Tres Warren founder of Psychic Ills has died, Getintothis’ Peter Guy reports as the band issue heartfelt statement.
Psychic Ills‘ vocalist and guitarist Tres Warren has died aged 41.
Warren, who formed Psychic Ills with bassist and singer Elizabeth Hart in 2003, were signed to Sacred Bones and released five albums of psychedelic rock and roll.
The New York band shared the news via their Facebook page, saying: “Our hearts are broken and heavy with the news that our brother Tres has passed away.
“Tres was a lover of music—his soul was made of it and he poured that into all he did with such heart and passion.
“We will forever be changed by knowing him and the empty space his leaving has left behind will never be filled… We love u T and will miss you every day.”
The duo released their first two LPs, 2005’s Dins and 2008’s Mirror Eye, on Brooklyn indie label the Social Registry before signing to Sacred Bones.
They then released studio albums, 2011’s Hazed Dream, 2013’s One Track Mind, and 2016’s Inner Journey Out.
The latter LP includes I Don’t Mind with Mazzy Star vocalist Hope Sandoval.
The full statement by the band is below.
Never Learn Not to Love and Cease to Exist are the first new Psychic Ills songs to be released since 2016’s album Inner Journey Out, and while they no longer precede a new record as originally intended, they stand as a celebration of Tres Warren’s beautiful musical spirit.
Originally appearing on The Beach Boys’ 1969 album 20/20, credited to Dennis Wilson and with changes to the arrangement and lyrics, Never Learn Not To Love” was written as Cease To Exist by a then unknown songwriter named Charles Manson.
His version would eventually appear on his album Lie: The Love and Terror Cult, released in 1970, by which time he was already incarcerated for the events that he is most commonly known for today.
Psychic Ills‘ versions are below.