Shawn Smith, Singer of Brad, Useless at 53 | Music Information


Shawn Smith, the singer of Seattle alt-rock band Brad, has died as a result of issues from diabetes. He was 53 years previous.

As a musician hailing from Seattle within the early 90s, Smith crossed paths with many different notable rockers. His first band, Malfunkshun, featured future Mom Love Bone frontman Andrew Wooden. In 1993, by way of a reference to Sub Pop founder Jonathan Poneman, he partnered with producer Steve Fisk and Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil to launch an album as Pigeonhed. Smith was additionally an early member of The Twilight Singers.

However Smith is maybe greatest often called singer of Brad, the alt-rock band which additionally counted Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and drummer Regan Hagar as members. Between 1993 and 2012, Brad launched 5 full-length albums, together with 1993’s Disgrace, 1997’s Interiors (which additionally featured contributions from Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready), and  2002’s Welcome to Discovery Park. The band’s most up-to-date album, United We Stand, was launched in 2012.

In between Brad’s releases, Smith and Hagar additionally put out music below the moniker Satchel. A 2005 compilation, Brad vs Satchel, collected unreleased and incomplete tracks from the 2 outfits.

In gentle of Smith’s dying, a number of fellow musicians took to social media to pay tribute. “The gentlest of mild souls, with a voice that got here from the deepest areas of the spirit, I hope he finds peace and relaxation on his soul’s onward journey,” wrote Posies founder Ken Stringfellow (through Louder).

Added Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez, “God pace to our good friend Shawn Smith. One of many nice Seattle voices. Relaxation In Peace Brotherman.”

Smith reportedly handed away on April fifth, a date that’s develop into synonymous with Seattle’s music scene for all of the mistaken causes. Beforehand, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain handed away on April fifth, 1994, and Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley died on April fifth, 2002.


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