Psyche are a Canadian dark synthpop band, now based in Germany. They are centered on singer Darrin Huss, who has been the only constant member, with various line-ups including his brother Stephen Huss, later followed by David Kristian, Per-Anders Kurenbach, and Remi Szyszka, all recording albums with Darrin under the name Psyche.
Psyche was formed by brothers Darrin and Stephen Hussin Edmonton, Alberta, named after the B-Side of Killing Joke’s Wardance single as well as being chosen for the meaning of the word. The band’s debut performance was on December 13, 1982 with Dwayne Goettel on additional keyboards.During this period, Psyche were known for their bizarre live shows wherein Darrin performed nude (except for being covered in shaving cream) while talk-singing and shouting over the music. While demos were recorded during this period of collaboration with Dwayne Goettel, no albums were released until 1985’s Insomnia Theatre, after Goettel’s departure.
After Insomnia Theatre achieved moderate success in Europe, Psyche tested the waters with a couple single releases followed up by a new studio album, Unveiling the Secret, in 1986.To promote the record, Psyche performed as the opening act for Suicide, at Élysée Montmartre in Paris, then as headliners on their own proper European tour.
After the release of their third studio album, Mystery Hotel, Stephen Huss was forced to take a hiatus from the group due to being diagnosed with schizophrenia. During this period Darrin began collaborating with David Kristian, leading to a new album, The Influence, in 1989. This album introduced new elements to Psyche’s sound, with samples created by Kristian, and being performed entirely on the Casio FZ1. Songs such as “Misery”, and “Haunted” began a new period with Psyche as precursors of the Dark Wave music scene.
After another hiatus while dabbling in side projects, Psyche resumed activities in 1996 with Per-Anders Kurenbach joining as a new member. The first single release was “You Ran Away” with a cover version of Goodbye Horses by Q Lazzarus as the B-Side.This cover version ended up being so popular that it ended up on becoming a permanent staple in Psyche’s live repertoire, as well as being included on the album Strange Romance, which took a musical shift toward an accessible, upbeat pop sound. After playing for the first time in Oslo, Norway and a return to Sweden, Psyche released a live video featuring highlights from their Strange Romance Tour. 1998 saw the beginning of a new record label partnership, and in June of that year Psyche released their eighth official album on the StrangeWays label out of Hamburg, Germany. The album Love Among the Ruined added a few more experimental touches to the pop side of Psyche’s style.
At the beginning of 2000, Psyche signed to Artoffact Records of Toronto, Canada. The specially-compiled release of Misguided Angels contained material from 1983 through 2000 as a re-introduction of Psyche back on their original continent. It contained the last material from Per-Anders Kurenbach, and Darrin as well as some rare mixes. By this point the partnership was dissolved, and Darrin began the next decade of music with Remi Szyszka as his collaborator in Psyche.
The new line-up made its debut on Accession Records with the single, Sanctuary, released in April 2001. After a series of successful concerts in both Europe and North America, ninth studio album The Hiding Place was released and well-received,
The 11th Hour, Psyche’s 11th album, saw the return of previous collaborator Per-Anders Kurenbach, but including a farewell track with Remi Szyszka, and a guest appearance by Christian Wirsig. The 11th Hour was released through Accession Records in Europe, Metropolis Records in North America, and Irond Records in Russia making it the widest release in the band’s history.
Following The 11th Hour, Psyche shifted their focus to touring rather than recording, playing shows and festivals across Europe, North and South America, and South Africa.
In July 2016, the first three albums “Insomnia Theatre”(1985), “Unveiling The Secret”(1986/1987), and “Mystery Hotel”(1988) are digitally remastered and re-released as double albums including archival bonus tracks, plus related singles, and mixes.