THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Roger ‘Roky’ Erickson is often heralded as one of the most influential psychedelic musicians that ever lived. Despite leaving his earthly incarnation just last year, echoes of his creations, particularly his work with 60’s Austin rockers The 13th Floor Elevators, are certainly alive and well today.
His story wasn’t without its darker shades. Caught between a revolution, the correctional system and his own battles with mental health, Roky spent years subject to electrotherapy and the debilitating side effects of treatment drugs before his creative spirit (alongside help from the very musicians he influenced) summoned him back to the stage.
We’re Gonna Miss You: An Aussie Tribute to Roky Erickson & 13th Floor Elevators is a non-for-profit compilation, with all proceeds going to Support Act and Black Dog Institute. The funds will contribute to a range of initiatives, from COVID-19 relief fund and mental health helpline, through to research in suicide prevention and developing education programs in mental health.
Paying homage to Roky, his resilience and his contribution to modern music, 11 artists from the Australian music community have united to produce an iconic tribute album, all in the name of raising much-needed funds for mental health. Sydney-based producer Dan Frizza approached Rick Snowden and Josh White from Third Eye Stimuli Records during 2019 and together, they carefully curated a slew of exciting rock acts including Rosa Maria, Buried Feather, Turtle Skull, The Jim Mitchells, Jak Housden (The Whitlams), Misty Lanes, Luke Spook, Pseudo Mind Hive, Charlie Gradon, The Flamingo Jones and Joe Ghatt (NZ).”