"Psapp make gold out of squeaky toys" - Rolling Stone
"Joyous " 8/10 - Uncut
"Rich with delectable and refreshing eccentricity" – Word
"Psapp effortlessly carve pop classicism" **** Mojo
"Weird and wonderful and massively inventive" - Q
Psapp are two friends, Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant. They like making pop songs with invented instruments and odd noises.
Odd noises aside, for Psapp, the song is the priority. It is KING. But with each listen, more and more layers reveal themselves – an organ turns out to be a layer of ambient recordings, underpinned with meticulously scored elastic bands. What seems to be a drum kit reveals itself as an assembly of bones, logs, clicks and bicycle parts. Is that a crushed fly on bar four? Almost certainly. It's possible to hear the songs in a different light depending on how close you listen, too – a blast on headphones exposes the perfectly arranged madness.
Carim’s musical youth was spent in German recording studios. A self-professed failure at the school recorder and a frustrated guitarist, Carim learned his chops recording bands like Einstürzende Neubauten and Die Toten Hosen and even worked at Can’s famous Inner Space studio, always dallying with music of his own on the side.
Galia grew up in a household running amok with records, art and books. After struggling to learn violin and piano (she preferred her 1988 vintage Casio SK-8 sampling keyboard, which the band still use), at 8, Galia graduated to a more-ideas-than-action ‘band,’ “GO,” formed with her brother.
Fourteen years ago Carim met Galia when she fell into his magical Kings Cross studio clutching a handful of lyrics and a bursting heart.
In 2004 Psapp unleashed their debut “Tiger My Friend”, where they were coined as the inventors of Toytronica. “The Only Thing I Ever Wanted”, “The Camel’s Back” and “What Makes Us Glow” followed.
It’s been a thrilling helter skelter of a ride which has taken the pair around the world - touring with their 6 piece band (with a menagerie of homemade cats, mechanical chickens and marimbas made from boiled bones), having their music used as a theme tune (Psapp’s song Cosy In The Rocket was used as the title music for TV show Gray’s Anatomy) and spilling out of televisions and radios around the world, exhibiting their art around Europe, posing topless in Paris, receiving ten BMI Awards*, putting David Shrigley’s art to music and continuing to acquire so many instruments that their collection has begun to spill out into two rooms.
Their live show promises to be a heady mix of wooden boxes, chaos, surreal humour and heartfelt pop.
* for the track Cosy in the Rocket that opens TV Show ‘Grays Anatomy’