Psychic Ills are returning to Marfa this weekend, playing at Padre’s on Friday. Since their inception in 2003, the New York-based band has moved from spaced-out improvisational skronk through soothing ambient synth-work and zonked ragas to land in the desert blues territory of their last two albums. They’re also Ballroom Marfa alums, having performed at the opening of Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe, and Alexandre Singh’s 2008 installation, Hello Meth Lab in The Sun.
Their most recent effort, One Track Mind, was produced by Neil Hagerty (see: Royal Trux, Howling Hex or Pussy Galore) and imports the astrally-inclined aesthetic of their earlier work to the sort of goner rock grooves explored by Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr. and the aforementioned Hagerty projects. For those considering ponying up the $7 cover charge, we offer the pretty beachfront psychedelia of “Mind Daze” from their 2011 album Hazed Dream as evidence of the impending good times. You may also stream their new album in its entirety at Spin.
They’re joined by Austin psych-rockers Holy Wave, who have tunes available for preview on Bandcamp.