Published Mar 31, 2020Following the sudden death of Psychic Ills leader Tres Warren last week, the project is being treated to a posthumous release. While Warren was working on a new Psychic Ills full-length before his passing, Sacred Bones will be releasing a 7-inch collecting a pair of recently recorded covers.
Despite not laying down any tracks for the new album — which was going to arrive this fall but now will not see release — Psychic Ills did manage to record covers of the Beach Boys' "Never Learned Not to Love," which was written by the late Dennis Wilson, as well as the Charles Manson song "Cease to Exist."
Down below, you can hear both covers. The 7-inch version can also be pre-ordered at the Sacred Bones website.
The songs mark the first material from Psychic Ills since their 2016 release Inner Journey Out. "And while they no longer precede a new album as originally intended," a press release states, "they stand as a celebration of Tres Warren's beautiful musical spirit."
Tres Warren's passing was announced by the band on March 23. He was 41.
In a newly released statement, Psychic Ills bandmate Elizabeth Hart wrote:
Tres was happiest when he was playing music. Through whatever trials life brought, when he picked up his guitar he could find calm. He also had a passion for film and impeccable taste. Tres had such respect for storytellers and was an amazing storyteller himself — you can hear that in his music. Maybe what you don't know is that Tres had a great sense of humor, he could run a joke forever and it never got old. He taught me so much. I'm so grateful to have had such a deep and soulful musical partner for all these years and feel lucky to call Tres my friend. Life won't be the same without him.