Roky Erickson’s career has spanned over the course of more than 50 years. Starting in 1965, Erickson co-founded 13th Floor Elevators, one psychedelic rock’s pioneering bands. Erickson soon faced personal obstacles with mental illness and other legal problems before finding Bleib Aliens that later became known as Roky Erickson and the Aliens. Since 1995, Roky Erickson began a slow but gradual return to music. In his latest works, you’ll hear collaborations with bands such as Okkervil River or The Black Angels.
2010 marked the return of Erickson with the release of True Love Cast Out All Evil, his first full length album with new material in nearly 15 years. In these 50 years, Erickson has been an influence to bands such as R.E.M or the Jesus and Mary Chain.
Through emotional turmoil, that includes several incidences of involuntary electroconvulsive therapy, Erickson is trying to get back into the swing of his life before: recording and touring. “I always make sure I have good guidance and help when I’m playing, and I try to keep it quiet [in the crowd] and thank the audience for grinning and bearing it with me,” he tells the Washington Post about his live shows.
Roky Erickson will be opening up for The Black Angels on March 1st alongside his backing band the Hounds of Baskerville. We’ve been awaiting this show for a while and to see one of the pioneers of psychedelic rock perform could be a dream come true.