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Song You Need to Know: Pseudo Mind Hive, ‘You Can Run’

Slick riffs, a bluesy swing, and Dostoevsky-inspired lyrics combine to showcase Melbourne’s Pseudo Mind Hive at their best on “You Can Run”.

Melbourne psych-rock quartet Pseudo Mind Hive have run into 2022 firing on all cylinders, sharing their blistering new single, “You Can Run”, today.

Having been on the scene for a few years now, it feels as though barely a few months have gone by without a new release from the acclaimed group. Sharing their latest EP, Volume III, in early 2021, it was clear that Pseudo Mind Hive had reached some dizzying new heights with the record.

“As they expertly master the balance between chaos and calm (as most notably evident on the seven-and-a-half opus that is “Hinterland”), Pseudo Mind Hive assert themselves as a band determined to blaze their own trail, with their unique interplay of composition and performance turning Volume III into the sort of record that should be given to every young rock musician as required listening,” wrote Rolling Stone Australia in a four-and-a-half star review of the EP.

Now, one year later and the group have returned, albeit with a slightly modified lineup, but with no less hunger and creative complexity in their arsenal. No more is this evident than on their new single, “You Can Run”.

Feeling reminiscent of the riff-rock icons such as Queens of The Stone Age and The Black Keys, yet still maintaining the psychedelic edge of legends such as King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, “You Can Run” is a three-minute example of why Pseudo Mind Hive deserve to be considered one of the bands on the cutting edge of the Aussie psych scene.

Featuring production from Michael Badger (Painters And Dockers, Goldminds, King Gizz), “You Can Run” mixes these blistering elements and combines them with a bluesy swing, Dostoevsky-inspired lyrics, and catchy melodies to create one of Pseudo Mind Hive’s finest works to date.

“This track kind of fell out of the sky one day when I was noodling around on an acoustic,” explains guitarist and vocalist Chris Hockey. “The melody came first, which is really unusual for us.

“I think the most exciting thing about it is how dancey it turned out. We’ve always wanted to exist in a space where we can make the room mosh one minute and be dancing the next, and I think we’ve achieved that with this one. It’s going to such a fun one to take on the road, we can’t wait!”

While “You Can Run” serves as the first taste of the group’s “incredible and diverse new album” (due for release later in 2022), Pseudo Mind Hive are set to give the track the sort of live debut it deserves when they take to the stage at Melbourne’s Shotkickers on February 18th for a single release party, with details available below.

Pseudo Mind Hive’s “You Can Run” is out now.

Pseudo Mind Hive – “You Can Run” Launch party

Friday, February 18th
Shotkickers, Melbourne, VIC
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