Bassist Tim Feerick, who played with Sacramento post-hardcore bands Dance Gavin Dance and Wolf & Bear, has passed away.
According to a post on their website Friday night (April 14), Dance Gavin Dance acknowledged the news, writing, “We are utterly devastated to relay the news that our buddy and bass player, Tim Feerick, passed away last night.”
While Tim’s family and I are grieving his sudden and tragic death, we ask that you give us some space.
As of this writing, the circumstances surrounding the death are unknown. Even Feerick’s age, which is said to be 34 in his obituary published in The Sacramento Bee, is a mystery.
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The status of Dance Gavin Dance’s current tour plans is also unknown. These plans include a 43-date North American run, 11 dates across the UK and Europe, and appearances at the festivals Louder Than Life and When We Were Young, in addition to Swanfest, the band’s own boutique festival, scheduled for next Saturday (April 23) in Sacramento.
The band continued their message by telling supporters that “as soon as we obtain them, we will provide further developments about Swanfest and our next touring schedule.”
Feerick replaced Jason Ellis on dance gavin dance’s 2009 third studio album happiness, and he’s been with the band ever since. Feerick joined the band as a touring member, but he left after a little over a year when they reunited with founder bassist Eric Lodge, who had previously worked with them from 2005 to 2008.
However, Lodge’s second retirement in 2012 meant that Feerick was once again a mainstay in the cast. His first recording studio appearance was on Dance Gavin Dance’s ‘Acceptance Speech’ from 2013.
The album’s first song, “Synergy,” was released last month. It was written and performed by Rob Damiani of Don Broco. The band’s plans to release the record this year after Feerick’s death are unclear.
Soon after Wolf & Bear’s 2016 signing to Blue Swan Records (run by Dance Gavin Dance vocalist Will Swan), with whom Feerick replaced Nathaniel Duarte, Feerick joined the band. He contributed to their 2017 full-length debut, Everything Is Going Grey, as well as the 2018 EP, Grey Sessions, the 2019 EP, EP, and the 2020 singles, Street Rat and Monstro.
Wolf & Bear released a statement of their own in memory of Feerick: “Tim, you were a brother to us. inspiring constant improvement with such genuine care. You have never stopped having faith in us. Those in Authority, Please Take a Break.
The night following Feerick’s death, some of his bandmates paid tribute to the late bassist online.
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Saying, “Tim, I adore you. Tilian Pearson, a member of the band Dance Gavin Dance, expressed regret for not telling his fans more regularly. Your existence has been a source of endless amusement and delight to me. The music you created had an effect on the world, and its influence will outlast us all.