Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust – London screening

Cosmic Psycho’s ‘Blokes You Can Trust’ – London screening

For one night only, UK Premier of “Cosmic Psychos – Blokes You Can Trust” at the Rio Cinema, London – Sat 15th March 2014

For 30 years, the Cosmic Psychos have blazed a trail of empty beer cans and busted ear drums around the globe with their quintessential Australian drawl and pounding punk rock songs.

Cosmic Psychos hail from Melbourne (Aus) and initially formed in 1982 as Spring Plains. Founding members included Peter Jones (Gtr/Vocals) and Bill Walsh (Drums/Vocals. Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, described their music as “arty kind of punk noise, somewhere between The Birthday Party and a more narcotic sounding Ramones”. Late in 1984 Ross Knight joined (Bass/Lead vocals); the group were renamed as Cosmic Psychos. They issued their debut album, ‘Down on the Farm’, in December 1985.

McFarlane felt that with Knight the group used “equal parts Stooges riffs, Ramones tempos, lashings of wah wah guitar, American 1980s hardcore attitude and a healthy dose of yobbo humour…”They played no-frills, stripped-down punk rock”. Several albums have followed and were backed by national tours and international tours to Europe and North America including festivals with Mudhoney, Nirvana, L7, Helmet and Motörhead. In 1990 Jones was replaced by Robbie Watts on (Gtr/Vocals). By 2005 Walsh was replaced by Dean Muller (Drums) On 1 July 2006 Watts died of a heart attack, aged 47, and the band continued with John McKeering (ex-The Onyas) joining.

Fronted by Ross Knight, ‘Blokes You Can Trust’ tracks the band’s adventures along the rock and roll highway, from downtown Kyneton in rural Victoria, into some of New York’s finest S & M parlours and the Seattle grunge scene where they were highly influential. Nirvana were Psychos fans…they even played shows with Pearl Jam. But perhaps their biggest reputation was their ability to drink pubs dry, with word quickly spreading as a warning to other touring bands – “Never drink with the Psychos!”

With appearances (and party tricks) by Eddie Vedder, Mudhoney, The Melvins, Butch Vig, Hard-Ons, L7 (to name but a few), this doco is a full frontal assault on the senses. Loud, rugged and entertaining Blokes You can Trust shows all of the Psychos’ highs and lows; riches and rip offs; line up changes and loss.


As well as the colourful journey of a band, BLOKES YOU CAN TRUST reveals the personal story of founding member and frontman Ross Knight – musician, world champion weightlifter, the farmer with a bulldozer fetish and dedicated father. This is an extraordinary tale of Australia’s most unique cultural ambassadors, who sing about dead kangaroos, pubs and schnitzels. It’s a tribute to a country lad, a family man, still rocking and rolling, when most have retired to the couch.

“Here’s 3 ugly lookin’ blokes, tourin’ the world, playing at all these wonderful cities, dining at all these wonderful restaurants, meeting all these famous people. In the back of ya head I’m thinking to myself “I’m a fuckin’ farmer!’”

Cosmic Psycho’s ‘Blokes You Can Trust’
Saturday 15th March 2014
Rio Cinema
107 Kingsland High Street
E8 2PB
Tel 020 7241 9410
Advance Tickets are available now £7

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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