reppin: nyc, usa // sacred bones records // active: 2003 - present
sounds like: an adventure into a deep mushroom forest with little woodland creatures
last album drop: inner journey out (june 2016)
featuring: tres warren // elizabeth hart
To properly tell the story that is Psychic Ills, we have to track back to the country...er state of Texas via 2003. There was really no plan when the two got together and released a few tracks at a time. Tres stated that he challenged himself to write songs through improvised jamming. But by the late 2000s, they began traveling outside of the states, specifically catching the attention of the IOA Fest in France. The “improvised” approach continued as they released 4 EPs of experimental material, but soon found themselves signed to Sacred Bones Records, where a more traditional song approach began. The history speaks for itself as I got my ass to Reggie’s on the south side to check out this stoner rock duo. Damn, did they deliver in a deliciously, eerie and dark sort of way.
Two things were apparent to me off the bat...there is no bullshit as they beautifully move from song to song. In fact, I don’t think one word other than the lyrics were uttered. Second, the writing shines even more in the live setting. Watching the two along with their touring members piece together songs was a thing of beauty. The mixture of mellow psychedelic rock sounds, mixing in with a flowy bass, keyboard and pedal steel guitar could please any ears on a fall night. In a time period where the album is sadly outweighed by the single or even chorus in the mainstream, these dudes dispatch that norm. True and pure shows that focus solely on the music are few and far between these days...cheers to these creative cats and to a evolving push into the future.
suggested listening experience: vinyl cuddle sesh // walking through the rain on a fall day // any sesh involving a joint