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Psychotica performing in Madrid, 2009
Background information
OriginNew York City[1]
LabelsAmerican Recordings, Ventrue Entertainment, Zero Hour Records, Art Monkey Records, Toxic Shock Records, Psychotica Records

Psychotica are an American industrial band, formed in 1994 by Pat Briggs and Tommy Salmorin[1] with a band consisting of Paul Kostabi, cellist Enrique Tiru Velez, backing vocalist Reeka, and drummer Buz. They have released three albums. Psychotica are best known for their participation in the 1996 Lollapalooza tour which also included Soundgarden, the Ramones, the Screaming Trees and Metallica.[1]

In 1998, Psychotica added guitarist Clint Walsh and released Espina. A tour with Jack Off Jill and Switchblade Symphony followed. Shortly after the tour, Briggs moved to Los Angeles. Briggs and Kostabi went in different directions and Psychotica disbanded.[1]

In the summer of 2009, Briggs and Kostabi reunited to begin work on the fourth Psychotica album. Psychotica partnered with Christian Menses and his independent record label, Toxic Shock Records to re-release Pandemic.[1]

On December 30, 2022, Psychotica's booking agency posted to Instagram that Patrick Briggs had died.[2] Cause of death was not reported.


  • Psychotica (1996, Ventrue Entertainment/American Recordings) logo/cover designed by Stephen Sprouse
  • Espina (1998, Zero Hour Records)
  • Thorn (2004, Art Monkey Records) (Expanded reissue of Espina)
  • Pandemic (2003, Art Monkey Records) (Previously unreleased 1999 album for Red Ant Records)
  • Pandemic Re-Release (2008, Toxic Shock Records)[3]
  • Psychotica Acoustic (2009, Psychotica Records) (Digital only release)
  • I Will Survive EP (2009, Toxic Shock Records)
  • Black Dahlia EP (2010, Toxic Shock Records)
  • All The Broken Souls & Pandemic (2018, Wanker Records)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bouras, Elizabeth. "History of Psychotica". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. ^ "LeaveHome on Instagram: "It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our dear friend Patrick Briggs of @psychotica_official"". Instagram. Retrieved 2023-01-04.
  3. ^ "Psychotica Nation - The official Psychotica home page". Archived from the original on 2019-11-03. Retrieved 2020-03-21.