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Neurotic Mirage – Psycho Carnival Record Review

April 14, 2019

Today, I’m excited to be telling you all about the newest release from Neurotic Mirage. Their second record entitled Psycho Carnival (recorded with Jeff Forrest at Doubletime Recording Studios) drops on May 5, 2019 and the band plans on a record release that night at Navajo Live at 8 pm. Neurotic Mirage is a local three-piece that has been active since 2015. Their sound can be classified as living somewhere in the realm of hardcore punk and metal; not quite metalcore, not quite all punk, but a “progressive punk” with varying undertones of metal.

In my thoughts while listening to this record, I can’t quite place another band in San Diego quite like them. Some of their stated influences include Tool, System of A Down, Nirvana, Mastodon, and The Deftones and you can hear many elements of artists like these in this record. In my review of the Rorschach record by Sweet Myths, I made some mention of their aperture of playing around with rhythms and time signatures. Neurotic Mirage also showcases this heavily, but in a fashion that carries a lot more weight to match their tougher style of music. Psycho Carnival ranges from songs with a more melancholy and/or upbeat pop punk vibe (“Follow” & “Feeling You Out”) or heavy 80’s thrash throwback beats and riffs (“She’s an Alien Hybrid” & “Runaway”), all the while mixing time signatures and tempos throughout. From themes of modern-day technology in the world, introspection, self-destruction, and human emotion, Psycho Carnival has something for a wide variety of alt-rock fans. Whether you lean more towards a harder/grungier and more meaty pop-punk, post-punk and metal, metalcore, or any various shade of rough and tumble alt-rock, you will find a lot to like in this record.

Neurotic Mirage’s tunes can be found on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. You can also give them a follow on Facebook, Twitter (@NeuroticMirage), and Instagram (@neurotic_mirage). Their record release party for Psycho Carnival is on May 5, 2019 at 8 pm is at Navajo Live along with Abner and Bitter Kiddos. If you’d like to pre-order the record, you can do so through PayPal on Neurotic Mirage’s website linked here. Thanks so much for checking them out, and remember to #SupportTheScene.

– Ari