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.�