Published Jun 28, 2013Onetime 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson has struggled through years of personal difficulties, but he returned to music in 2010 with True Love Cast Out All Evil, his first album of new material in 14 years. Now, he's revisiting his past with a series of new reissues.
In September, Light in the Attic will reissue three of Erickson's '80s solo albums on vinyl, CD and digital download. The Evil One (1981) will be out on September 3, while 1986 albums Don't Slander Me and Gremlins Have Pictures will follow on September 17.
All of the vinyl albums are housed in deluxe gatefold sleeves with extensive liner notes and download cards. The Evil One is a double-LP, and a press release notes that is inspired by sci-fi and horror films and is "a masterful collection of songs about zombies, demons, vampires and, yes, even the 'Creature with the Atom Brain.'"
The breakthrough Don't Slander Me is also on double-LP and is said to "[showcase] his rock and roll sensibilities like no recording before." Gremlins Have Pictures, on the other hand, is being pressed on a single LP with an extra 7-inch. It is made up of various odds and ends, which were recorded following Erickson's incarceration in a hospital for the criminally insane after he was caught with marijuana.
The records are available to pre-order from Light in the Attic. Each of them is available in a coloured vinyl pressing (green for The Evil One, cyan for Don't Slander Me, orange for Gremlins Have Pictures).