The industrial goth band Psychotica was founded in 1994 by singer Pat Briggs, an alumnus of the glam rock outfit R.U.Ready who was at the time managing the small New York City nightclub Don Hill's.
Encouraged to form a new band to boost club attendance, Briggs
teamed with bassist and Don Hill bartender Tommy Salmorin to found Psychotica, soon bringing aboard onetime White Zombie
guitarist Ena Kostabi, Nine Ways to Sunday cellist Enrique Tiru Velez, backing vocalist Reeka, and drummer Buz. After their first live performance, the group signed to the American label, releasing their 1996 debut LP a few weeks after beginning a stint as the opening act on that summer's Lollapalooza tour. By 1997, both Salmorin and Buz had exited to form a new group, Numb
, and Reeka was also out of the band; the remaining trio of Briggs
, Kostabi and Velez
welcomed synth player Doug DeAngelis, pianist Bette Sussman bagpipe player Richard Markoff and koto player Mark Stanley in time to the record the second Psychotica LP, 1998's Espina. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi