Featuring former members of All Teeth and Life Long Tragedy, Creative Adult take their music to a dark place on “Psychic Mess”, the band’s debut full-length. The drums sound as if they’re waging a war and plod on relentlessly while screeching guitars try to find a way out of the darkness through both the drums and the thumping bass lines. You can try to slam-dance to Creative Adult’s tunes if you will, but it would have to be in slow-motion.
These guys like to shove everything through a gloomy post-punk filter, which means that you won’t get any happier from listening to “Psychic Mess”. Think 80ies punk that is uncomplicated and raw but then add some layers of Joy Division and Sonic Youth… in a sloppy kinda way. I wouldn’t call “Psychic Mess” a bad album but it’s as if these guys settled on a sound and then cranked out a couple of tunes in one take and called it an album. With a little more focus, we might have a successor to Ceremony’s “Zoo” on our hands next time around.