Psychic LemonThe Unheimlich Kingdom

12" Vinyl LP


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2024 on DRR is kicking off in style with the welcome return of Psychic Lemon and their 4th studio album, ‘The Unheimlich Kingdom’. It’s been over four years since the band’s last studio album, ‘Freak Mammal’ (released at the tail end of 2019 on DRR), and this is their first record since downsizing to a two-piece following the departure of bass player Andy Hibberd. It is the band’s darkest yet, full of unrelenting repetition and piled high with dense slabs of sound, a total contrast to the sounds of their self-titled debut vinyl release on Drone Rock Records way back in 2016.

In the words of the band themselves:-

“Dark days as subjects of the Unheimlich Kingdom. Disorder and decay our daily fare. Long shadows cast their cold grip over the land, darkened even more by the terror of flaming brutalisms that rise high in the sky. A cruel austere hand choked the life-breath of public services and plunges a knife into the heart of kindness. Estranged from the familiar, we shouldn’t be here. We are unwelcome. We have been downgraded and degraded. Our banks filled with other people’s food and our minds polluted with poison. Our expectations have been downsized. Zombie economics and vampire capitalism – metaphors morph into representation. Haunted by a mythic past and paralysed by an unthinkable future, as we stare out of the window, horror fictions transform into reality. Let the bodies pile high and the land sink into the sea.”

It is a grim, powerful record and perfectly encapsulates these dark and, quite frankly, depressing times. It is the sound of a band rallying against the status quo and simply stating “enough is enough”; a true reflection of a dystopian future that has already descended on us.

“‘…in my opinion, Psychic Lemon’s best yet. It showcases a band at the height of their powers who are not afraid to mix things up a bit but still retain their raison d’etre. It is a magnificent beast; muscular and powerful, borne of righteous rage. It is the sound of a band finding catharsis through music, a way of communicating their disquiet about modern life in the UK but without resorting to shouting into an echo chamber. That alone is something to be applauded. Bravo lads, bravo.”

Sun & Violence

“When they are at ease Psychic Lemon sound like a maelstrom of fury. Here they are not at ease and the damage this record will cause is immense. Embrace the agony.”


“Do love a bit of drone-rock on this show.”

Deb Grant reacting to the track ‘Cognitive Dissidents’ on the New Music Fix Show on 6Music

‘The Unheimlich Kingdom’ will be available in two variants:-

DRR Special edition:

250 copies pressed on sky-blue/green colour-in-colour vinyl with brown splatters. Available exclusively via the DRR web shop and on the band’s merch table. All orders made through the DRR website come with an instant digital download of the album.

Regular edition:

250 copies pressed on dark grey eco-vinyl. Most of these will be available from the band’s bandcamp page and merch table at gigs. This version will also being sent out to select shops and distro.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-order and the album is not due for actual release until the end of February. All pre-orders will be packed and sent out ahead of the official realease date.

Additional information

Weight 0.4 kg

Test Pressing, DRR Special Edition

  1. Trepanning for Gold Psychic Lemon 7:21

Psychic Lemon

Psychic Lemon make dark psych for Austerity Britain. They are the essence of a DIY band in 2024: recording, engineering, producing and mastering their music themselves. The band’s influences are broad, but choice artists include Goat and Hawkwind.

They live in Cambridge, the most unequal city in the UK. The band used to play in a shed in the garden of a council house, but have since moved up the property ladder to an industrial estate on the outskirts of town.

Unable to play during lockdown, the band put together their favourite unreleased tracks and made them available to download for free. This compilation eventually ran to four hours across six albums, with each album receiving a physical release on Weird Beard Records.

Live, Psychic Lemon have played gigs all over the UK, including headlining Norwich Psych Fest and playing alongside bands such as helicon, GNOD and Carlton Melton. In Europe, they’ve gigged in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.

They have released vinyl albums on Drone Rock Records (UK) and Tonzonen Records (DE).

Psychic Lemon are:-

Andy Briston: Guitar, synths and loops

Martin Law: Drums


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