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Psychic Ills’ Tres Warren Dead at 41

The lead vocalist and guitarist helmed the experimental New York band since its formation in 2003

Tres Warren of Psychic Ills, September 2007 (LIZ BROWN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Tres Warren of Psychic Ills, September 2007 (LIZ BROWN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Tres Warren, the lead vocalist and guitarist of New York experimental group , has died. The band shared the news in a post on its social media pages today (March 23). Warren was 41 years old.

“Our hearts are broken and heavy with the news that our brother Tres has passed away,” Psychic Ills wrote in their post. “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.” Find the band’s full post below.

Warren formed Psychic Ills with bassist and singer Elizabeth Hart in 2003. Their recordings were influenced by ’60s psychedelia and folk music, as well as American soft rock of the 1970s, and spaced-out electronic compositions. Their music was marked by long stretches of instrumental passages, often the result of improvised jam sessions.

The duo dropped their first two LPs, 2005’s and 2008’s , on Brooklyn indie label . Psychic Ills then signed to and released their next three studio albums: 2011’s , 2013’s , and 2016’s . The latter LP includes “I Don’t Mind,” Psychic Ills’ single with ’s Hope Sandoval.

In addition to Warren’s 17 year tenure with Psychic Ills, he also released , as well two LPs with Drew McDowall under the name , and three albums with Messages—a trio made up of Warren, Spencer Herbst, and Taketo Shimada. Messages released their last full-length, , in 2013.

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