It is with the deepest regret that I write this story informing you that Todd Serious, the singer of Vancouver punk act The Rebel Spell, passed away on Saturday (March 7th) due to injuries sustained in a tragic rock climbing accident. The band just posted the following message on their FB account:
“It is our deepest regret to inform you all that on Saturday, March 7th, we lost our good friend and lead singer Todd Serious, also known as Todd Jenkins, in a tragic rock climbing accident. Todd influenced our lives in a way that is beyond comprehension. This is completely sudden and unexpected and we’re still processing what has happened. We’re taking a few days to figure it all out. This is pretty heavy for all of us, and a lot of people are still finding out so if you’re letting others know, please be respectful.“
According to a news post on a local NBC channel website the accident took place at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation outside Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Rebel Spell put out what many of us at Dying Scene considered one of the best punk albums of 2014 in September and I personally have been a huge fan of their music since the day I discovered them on MySpace 6 or 7 years ago. They were one of those fantastic bands that weren’t getting covered on any other site at the time that would eventually inspire me to start Dying Scene in the first place. Todd’s death comes as personal blow to many of us, I’m sure, and our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to his friends, family and band members.
You can stream the The Rebel Spell’s last couple albums on bandcamp.