Tres Warren, the lead vocalist and co-founder of American experimental rock band Psychic Ills, has died at the age of 41.
While no official cause of death has been revealed, the news of Warren’s passing was officially announced through the band’s social media channels: “Our hearts are broken and heavy with the news that our brother Tres has passed away,” a statement read.
It continued: “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.”
Singer and guitarist Warren founded the band alongside the bass player and vocalist Elizabeth Hart in 2003 and were based in New York City. Together, the creative spark between the two musicians resulted in the band having released five studio albums, one compilation and four EPs.
Warren, born and raised in Texas, met his future bandmate when he attended the University of Texas in Austin. “I had just gotten this Roland TR-707 drum machine, and I was getting into programming drums and writing songs,” he once said in reflection of the band’s formation. “There wasn’t really a course planned ahead, and it just evolved into a live band.”
Playing with elements of psychedelic, folk and soft rock, Psychic Ills formed their own path in a typically experimental fashion. After the release of ‘Killer’, their first-ever single, the band didn’t look back. They would quickly go on to collaborate with Sonic Boom (AKA Pete Kember) as part of their four-track EP Mental Violence II: Diamond City and their cult following was confirmed.
Signing to the famed Sacred Bones the band worked with numerous different collaborators which included Mazzy Star lead singer Hope Sandoval, hugely popular psyche band Moon Duo, Alfredo Thiermann, Drew McDowall, the Butthole Surfers, Neil Hagerty and plenty more who had grown to love Psychic Ills and Warren’s unique jam sessions style.