After a month-long West Coast tour, Psychic Rites is returning home.The electronic, three-member band will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at Mikey’s Gyros after a life of pizza and beer on the road, where they traveled to places such as Santa Barbara, Portland and Reno.
But their travels were a mere dream less than two months ago, when the Moscow-based band created a KickStarter account to fund a tour.
“We’re taking a huge risk just putting this thing together, but it’s the last time we’ll be able to tour as a full band until 2014 and we think what we’re doing is worth it,” the PsyRi KickStarter page read. “So, we’re embracing that risk. We’ve only done short ‘weekend warrior’ trips up to this point. We’re ready to bite off more, but getting on the road is difficult.”
Traveling with large synths, no computers and a bunch of gear, a tour was going to be an expensive undertaking. Plus, drum machine and synth player Mike Siemens had moved to Portland — quite a distance from guitar and synth player Dave Miller and synth player Andy Schmidt.
“The main challenge we see with going on tour is really doing every show the right way,” the page read.
But after 16 days, 58 donors and a pledged goal of $1,500, the band raised $1,649 and even raised an additional $1,000 from an anonymous donor. The band was able to travel and planned a 12-city tour, starting in Boise and ending in Seattle this coming Sunday.
“I don’t party that much anymore. It’s hard to keep up with these guys,” Siemens said. “But we met a lot of cool people.”
And ate a lot of pizza.
“We had a couple of good pieces of pie in the beginning and it became a pre-show ritual,” Siemens said.
“We’d go get ourselves a pizza and a beer to get ready for the show. It’s like stretching before doing something. It was pretty scientific.”
With just Spokane, Moscow and Seattle performances left, the self-proclaimed non-doom disco band, with a sound Siemens compares to the “wrath of God,” will soon focus on an EP album.
“People should look forward to the end of the tour, because after the tour is over, we’re going to put together this EP we’ve been working on,” he said about the upcoming five-song “Wett” album.
PsyRi performs at 9 p.m. Friday at Spokane’s Carr’s Corner Lounge and Night Club, with Bandit Train and Brothers Ov Midnite. The band plays 9 p.m. the next day at Mikey’s Gyros in downtown Moscow with Matt Akers, Bandit Train and The Kitchen. Then, it’s off to Seattle where they complete the tour on Sunday.
Tickets for the Moscow show can be purchased at www.stereopathicpresents.com for $5, while tickets are $7 at the door.
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->if you go:
WHAT: Psychic Rites performs
WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Mikey’s Gyros, 527 S. Main St., Moscow
COST: $5 advanced through Stereopathic, $7 at the door