The first song off Roky Erickson's landmark new album True Love Cast Out All Evil with Okkervil River debuted at Pitchfork.com yesterday. The song, entitled "Goodbye Sweet Dreams," echoes both Roky's 1970s horror-rock work and his albums with psychedelic founding fathers the 13th Floor Elevators, combining a propulsive rhythm track with threads of psychedelic interweaving guitar lines and feedback. Erickson's voice floats high above the crashing wash of sound, battle-scarred and resilient. The mp3 is available for download now at truelovecastoutallevil.com.
It is a sonic testament to Erickson's artistic resurgence and enduring status as one of the pivotal figures in rock and roll. Erickson's work has been covered by R.E.M, The Jesus and Mary Chain, ZZ Top, Television, The Minutemen and more, his influence acknowledged by The White Stripes, Patti Smith, Robert Plant and Sonic Youth to name a few. True Love Cast Out All Evil will be out April 20th on Anti-Records.
Roky Erickson will be playing songs from True Love Cast Out All Evil backed by album collaborators Okkervil River.
Roky Erickson Live Dates:
04-24 Austin TX, Paramount Theater
05-18 Los Angeles CA, Mayan Theater
05-20 San Francisco CA, The Fillmore
05-25 New York NY, Webster Hall