The band released its debut CD, SwampBox, in 1995 and had by then began to make regular appearances at folk, jazz, and blues festivals throughout the eastern seaboard of Australia. Although Psycho Zydeco displayed a leaning towards the rhythm and blues style of Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat, and Rockin' Dopsie, the group has shown a desire to also perform the more folk and cajun styles complete with creole French lyrics and ringing giant triangle. Despite their fascination with these American styles, the band believe the Psycho Zydeco sound has an undeniably Australian quality that is their own. In 1996 Psycho Zydeco received an Invitation to perform at the Edinburgh Jazz&Blues Festival, an extremely exciting prospect. After a great deal of organization and hard work a small tour of the UK was organized and embarked upon.
A total of 17 shows were performed in 12 days in Edinburgh, London, and at the Brecon jazz Festival in Wales. The tour was proudly deemed by the band a financial and creative success. Energized and inspired from the tour the band began rehearsals to write their second album. It was the group's desire to spend more time on this new project than was possible when recording Swamp Box.
Recording began in late April 1997 and three studios and three months later the CD was complete. The intention of this project was to fully explore the possibilities of cajun and zydeco based styles. The resulting recording Sell Your Soul (To Zydeco) thus delves into cajun style folk ('Barragoot', Bogged in the Bayou', Boozoo's Yea Yea'), blues ('Sweet Little Angel, 'Evening Train') and high energy zydeco grooves ('Amazon Annie','Hot Tamale', 'Don't Dance'). The album was completed just In time for the band to debut on their 27 date tour of the UK and Europe which took place during August 1997.
This tour was enormously successful taking In the Edinburgh Fringe, jazz&Blues Festivals as well as a performance for the Internationally syndicated BBC Radio program "The Usual Suspects". Festival performances In Belgium, Wales and Lancashire England comprised the remainder of the tour. On returning to Australia the group then concentrated on the promotion of their new CD through media appearances and interstate touring. They were guests on Nine's 'Midday Show', as well as Triple J's 'World Music Show, while the Sell Your Soul Tour has taken in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.
At the end of 2000 Psycho Zydeco proudly announced the release of their third full length CD, titled Zydeco Factory. The band was finally able to emerge from their factory studio where they had written, rehearsed and recorded the long awaited successor to the groups previous two albums. Zydeco Factory explores a wide range of rhythms and grooves and is a potent brew of Australian style blues tinged zydeco. From cajun instrumentals to steaming country grunge and rollicking zydeco funk, this album is an eclectic, spicy gumbo of all original songs.
Psycho Zydeco’s earthy blend of traditional Cajun, blues, and swamp music produces a heady mix of their brand of Zydeco. Driving washboard, drums, guitar, saxophone, organ, piano and the odd triangle combine with some amazing accordion playing creating music that will make you move. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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