UPDATED: Grandaddy bassist and founding member Kevin Garcia died yesterday after suffering a massive stroke, the band confirmed via a Facebook post. He was 41. A few hours after the band announced his death, they cancelled a tour that was scheduled to begin on May 7.
“There are no accurate words to express what we need to,” the post reads in part. “We are absolutely shattered to say that we lost our friend and band mate Kevin Garcia early this afternoon. He succumbed to the effects of a massive stroke. We were all able to say goodbye to him and he was surrounded by his closest friends and family here in Modesto [California].
“Kevin was a proud father of two children, Jayden and Gavin,” the statement continues. “He is survived by his grandmother Joan, his parents Randy and Barbara (who let us practice at their house until 2001…and who are the best), his brothers Craig and Jeff and his wife Sondra.”
The band has set up a GoFundMe page to help the family with expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/friends-of-kevin-garcia.
Grandaddy was formed in Modesto in 1992 by singer/songwriter Jason Lytle with Garcia — who was 15 at the time — and drummer Aaron Burtch. From the beginning, the band’s hazy, indie-psychedelic sound was marked by Lytle’s distinctive, drawling vocals, languid tempos and vintage synthesizers. They were soon signed by V2 Records, which issued the group’s debut “Under the Western Freeway” in 1997. “The Sophtware Slump,” which many feel to be the group’s best effort, arrived in 2000 and was a loose concept album about the convergence and contradictions of technology and the human condition. Two more albums followed before the group split in 2006.
The band reunited for live dates in 2012 and released their first album in 11 years, “Last Place,” in March. A tour was scheduled to begin on May 7, but “Given the circumstances, we unfortunately have to cancel our upcoming US tour dates,” the statement concludes. “We hope to reschedule these at some point in the future. The dates are below.
May 7 – Vancouver, Canada
May 8 – Seattle, WA
May 9 – Portland, OR
May 11 – San Francisco, CA
May 12 – Los Angeles, CA
May 13 – Pioneertown, CA
With great sadness and love, Grandaddy.”