Cosmic Psychos: "When you read the farming manual, there's a bit at the back that says you've gotta play in a punk band"

Cosmic Psychos
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From a dressing room in Idaho, Cosmic Psychos’ bassist and vocalist Ross Knight, AKA ‘Knighty’, reflects on his band reaching their remarkable 40th anniversary in 2023. “They forgot about that bit in the farming manual”, he explains, with his trademark dry irreverence. “There’s a bit at the back that says you gotta play in a punk band.” 

While still working as a farmer in central Victoria, Knighty’s parallel career as a frequently-touring punk rock larrikin continues to be the integral force behind the eleven studio albums, three live albums, two EPs and one compilation released by the Cosmic Psychos between 1985 and 2021. Best known for their unapologetic drinking anthem ‘Nice Day To Go To The Pub’, other fuzzy Psychos live standards include ‘Lost Cause’, ‘Pub’, and ‘Custom Credit’, which thunder along menacingly with their descriptions of wild women, alcoholism and lyrics mentioning southbound trams, pubs, meat pies, spiders, and more pubs. 

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Corin Shearston is editor-at-large for Australian Guitar magazine. He has contributed to Happy Mag, Hot Metal and The Sydney Sentinel, while also working as a rock drummer for over sixteen years. Corin has additional experience as a radio presenter and small business owner.