Since it was announced a few days ago that Teenage Bottlerocket drummer Brandon Carlisle had been found unresponsive at his home and was subsequently in a medically-induced coma, this little scene of ours pulled together in heart-warming fashion to support one of its all-around good guys. The unfortunate moment that we’ve been collectively hoping wouldn’t come is sadly, devastatingly here. From the official TBR statement:
“It is with the heaviest hearts that we have to report our beloved drummer Brandon didn’t make it. The doctors did everything they could to save him, but the MRI showed he is no longer with us. His family and loved ones are with him as they prepare to take him off life support and let him gently move on.”
There are going to be far more personal tributes and memorials pouring in over the coming hours and days than I’ll ever be privileged to write. It’s been alternatingly heart-warming and heart-breaking to read the ongoing stream of messages on various social media accounts over the last few days. From those of us that had only limited interactions with him a few times to those that spent weeks on the road with him to longtime veterans of scores of TBR shows across the globe, it seems the one thing that’s universally agreed upon is just how rad and sweet and caring Brandon was.
Keep Ray and Milo and the Carlisle clan as well as Miguel and Kody and the whole extended TBR family in your thoughts this weekend, kids. The GoFundMe page started to help whatever expenses came up is still active and kicking ass; check it out here. There’s also a pretty gnarly Brandon-inspired t-shirt being sold to support the GoFundMe, so go snag one!
Rest in peace, Brandon.