Hayley Thompson King cryptically refers to her debut solo album, Psychotic Melancholia, as a “Sodom and Gomorrah concept album” influenced by her childhood obsession with the so called wicked women in the bible. As metal as that sounds, these are in fact the basic ingredients for a rich and complex psych and country tinged rock & roll record.
Lauded as “an explosive display of vocal prowess” (PopMatters), the former opera singer’s compositions draw from Romantic works of art as well as her upbringing in a very small town, Sebastian, Florida. “My dad was a teamroper and horse trainer” she says, “I spent a lot of time in the dually listening to country music and going to punk shows with my friends...and then I went to opera school.” (she has a Master’s Degree in Opera from New England Conservatory of Music) ...and the result is "...a positively jawdropping exposition that celebrates the entire canon of rock ‘n’ roll’s energy, and should be considered an upping of the ante on the gritty sonic real estate of garage, punk, country, and Americana, into some amalgam altogether more apt of Thompson King’s wondrous artistic aptitudes." (Paste Magazine)
The album touches on themes of love and heartache in the lush country tracks “Dopesick” and “Old Flames (the latter a cover of the Hugh Moffatt/Pebe Sebert tune), and lurches from shrieklaced, ramshackle garagerockers “No Room for Jesus ” and “Lot’s Wife” to the haunting, psychedelic “Melencolia I” to the dismantling of false idols in “Teratoma”.