Reviews & Press
Here are some kind words which people have said about us and our music. They dont owe us money or anything . . .
Phi "Powers of Three"
"The faux-vinyl scratchings that bookend each side of Psi Phi's third album Powers Of Three is very misleading. While there is a certain amount of influence from the Old Masters here it isn't exactly central. By fusing most overtly an essence of Test For Echo era Rush with a somewhat unique blend of Alternative Rock and Funk the Sheffield three piece have created some kind of unpronounceable hybrid genre.
For a power trio Psi Phi have really excelled in order to create this series of brilliantly crafted complex Rock tracks. While there are no lapses in the quality of musicianship on display Andy Scott's creatively inserted virtuoso basslines are particularly deserving of praise, by inserting slaps and pops in the most unexpected of places tracks such as Hard Rock anthem All Fall Down or the sharp, spacious contrast of Masterplan really showcase the benefits. Elemental is perhaps the most interesting of the songs on the first half, avante-garde and think-outside-the-box without losing the accesssability that can only be acheived through a strong sing-a-long chorus.
Crow Flies East is darker and more confined than any of its counterparts, dominated by Pod's moody vocals and haunting arpeggio riffing. While hardly the pinnacle of the album, by conjuring up memories of Seattle Grungers Pearl Jam its yet another spanner in the works for a music shop employee attempting to place Powers Of Three under the appropriate genre.
The second half of the CD is dominated by the 20 minute Argument suite, however all connotations of a pretentious, overblown Progressive Rock epic should be quickly dismissed. There are no ridiculous out of place Hammond solos or ambient noise sections that just drag on and on and on... (Yes that's right Pink Floyd, I'm talking about Echoes!). Instead the suite is very much a continuation of the style established on the first side of the album except this time they've glued it all together and built in a hazy storyline. Of course even when you try your very best to convince the Anti-Prog Brigade that this is literally a topographic ocean away from the movement's '70s heyday chances are they won't believe you. So Psi Phi came up with the rather smart idea of seperating Argument into seperate tracks. Art Rock fan? A 20 minute journey through Alterno-Prog Paradise. Commercial Rock enthusiast? 8 wonderful shorter songs that work just as well sliced up.
Powers Of Three stands for a sneaky laugh behind the backs of anyone who thought Arctic Monkeys were at the forefront of cutting edge creativity in the Sheffield music scene. Proudly ambitious Geek Rock that's actually enjoyable to listen to, for the third time in a row Psi Phi have delivered the passion, the poison, the fury and the fun.
A firm 9/10 effort."
Jordan Smith, OnLine Review, May 2008
PHi release their third excellent album.
"Psi Phi have now completed the re-mastering and release of their long awaited third album entitled Powers Of Three. It is of course excellent and very recognisable as a product from the band for those who know their previous material in terms of production, material and sound.
Pod maintains his masterful control over guitar riffs, chords and colours, Andy delivers both funk and rock in equal measures on bass whilst Rob maintains his tight, effective and non-predictable drum lines to drive everything forward cleanly and rhythmically; all without muddying the crunch of the overall product.
This album is presented as a pseudo 2 sided style record, with Side One composed of individual tracks whist Side Two goes down the suited Prog Rock type delivery.
The delay in the release of the album was due to the necessary priority changes within the band encompassing other personal projects but throughout it all Psi Phi have continued to maintain a gigging presence as a band. They entered into mutual gig arrangements with a number of bands to exploit additional gigs, including one Oliver Wakeman for a few of the gigs. The band are now out and about actively promoting their recent product.
Their previous album Circles obtained a fair amount of independent radio play. Please check out our Artists page for more info about this excellent album and outfit and their output to date. There are also some tasters of their tracks on our Media page.
Dont forget to check out their web site at www.psiphi.co.uk for samples of their music (well worth a listen 'cos you will end up buying the album), their forthcoming gigs, join their mailing list, or, if you've nothing better to do, invent and submit captions for their many and varied photos."
Pete Bangert, Rising Records, June 2008
at 'The Devonshire Jam'
"Psi Phi - out and out rock band this one. The bass player must get the prize for the most obvious T-shirt, with the message Im in a band emblazoned across his chest. As with Colourpool the space allowed by the three piece set up gave clarity to the sound allowing the vocals to cut through. You can guess the background and influences of these guys though with song titles such as Ragnar Rock & Roll and She Rocks (not about a photocopier then?) and the lyrics that go with them, definitely old school rock. The whole feeling of Psi Phi was a notch or two above everything that had gone before, atmospheric in the quiet bits, heavy in the loud bits, plenty of riffing guitar, powerful chords, doubled guitar and bass runs, all carried off in a tighter than a very tight thing manner with some screaming soloing. Proper rock band."
Richard N & Jack Tractor, Sandman Magazine, July 2004
at Rotherham Rocks
Next onto the Rotherham stage, Sheffield trio Psi Phi entertained us all with a heavier sound. Now, Psi Phi have a reputation for being one of the worst dressed rock bands around, but for tonight the James Bond type suits complete with bow-ties took everyone by surprise. The non-keyboard straightforward rock in your face approach worked very well, and the impressive bass playing from Andy Scott along with the tight drumming from Rob Glynn made them an enjoyable act visually and musically. Opening with A Million Flies, they had the crowd with their full attention, and with other songs such as Crazy, Science Fiction and set closer She Rocks, the sound was like an early type Rush mixed with The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. With two albums to their credit, there is a nice touch to their sound, and it was an impressive set they performed.
Danny Mayo , Hairless Heart Herald, May 2004
Psi Phi "Circles"
You might not know too much about South Yorkshire based Psi Phi except that they have played for the CRS a few times. Well this is nothing short of a superb album for all those who love guitar driven rock in the area of say, Wishbone Ash, for a straightforward comparison. Having said that guitarist, Pod, reminds me a lot of former Climax Blues Band guitarist Pete Haycock, a guitarist who could rock and be as gentle as you like too. The guitar breaks are truly sumptuous - even when Pod performs an acoustic solo, 'Chimes For Jamie'. The lead vocals work a treat and are shared by Pod and bass man Andy Scott; their harmonies aren't bad either. The trio is completed by drummer Rob Glynn. As a unit Psi Phi eclipse much of the mainstream rock music I hear today, let alone some of those at the underground level. In Pod, Psi Phi have a guitarist who is as good as you will hear and I am more than pleased to blow the trumpet for them - not that they need any more instrumentation than they've got. Here are ten great songs from a band that deserve much more exposure.
Martin Hudson - Classic Rock Society Magazine - March 2004
Psi Phi "Welcome To Earth"
With a new album, 'Circles', on the way and sounding very good and another CRS appearance on 12th April it is a good time to reflect on this 2001 release by the Sheffield three piece. They are in fact a band that have been high up the Best New Band list for the past two years and it must be time for them to move on.
In Pod they have a superb guitarist/vocalist and the rhythm section of Andy Scott on bass/vocals and Rob Glynn on drums are as good as you will hear. It's obviously all very guitar driven and for those who have shied away from the Deadline organised 'Primed' evenings now is the time to correct matters and take in some new bands.
This is what might be termed clean and straight rock played by three musicians at the top of their trade if not the top of the billboards. There are some fine vocal harmonies, not a lot of light years away from that of say Wishbone Ash, while some of the guitar work has a similar fix but you might hear a leaning towards the Allman Brothers (Waiting For The Words) now and then. A great album that you might have missed - in fact you probably did miss.
at Herringthorpe Leisure Centre, Rotherham
Next were PSi PHi (pronounced Sci-Fi), who were a wonderful surprise! Only three musicians but Andy Scott, bass/vocals, 'Pod', lead guitar/vocals and Rob Glynn drums, delivered many rich imaginative, powerful songs with quality vocals. Loud and proud from first song RagnaroknRoll, through the Sabbath-style guitar of Change to the superb Science Fiction, where Andy used his voice instrumentally on backing vocals. My favourite was a song inspired by the 1999 eclipse called Dark Day, which had magnificent Rush-style guitar circa Test For Echo, a real treat! Lowering the pace and volume PSi PHi gave us a beautiful instrumental, amusingly called Waiting For The Words, with intricate interplay between bass and lead, plus classy soaring-guitar breaks. Next we had some commercial edged songs like Where Did The Good Times Go and Another Love Song, (an obvious single), . . . A catchy I Don't Want No-One Else ended the set to enthusiastic applause.
Reproduced by kind permission of Classic Rock
[ PsiPhi ] are responsible for perpetrating an extremely intelligent, varied and talented form of rock and give genuine entertainment on all levels - that of course includes their attempts at [ enraging ] the fashion police.They are a 3 piece band that fills sound like a 5 piece, due to intelligent and varied arrangements of well crafted songs. Those people fortunate enough to catch them [ in concert ] will know what I mean.
Their debut album, 'Welcome to Earth' a 10 track CD released in 2001, was produced by PSi PHi on 8 track. Again the sound is much larger than one would expect from such humble facilities. Skillfully done lads! The content is inventive and satisfying (not in a hamburger way of course) and constitutes a great opener for the band.
More recently PSi PHi have taken time off from giging to concentrate on the finalisation and impending release of their second album. We understand this has been produced on much superior equipment and we eagerly await a copy.
Pete Bangert, Label Manager, Rising Records
name, terrible clothes, this lot looked like they'd borrowed all
of Shaggy out of Scooby Doo's wardrobe.
Psi Phi are purveyors of classic rock with catchy tunes, some singalong and a bit poppy (though I'm sure they'll hate me for saying that). This doesn't prevent them from becoming positively powerchordtastic at times - rather marvellously so.
Their songs covered everything from Norse mythology to bedroom music. Highlight was Crazy, a hands in the air, finger pointy, poodle hair song; lowlight was a sub-Embrace number, possibly called 'Keep on loving you'.
These guys played with a lot of joy. Not cool, certainly not fashionable, but very good fun.
by BBC South Yorkshire's Linnie Rawlinson
(And the funny thing is, we're told she was actually there!)