"Best Psychedelic Rock Band" – The Village Voice Best Of NY Issue 2006
“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 garage rock, feeding their extended chugging jams through a thick fog of fuzz.” – The Wire
Din’s is the first proper full-length release from Psychic Ills, a band that took shape in NYC during the late days of 2003. Their first foray into the public ear came via a self released 7” bearing the title “Mental Violence I”; two tracks of drum machines, vocals and guitars which pushed and tugged at the senses with an undeniable sense of urgency. They followed it with another limited edition vinyl only release; a 12" EP bearing the title “Mental Violence II: Diamond City” which contained three more sonic explorations, a remix by Sonic Boom and served as the prerecorded debut of the four-piece incarnation.
Dins plays like a revelation of sorts and was recorded by Charles Burst who has worked with bands such as Black Dice, Gang Gang Dance and The Double. With a long string of bombastic performances behind them Psychic Ills entered the studio ready to create a record out of the incendiary compositions they had been perfecting. The result takes the band well beyond their astounding live dynamic of circular rhythm and guitar theatrics as they seamlessly blend non-traditional instrumentation and studio improvisation with a surging rock dynamic into an incredibly heavy debut.
Catalog Number: TSR024
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