Tres Warren, singer and guitarist of Psychic Ills, was 41 when he passed away on March 22, 2020. At the time, Warren was ready to return to the studio with collaborator Elizabeth Hart and their bandmates to record the sixth Psychic Ills full-length.
While these recordings unfortunately and ultimately did not come into fruition, Warren and Psychic Ills were able to record two covers for a new 7″.
The Psychic Ills covers include “Never Learn Not To Love,” a Beach Boys song from the album 20/20 and based on “Cease to Exist” by cult leader Charles Manson. The Psychic Ills version of “Never Learn Not To Love” is instrumentally lush with suggestions of shoegaze.
The release also sees Warren cover “Cease to Exist,” the Manson original. Acoustic elements, folk overtones, and psychedelia pervade the Psychic Ills rendition.
“We wanted to honor the originals, but we didn’t want to cover them note for note.” Warren says, adding, “We wanted to bring them to where we are.”
Fans of Psychic Ills will no doubt be gladdened to see the release of these new covers. Newcomers to Warren and his music will find something appealing in these sonically diverse yet pleasing songs.
Official Tres Warren Memoriam Quotes from his bandmates & label:
“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.” — Elizabeth Hart, Psychic Ills
“Your encouragement and support sweetly given to me weakens any self doubt and insecurity. The generosity with your knowledge, passion, and talent is a fire lighting motivator. Your mischievous, playful, sometimes biting, but always familial, wisecracking keeps me smiling and laughing. I can neither count the refractions nor express how mesmerizing the light was while passing through. I love you, Tres. And also, my amp on stage isn’t too loud.” — Brent Cordero, Psychic Ills
“One of my favorite qualities of Tres Warren was his ability to ask your opinion of something and GENUINELY listen to your response with full attention and consideration. His knowledge and thirst for music was as unparalleled as his innate kindness, which was apparent to anybody that knew him. His tone on a guitar was unmistakably him, which was a tantamount to his musical brilliance. Drifting back on the memories we shared throughout unforgettable tours across the planet, it shows me that he was one of those special people in life. One that you seldom have the chance to meet, that continually inspire you and make you a better version of yourself. What an honor to know him. On that note, I’ll cheers a margarita to you, Tres. See you again someday, amigo.” — Jon Catfish DeLorme, Psychic Ills
“I was lucky enough to play music with Tres. He was a master songwriter and musicologist. He was a sensitive soul and magic-maker who inspired so many people. I feel fortunate that he included me in his world.” — Adam Amram, Psychic Ills
“Tres had this unflappable presence. He was so calm and cool it could be intimidating, but once approached, you were met with nothing but a gentle warmth and kindness. He was very generous with his cool. Above all else, though, he was a lover of music. I mean, the guy just loved music. He loved listening to it; he loved talking about it, and more than anything, he loved creating it. He was also generous with his music. For that, I will forever be grateful.” — Caleb Braaten, Sacred Bones Records