Make A Mirror
By Noah Michelson
'Mr. Alien Brain Versus Thee Skinwalkers is an incredibly joyful album, and we believe it's the best one we've ever made,' says Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, lead singer and founding member of seminal experimental rock outfit Psychic TV. No small claim coming from a band that has released nearly 75 albums in the past 30 years. Breyer P-Orridge credits much of the record's success to former Psychic TV member and -- as s/he (P-Orridge's dual-gender pronoun of choice) explains it -- her/his quite literal other half, Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, who died of heart failure last October. 'We were so focused on wanting to play for Jaye that we reached this other zone,' s/he says.
Virtually inseparable during the 14 years they spent together, the couple had been attempting to achieve -- with the help of extensive surgical procedures including matching breast implants -- perfect pandrogyny, a term they coined to describe the total unification of their beings into a single, evolved, genderless likeness. 'We're still here in one body representing us both in the material world, and now Jaye's my beachhead in the other world,' Breyer P-Orridge explains.
Overwhelmed with grief following Lady Jaye's death, Psychic TV canceled their fall tour and didn't reunite until National Public Radio invited the band to play a live session last May, from which the bulk of the new album (out in October) was culled. 'It truly is the band surpassing itself in its passion and love for Jaye,' Breyer P-Orridge says. 'It's been a huge rift, but we're trying to turn it into something positive by doing what we do -- by being creative.'