Monday, March 24, 2014

R.I.P. Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus)

Safe travels back to your home planet Oderus

I needed to put up a quick post after having heard the news about Dave Brockie passing away.

In a past life I played in a few metal bands and was constantly going to metal shows around New England almost every weekend. I actually had the chance to meet Mr. Brockie at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Massachusetts some years back. GWAR wasn't actually playing that night, so he was not in costume and just there with some friends. We were at the bar watching Lamb of God perform and just talking when eventually he said "Yeah, these guys are great, they toured with us last year." which prompted me to go into minor shock and say "Um, what band are you in?" He just replied "Oh, I'm Dave. I'm the singer for GWAR. We play thrash music and dress up like idiots."

It was at this point I told him I had seen GWAR at least five times over so many years, and what an influence they were on me both musically and creatively. He was incredibly friendly and humble, and we continued to converse through the set. I bought a round of beers for us as a thanks for creating so many albums I enjoyed.

About an hour later I was in another area of the bar and Dave walked back up to me, said "Hey, I gotcha back, thanks for liking our terrible music!" and handed me a Heineken. I've met many musicians in many successful bands, but only one of them ever returned the favor of buying me a beer.

GWAR is/was a huge influence on me; being a crossroads of metal, humor, and horror movie aesthetics. That's probably obvious if you read anything on here. GWAR is a unique (often imitated) band, and Dave was a unique individual. It's no small feat that he created and helmd a ridiculous performance art project only to see it grow into an iconic metal band lasting for 30 years.

My condolences to his family, friends, and the musical community that has experienced the loss of such a creative mind and generally nice guy.

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