Pat Sajak Assassins' Approach Varies, But Its Core Remains the Same

Jun 11, 2014 at 3:04 am

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The current roster also includes local artist Syrhea Conaway, who might be best known for her work as one-woman band Syna So Pro. In PSA, she commands the set by manipulating her own voice in real time, lending a surreal aesthetic to keyboard-driven songs. In fact, the band has now eschewed guitars altogether, replacing them with Conaway and Eilers on dueling synthesizers, bringing heavy inspiration from retro gaming. Their funnel of keyboards feels like listening to an Atari on acid, and Conaway complements that sound by bringing out vocal bursts from the chest, electing to use sounds and tones rather than words to convey a human feeling -- a welcome addition to the band's robotic style.

"I've grown so accustomed to the way we sound now, I can't imagine a guitar in the mix," Covey says. "The video-game sound is purely an accident, but that's going to happen with nothing but keyboards."

Despite the constant shifts in personnel, PSA retains two key elements. Fleschute's punchy bass brings a punk edge, warbling under melody with menacing tone. Covey plays a hybrid drum kit, mixing standard shells with synthetic percussion. Thanks to this core, there's a sense of continuity throughout the albums, but their contributions might be underrated thanks to the strong choices of bandmates both past and present.

Grab the group's fifth (and latest) album, Motherboard, on Friday, June 13, at the Heavy Anchor. And stay tuned -- PSA is set to break its self-imposed tradition in the near future, with a second album featuring the current lineup on the horizon.


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