Roky Erickson Is Back, Still Badass
This spring, psych-rock pioneer Roky Erickson will release his first new album in 14 years, True Love Cast Out All Evil, produced by Okkervil River’s Will Sheff and featuring the band on backup. The album collects songs Erickson wrote over the last 30 years, including recordings he’d made while incarcerated in Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, undergoing forced electroshock therapy treatments.
If you’re not familiar with Roky Erickson’s tragic and ultimately triumphant story, check out the documentary about him, You’re Gonna Miss Me, which tracks his early genius and success, quick descent into mental illness and neglect, and current status as Texan living legend. Here’s the film’s trailer:
In 1966, Roky’s band the 13th Floor Elevators scored a hit with the garage-y psychedelic single “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” He was 19. It still rules.
Tour dates after the jump….
Roky & Okkervil River will follow up the release of True Love with a brief series of shows for lucky folks in Austin, California, and New York:
Saturday, April 24, 2010 Austin, TX
Paramount Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Los Angeles, CA
Mayan Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Thursday, May 20, 2010 San Francisco, CA
Fillmore @ 7:00 PM
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 New York, NY
Webster Hall @ 8:00 PM
For more info on Roky’s album and tour, plus a great interview with Will Sheff, visit www.rokyerickson.net.