Philadelphia, PA (Track 6)
6. Alberto De Icaza Studio, Austin, TX (Tracks 1, 3, 5)
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