• TSR075: Catoptric
• TSR066: Mirror Eye
• TSR032: Early Violence
• TSR024: Dins
• TSR014: Mental Violence II

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• January Rain
• Killers
• 4am

• Mantis by Harrison Owens
• Eyes Closed by Harrison Owens
• Another Day, Another Night by Theo Angell

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“Psychic Ills have that dance band by accident thing going for them in a big way. Everything about them is bewitching, really, evacuating…an unlikely future-primitive grind, something as if (say) rave music and shoegaze were exactly the same thing.” – Village Voice

“This NYC quartet set their stall somewhere between oceanic guitar abstraction and the brittle crunch of psychedelic guitar rock, feeding their extended chugging jams through a thick fog of fuzz.” – The Wire

“A four-piece that has a way of seamlessly blending together the best aspects of the original Amon Duul with the discursive repetition of Spacemen 3, all the while pushing in hints of White Light-era Velvet Underground. They’re that rare kind of band that turns heads as soon as they’re on, the kind that set the bar high.” – Exclaim!

“Its silvery, slithering melodic fabric has no seam, everything lies down together in a psychedelic rock and roll orgy of acid-guzzled, dark-thrummed bliss. Dins does it, over and again.” – All Music Guide

Psychic Ills: Inception 2003, NYC

Hypnotic, elusive New York experimental rock band Psychic Ills took shape sometime during 2003. No plan was hatched. Electronic centered home recording investigations led to a self released 7-inch, Mental Violence I. Further jamming gave way to organic live excursions and a heavy group dynamic was solidified between Elizabeth Hart, Brian Tamborello, Tres Warren and Tom Gluibizzi.

The band became fully engaged in the New York music scene, toured the North East with a host of outfits and recorded their first record for TSR, a 12-inch bearing the title Mental Violence II. Sonic Boom was on hand for a minimal re-working of one of the tracks. Their first full length, Dins, a hybrid of improvised interludes and spaced out rock explorations was released in early 2006 complete with the painting, 'Three Hairs and Shadow’ by German Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell as the cover art. 

In the wake of Dins, the band embarked on a full year of touring which included outings with Indian Jewelry, Ariel Pink and Blood On The Wall to name a few. Early Violence, a collection of early and out of print tracks was released later that year as well. The Village Voice bestowed them "Best Psych Rock Band" in their 2006 Best of NYC issue but, by the time the year came to an end, Tom Gluibizzi had parted ways and the band re-configured as a trio which had progressed well beyond the Psych Rock genre. 

Around this time, Tres, Brian and Elizabeth began appearing in a host of projects outside the Psychic Ills banner. Brian Tamborello became a staple of the Boredoms Boadrum projects and played drums on Mike Wexler's record Sun Wheel. Elizabeth Hart lent her bass skills to Effi Briest and formed the avant garde dance and music ensemble Skint. Tres Warren took up the drone exploration project, Messages with Taketo Shimada, who released a single as part of TSR's Social Club series and have since completed a record. He also took part in the more electronic oriented Brainscan (with Nathan Corbin of Excepter) and Compound Eye (with Drew McDowall of Coil) as well as the African guitar-inspired project Golden Tongues (with Matty McDermott of Nymph). He performed live with former Can singer Damo Suzuki’s Network during this time as well.

During this time frame, the band began jamming with new band member Jimy SeiTang on keyboards & synthesizers. The band re-emerged in the summer of 2007 playing a more improvised music, at a festival in Brooklyn which The Social Registry put together.

As the music continued to expand, their shows have become to contain more non-musical and performance type elements.  The group has also come to frequently perform with a visual accompaniment or projections, often by their friend Rich Cohen.  At the same time that these various communication processes have come to the forefront, some of the more traditional aspects of the music seem to have retired to the back. They seem content to allow the road to reveal itself in front of them

In early 2008 they were flown to the art enclave Marfa, Texas to perform, and at the end of the year to the Contemporary Art Museum in Bordeaux France for the IAO festival. In early 2009 their second full-length, the largely improvised Mirror Eye, was released .