Psyche are a Canadian dark synthpop band, now based in Germany. They are centered on Darrin C. Huss, who has been the only constant member, with various line-ups including his brother Stephen Huss, later followed by David Kristian, Per-Anders Kurenbach, and Remi Szyszka, all recording albums with Darrin under the name Psyche.
Some examples of their best known songs to date are "Brain Collapses", "Unveiling the Secret", "Eternal", "Misery", "Tears", "Sanctuary", "Gods and Monsters", "15 Minutes", and a remake of the famous Q Lazzarus song "Goodbye Horses" made popular by the movie The Silence of the Lambs; as well as their cover version of Soft Cell's "Sex Dwarf".
To premiere the new recordings, Psyche had the honor of performing for nearly 2,000 psychotic-electro fans as the support of the world's first known synth duo, Suicide. A roaring success at Paris' Elysee Montmartre catapulted Psyche to grandiose levels, coupled with their biggest dance hit ever, "Unveiling the Secret". After the release of the second album, Unveiling the Secret, along with titles such as "Prisoner to Desire", "Black Panther", and "The Saint Became a Lush", Psyche achieved the European breakthrough that gave them the ability to go on a formal tour. They performed throughout France, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, and eventually Germany.
Psyche finished work on their third album "Mystery Hotel" to the European audience between 1987 and 1988. After the release of "Mystery Hotel", Psyche started gaining radio play. Later, they released two singles, "Uncivilized" and "Eternal", and later earned video play on several programs in Germany and France with the 16mm film clip to "Eternal".
While Darrin decided to live on in Germany, David left to Montreal. A visit home to Waterloo in 1991 reunited the Huss brothers and produced "Daydream Avenue". A cornucopia of styles from the lush pop of "Angel Lies Sleeping", and "If You Believe" to the experimental "Ghost" and "Skywalking". While Stephen stayed in Canada, Darrin returned to tour Europe with German keyboarder Johannes Haeusler in support of England's legendary poetic artist Anne Clark. The tour brought Psyche to an even larger audience where they presented fans with a mix of new songs and their well known dance hits.
After experimenting with various techno mixes on the Psyche single "Angel Lies Sleeping" (with renowned remixer Mousse T), Darrin then made a single under the project name "Our Heaven". The song "Heaven In Pain" was written with the hope of reaching the dance charts, and establishing Darrin as a solo singer in his own right. It was remixed by Elektric Music, a team founded by Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk. Despite all this concentration on the revived trend in electronic dance, a cross over into the pop charts could not be foreseen, and Darrin took a creative pause to find himself again together with his brother Stephen and future Psyche developments.
With 1994's "Intimacy" Psyche returned to release a masterful mix of short dramatic pieces under the productive eye of U.S. Mixer Joseph Watt (of Razormaid). The album included "Heaven in Pain" as a bonus for those who'd missed the single. With fascinating atmospheres and mature thought-provoking lyrics, Psyche received great notice for their continuing innovations. "Love is a Winter" a piano piece written by Mark Hessburg, a friend of Darrin's from Kassel became a concert favorite. "Peepshow" and "Blind" depicted the darker zones of love and sensuality, and "Freaks" set a new standard in sinister electronics. In this time period Psyche was on the edge of the next decade in their career surrounded by new groups, and a new generation of electro fans. Together with the German group De/vision, Darrin and various stage keyboarders took his Psyche to a new audience.
Feeling that there was no real powerful dance numbers on "Intimacy", Darrin decided to cover Soft Cell's legendary classic "Sex Dwarf". Showing Psyche's darker dance side, the "Private Desires" release became an exclusive retrospective of Psyche's early beginnings and included "Brain Collapses" live as well as the 'insider tip' "Secret Angel", as well as a previously unreleased "Until the Shadows" from Darrin's brother. The album presented the rare collaborations of Darrin and his brother, along with the collaborations of David Kristian and stage keyboarder Johannes Haeusler.
After the "Castle Party" concert in Poland meant to promote Psyche's releases there, Psyche made a small tour once again through Germany and appeared in various venues. This marked the end of a decade for Darrin, and after several collaborations with other artists for various label compilations, it was uncertain what might follow. Darrin was looking for a new keyboarder/composer to work with for the future of Psyche, since he would continue his career in Germany while former keyboarder Stephen remained in Canada.
After playing for the first time in Oslo, Norway and a return to Sweden, Psyche released a live video featuring highlights from their "Strange Romance" Tour. 1998 saw the beginning of a new record label partnership, and in June of that year Psyche released their eighth official album on the StrangeWays label out of Hamburg, Germany. The album "Love Among the Ruined" added a few more experimental touches to the pop side of Psyche's style, and solidified their following with the hits "Murder in Your Love", "Land of Broken Promises", and other new soon to be classics.
Later that same year, Psyche's history repeated itself when Gero Herrde from Synthetic Symphony/SPV requested that Psyche re-release their first two albums allowing for the chance to remaster the material , add historical early recordings, and update the design for the legendary "Insomnia Theatre" and "Unveiling The Secret" albums.
The winter of 1999 also brought a return to Göteborg, Sweden and Oslo, Norway for Psyche. Where newcomers Icon of Coil made their debut as support. Ending off the year was a PLUSWELT festival concert with the groups Mesh, Beborn Beton and Second Decay in Krefeld, Germany.
Despite their long time in the music business, Psyche proved once again with some newer selections "Assassin" and "Misguided Angels" that they remain unique and inspiring to both new and old generations of synth-pop fans.
The "new" Psyche made its debut on Accession Records with their "Sanctuary" CD Single released in April 2001. Psyche experienced a return to Paris where a performance was made at La Locomotive, 13 years after the original Psyche duo of Darrin and his brother Stephen stood on the same stage. Another highlight for the new Psyche was a concert in Olten, Switzerland. Psyche was only once in Switzerland as guests of Anne Clark in 1991, and this led to further surprises for Psyche as the year went on.
Psyche found themselves with a fantastic remix album featuring 4 smashing new tunes and some great versions of "Renegades", "The Hiding Place", and "Goodbye Horses". By the time "Endangered Species" was unleashed in April 2002, Psyche was already booked to be halfway around the world again with two more "first times": The Hague, Netherlands, and in the UK at INFEST. They also returned to Montreal, Canada, and Copenhagen, Denmark for the first concert in 10 years.
By the end of the year, Psyche had also returned to Norway where they met Spektralized and joined the Accession Records labelmates with Diary of Dreams and Lights of Euphoria for an eleven-date tour through Germany with a stop in the Netherlands. By the end of the year, "Babylon Deluxe" had spawned further favorites in "X-Rated", "Gods and Monsters", "Edge of 17" and "Final Destination" which all were performed to the delight of the audience at Top Act in Zapfendorf on New Year's Eve.
At the beginning of 2005, Psyche performed as special guest on Diary of Dreams European tour from February 4th through to March 5th, followed by Psyche performing their first ever Romo Night, and a return to Nuclear Nation in Sweden on the same weekend at the end of March.
Psyche made their second appearance at Germany's prestigious Wave Gothic Festival. This time at Haus Auensee, the line-up included Per-Anders Kurenbach, and Stefan Rabura on keyboards, and an all new setlist adding "Unveiling The Secret", "Tears" and "The Sundial" to the mix of tracks from "The 11th Hour". In June there was an exclusive summer performance at the Moon Festival in Fredrikstad, Norway followed by Psyche taking part of the new, high profile Amphi-Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Also the first time as headlining act at a Flag Promotions event in London, England. On August 26th, Psyche performed a special live set of songs from their 80's releases at Neon Welt in Zwischenfall, Bochum. After joining Ayria in Cardiff, UK at the Interzone Festival and again performing in Sweden, Psyche returned for the 20th Anniversary of their career as well as that of the club Zwischenfall in Bochum!
Before the end of the year, Psyche had been back to Poland, played as part of the Endless Danse Macabre Festivals in the Netherlands, and Belgium as well as played for the first time ever in Australia. Psyche continues to be one of the longest lasting and unique dark synthpop acts since their debut 20 years ago.
After nearing the 25 year mark of Psyche's existence, a DVD collection documenting Psyche's appearances in every incarnation from 1983-2005 was released. Containing 23 tracks in all, with at least 1 song from every album ever released.
"Imaginary Life" officially arrived on May 26th, 2006. It contains music videos and performances covering the very beginning from "The Crawler" on an Edmonton TV station in 1983 through to "Unveiling The Secret", "Misery","Sanctuary", "Goodbye Horses", and beyond. Plus an audio commentary track and bonus features such as Darrin and Stephen Huss being interviewed backstage in Sweden after their debut concert in Gothenburg in 1988.
Psyche began their European tour promoting their "Unveiling The Secret 2.0" CD - a collection of remixes/remakes of their famous 80's hit. Also on the release are 3 eclectic electronic tracks ranging from old style synthpop to trance, and electrorock. Collaborations with Russia's DJ Ram, and Germany's Bastards of Love appeared on tis release, as well as the artists own respective albums.
Psyche returned to Poland to perform for their dedicated fans in Lodz, as well as a return to Fredrikstad and Oslo, Norway. April & May were filled with dates in Germany, and the band continues to perform a selection of old and new as they travel to other European countries. From August until October Psyche performed in 5 different cities in Australia, followed by Auckland, New Zealand, their original home country of Canada, a one off concert at The Knitting Factory in New York, and finally two festivals in South Africa.
In February this year, Psyche released a limited Fan edition 7" single with exclusive vinyl mixes of "Disorder" and "Eternal (Live)". Returning with truly new material for the first time since the "Unveiling The Secret 2.0" EP and starting out 2008 with a collectors item.
To celebrate 25 years of their musical existence Psyche interpreted Joy Division's "Disorder" in a brand new style as an example of what to expect on their forthcoming album. As an added bonus, "Eternal" appears on the B-Side in the latest new acoustic oriented live performance freshly recorded on December 21st , 2007 at Zeche Bochum in Germany. Individually hand numbered & limited to 500 copies.
Psyche went on to play at the 25th Dark Dance Treffen in Lahr, Germany, followed by a mini tour of the UK, ending in London at Gotham 9. Other concerts included Vienna, Austria, Heerlen in The Netherlands with Absolute Body Control. Psyche supported Claudia Brücken and Paul Humphries Onetwo in Frankfurt and Hamburg, Germany, then headed off for Poland, and as far away as Mexico (for the first time ever), Croatia, and Tampere, Finland's Lumous Festival.
A Digital EP with two mixes of "Disorder" and a newly recorded version of "Goodbye Horses" is available exclusively at Grenzwellen. (See External Links)