COSMIC PSYCHOS: BLOKES YOU CAN TRUST
For 30 years, the Cosmic Psychos have blazed a trail of empty beer cans and busted eardrums around the globe with their quintessential Australian drawl and pounding rock songs. Never quite finding the mainstream success of their grunge counterparts, the band managed to tour heavily in the USA and Europe thanks to a large and devoted fan base. The Cosmic Psychos were notorious for their ability to drink pubs dry, earning them a reputation that resonated around as a warning - "Never drink with the 'Psychos". But it wasn't all shits and giggles.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Australians do self deprecating better than most, even when they mean it. Ross Knight of the Cosmic Psychos shows how it's done within the first 10 seconds of this gritty, grunty, growl of a doco about farmers turned punk rock band. And if you don't know who they are, you can't be famous, 'cause all the famous people do. Like Eddie Vederor Buzz Osborne of Melvins, whose astute observation about them, given their boast of 'a million beers', is perfect praise: "The Cosmic Psychos were always kind of drunk."
And since their 1985 album, Down on the Farm, they been everywhere man - and still stayed on that symbolic farm.
Here, talking to music industry figures, they're called everything from influential (to the grunge scene) and freakin' exotic.
And no wonder: they sing about dead kangaroos and bulldozers and tractors. How much punker do you want.
But if you're about to click away from this review 'cause you're not into punk, just make a note that behind and beneath the punk rock are some blokes you can trust - to entertain you. It's the kind of Aussie earthiness that gives beer a good name. Plenty of colour (a kid called 'Rat Salad') and other humour, some drama, too. Like the divorce going down amidst making this doco.
Punk rockers are noted for looking punky but these blokes don't need to try; they look like enforcers for the builders labourers ... or farmers. Not like rockers. Obviously, they're unique. So is their music. So is this doco.
Email this article
COSMIC PSYCHOS: BLOKES YOU CAN TRUST (MA15+)
CAST: Documentary featuring Cosmic Psychos, Eddie Vedder, Mudhoney, Melvins and others
PRODUCER: Matt Weston
DIRECTOR: Matt Weston
CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Withers, Caroline McCredie, Agostino Soldati
EDITOR: Matt Weston, Agostino Soldati
OTHER: Lluis Fuzzhound - Animation
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Umbrella
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 8, 2013