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  • Writer's pictureJodie Brough

Stoke on Trents Psyence release new single 'Nobody Understands'

Alternative rock quintet Psyence release their new single ‘Nobody Understands’ on 9th September ahead of their second album release, Lessons In Forgetting Everything (L.I.F.E) on 30th September 2022.

Written during the 2021 lockdown, ‘Nobody Understands’ is a thumping statement about mental health, containing the lyric:

“My mind is a weapon and it’s built to self-destruct. I am my own worst enemy….”

…reflecting the band’s personal struggles through a challenging period in everyone’s lives in 2020 and 2021.

Says Psyence:

“Nobody Understands is about mental health and having a daily battle with yourself, nobody will really ever understand what’s going on inside your head apart from you. You've gone full circle so it's time to break the cycle.”

Jay adds:

“This song is about a weekend out on the razz that makes you question yourself, there's a conscience in there somewhere.”

The new ten-track album traverses alternative rock, rock n roll and electronica, with huge guitar riffs, soaring melodies and twisted stories about dysfunctional relationships and love. The album includes recent singles ‘Domino’, ‘So High’ and ‘Sugar Sweet.’

The first single from the second album, ‘Domino’, was released in February 2022, ahead of Psyence’s first headline show in two years, at the sold out Stoke venue The Underground. The official video for ‘Domino’ was shot on the rooftop of the YMCA in Stoke, with panoramic views across the city referencing its strong industrial past.

Second single ‘So High’ was released on 20th May to coincide with the album announcement. Third single ‘Sugar Sweet’ presents a different side to the band’s output, was released on 15th July and reflects on the band’s musical influences.

Says Psyence about the new album:

“Our sophomore album is finally here, we’ve spent a lot of time cooped up in the lab over the past two years working on this. Titled, “Lessons In Forgetting Everything” or “L.I.F.E”, depending on which way you want to look at it, it’s a tale of maturity, mental anguish and an ever growing need to break the mould and get away. Life is not an exact Psyence, but we think our second album comes close to representing who we are and what has happened in our lives in the last couple of years"

Psyence are Steve Pye (guitar and lead vocals), Jay Bellingham (bass), Joe Walsh (drums), Ben Nixon (Keys) and Jamie Cartlidge (guitar and vocals).

Upcoming dates:

7 Oct – Sugarmill, Stoke

13 Nov - Shiine Weekender, Minehead


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