Unpretentiously straightforward, exceptionally visceral, and crucially fun, Aussie pub rock trio Cosmic Psychos, a mud-stained missing link between punk and grunge, have been cult favorites of the import bin since the mid-Eighties.
“They were a band that was very influential on the Seattle grunge scene,” reflects producer Butch Vig in the new documentary, Blokes You Can Trust, which also features Eddie Vedder, Mark Arm, Buzz Osborne, and Donita Sparks testifying to the Psychos’ greatness on- and off-stage.
Charting the “fucked up circus” that’s been the Psychos’ 30-year career, the film stars the band’s brutish bassist and singer Ross Knight, a friendly, foul-mouthed, world champion powerlifter, Olympic-quality drinker, and career farmer who makes the Most Interesting Man in the World seem like a boring old bastard. On the cover of their 1990 Sub Pop debut, Go the Hack, the Psychos are pictured atop Knight’s bulldozer, providing a perfect metaphor for their sound and speaking volumes about their working-class lifestyles.
“The Cosmic Psychos sound really morphed out of machinery,” Knight said by phone from Australia. “Most of the songs I’ve ever written have been while I’m sitting on a tractor or on a bulldozer. It couldn’t be any more agricultural.”
Blokes You Can Trust does an honest job of portraying the Psychos’ magnitude: commercially insignificant, yet massively influential.
“We weren’t there to look cool, we weren’t there to change the world. We were just there to make people get pissed and have a good time,” affirms Knight. “If you went and saw us, you knew you’d leave the pub with a smile on your face. You can trust us for that.”– Kevin Curtin