In the chorus of their new single “Unstoppable,” Psycho Village proclaim “I am unstoppable / I am invincible,” and with all of the passion in their delivery, we have no choice but to believe them. Psycho Village come into this latest release, and its music video, with a take-no-prisoners attitude that has become somewhat indicative of their sound as a group. After more than seven years together, this crew isn’t backing down from the challenge of keeping their sound fresh; in my view, they’re chugging along harder than ever in “Unstoppable” and looking quite confident doing so.
The vocal is the ribbonry on this treasure of a track, but the core substance of the music is rooted in the ferocious tonal assault of the instrumentation. Scarcely do we find any instances in which Psycho Village are coming at us half-speed in “Unstoppable” – from the lyrics to the grooves that cushion them throughout the entirety of the song, everything here is hot and heavy, persistently metallic and blatantly anti-establishment. This isn’t to say pop themes were left out of the construction of its hook – far from it – but more to acknowledge the overall aesthetic in play here.
“Unstoppable” as a music video is as raw and real as we could as for it to be without discarding a bit of cinematic energy, but it’s important to notice how little the piece devolves into the typically predictable realm of pop video virtuosity. Props that don’t extend the narrative are left out of the equation, instead leaving room for the soundtrack to serve as the primary excerpt of passion here. There are a lot of different ways that Psycho Village could have made this video, but I personally prefer this conservative route they inevitably chose to go with over the rest.
You can tell that this band has been together for a while now, but not because of any labored element within their sound – the exact opposite, truth be told. They play into each other’s hands here, exploiting the chemistry they’ve got to create as tight a style of play as they can without coming across to us as overly-rehearsed or lacking in original spirit. Their recent live album, Live from Europe, solidifies Psycho Village’s stage presence, and to some extent, so does the vitality that they afford this latest cut and the video made in support of its release.
A bit more experimental than I had initially anticipated – but still a whole lot of fun regardless – Psycho Village’s “Unstoppable” tests the conventions of rock and reminds longtime fans that their growth is nowhere near plateauing. The most loyal followers of this band will likely be the most intrigued by what they’ve got to say here, but I don’t think you need to be well-versed in their discography to appreciate the effort. “Unstoppable” has the potential to be everything its title claims for fans of pop/rock with a furious passion driving home its chorus, and that’s more than a lot of veteran-sourced output can achieve.
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