Thursday, March 28, 2019

Tragedy Cancels Sold Out Soda Bar Show With Her's

Tonight's sold out show at Soda Bar with Her's is cancelled.

It is being reported that the band, while travelling toward California from Arizona, were involved in a fatal car collision which left 4 people dead; Her's members Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading and their tour manager Trevor Engelbrektson, as well as the driver of the Nissan pickup. Information about the collision can be found here. The band had performed at the Rebel Lounge in Phoenix and were driving west through the night for their Wednesday night gig in Santa Ana at the Constellation Room. The collision happened just after 1am. The collision site was about an hour and 45 minutes into what would've been approximately a 5 1/2 hour drive from Phoenix, demonstrating the perils of exhaustion, impairment, and dangers of the road.

The band had just come off a successful run at South By Southwest and were showing great promise on their second US tour. As the news trickles out, no doubt the loss will have a ripple effect among the music community and fans. A statement from their label is below, as well as a performance from SXSW.

More on the story at NME, Billboard, Consequence of Sound and possibly the last photo taken of them here as well as lots of IG tributes and photos here. Even more links: Paste, Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum

Update: Besides Her's members Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading, the Minneapolis music community is reeling from this news. Tour manager Trevor Engelbrektson was a well known soundtech and TM in the Minneapolis area at venues like Icehouse, The Hook and Ladder, and First Avenue, and leaves behind a wife and two young sons. His friends and family have a GoFundMe page here.

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