What kind of a band goes on a European tour less than a week after first meeting one another? The Psychic Paramount, that's who. Also, they didn't just go on a regular tour, they travelled to France and Italy to shred some faces off with their pummeling three-pronged assault on the senses. Recorded in various places clear back in 2002, this is one of the first releases from the group and was issued on CDR several years ago before going out of print as the group made a name for themselves. Public Guilt Records is now re-releasing the six track, forty-six minute beast as a document of a group that seemingly came out of the womb fully-formed.
Sure, songs are a little rough and raw around the edges, but considering the details with the haste in which the group was formed and hit the road, the songs on the release are pretty stunning. Recorded live to cassette with a single stereo microphone, Live 2002 The Franco-Italian Tour has all and more of the level-crunching sound that their studio CD has, with needles pressed to the red for the majority of the release as it sounds like the poor microphone diaphragm is given the thrashing of its life.
Mostly, this is a release that's going to play to listeners who are already fans of the group, as there is little here that doesn't show up on their full length. Opening track "Lyon" is a rough approximation (although not as powerful) of the first track on their disc "Megatherion," while "Paris Pt Two" is what would become "Echoh Air." "Napoli/Perpignan Pt. Two" is an early version of "Napoli/Perpignan Pt. Two" and "Perpignan Pt. One" slams together two tracks from Gamelan Into The Mink Supernatural into one ungodly behemoth. There are a couple other tracks that aren't available anywhere, and the trio sprawls out a bit in places, opening things up with some freestyle antics before laying down the law again, but overall the release feels very focused considering. As a bonus, there's a short video compiling footage from the tour, so you're able to get some visuals on the power trio laying down the law as well. As mentioned above, this is mainly geared toward those looking to add to their Psychic Paramount catalogue, and it's a nice way to fill in the space until the group comes out with their next studio effort.