Originating as an English experimental group using unconventional and psychological approaches to weaken systems of control, Psychic TV has done much more than reveals the medias natural disposition. From 1975-1981, P. Orridge was the singer for Throbbing Gristle, an English band that invented the industrial genre. When the band split in 1981, P. Orridge did not waste any time. He sought out, and reunited with Alex Fergusson, a former band member of Alternative Punk. By the end of this year, P. Orridge, Alex Fergusson and TG’s Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson had officially sprung on Psychic TV on the world.
Since 1981, they have experimented with a multitude of musical styles from psychedelic to industrial, acid house to folk music, and so on. They seemingly fascinate their followers by practicing such unique behaviors. For instance, they use pronouns into their songs that only encompass both male and female genders- this practice is known as pandrogeny. As the band reputation ambiguously increased, P. Orridges love life took a turn of events.
Around the 1990s, P. Orridge met Lady Jaye Breyer. Lady Jaye Breyer did not only become his lover but also a collaborator. Both believing in the systematic approach to breaking genders, the two of them went through a series of cosmetic procedures to correspond to each other’s gender. Seemingly, it was not P. Orridge and Lady Jaye Breyer anymore; it was a combination duo, Breyer- P. Orridge. In 2007, they released their newest album in over a 10 years, Hell is invisible.. Heaven is here.
Kick starting their newest album, they booked a show in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Anderson’s Fifth Estate. When the owner of the venue had found out the band had a transgender singer, the show was immediately canceled. On October 9th, 2007 Lady Jaye had collapsed and died in P. Orridge’s arms. She had been battling stomach cancer but ultimately died from hear failure. In 2008, Psychic TV stuck by the old saying “the show must go on.” They released an album, Mr. Alien Brain Vs. The Skinwalkers, Lady Jaye was incorporated a lot in remembrance in this album.
Now, almost another decade later they have released a trailer for their upcoming documentary A Message From The Temple. This documentary is directed by Jacqueline Castel and produced by Sacred Bones and Dais Records. The trailer shows the bands devotion to depicting transgression in art. The trailer has very little talking, a screen similar to what a broken VHS would play and some edgy footage that is seemingly vintage. They have pledged on a kick-starter page to raise funds for this documentary. This includes, travel expenses, equipment, etc. They have already raised $12,612, which is about 25% of what they hope to raise through donations of followers. The trailer ends by a black screen with white words saying, “We are not seeking followers, we are seeking collaborators.”