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26 December 2008 @ 11:23 am
Tris King  

Sad news for fans of niche late-1980s music. Tris King, the drummer of Bogshed, Jackdaw With Crowbar, A Witness and many others, died this week.

Guess my teenage self can now rule out any possibility of highly-unlikely reformations. Sniff.

A Witness – I Love You, Mr Disposable Razors

Bogshed – Excellent Girl
class_worrier on December 26th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) on December 26th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
Tragic and unfair.
besskeloid on December 27th, 2008 10:10 am (UTC)
Damn. Now that's two of A Witness gone. RIP.
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Rhodri Marsdenrhodri on December 27th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
No, although John Robb said he'd been ill for some time.
lydiamooms_manic on January 5th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Hi, I found this when doing a search of Tris on Google. Tris was my uncle and I can tell you he died of a very agressive type of brain tumor. He was lucky in that he lasted longer than any of the doctors expected, and up until literally the last two days of his life he was still 'Tris'. He died in his sleep with his wife next to him, and his drum kit nearby (he asked to play it about a week before he died), decorated in tinsel for christmas. He is desperatley missed, and I don't really know what we're going to do in a world without him :(
Rhodri Marsdenrhodri on January 5th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for posting. That's terribly sad - our thoughts are with you all.

Rhodri Marsdenrhodri on January 8th, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
hi Lydia - just saw your post on foreverdelayed... if there is news of a tribute concert, could you post it up here? Thanks so much.
(Anonymous) on December 28th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
Tris King
I’m very saddened to hear this news and Keith and I would like to pass on our sympathies to Tris's family and friends.
I played many times with Tris when A Witness and Bogshed appeared on the same bill and so I knew how good he was for a long time. When Bogshed finished and we needed a drummer, his name was first on our list, and I was delighted when he agreed to join. I wondered if he might be a bit TOO good, and I can still see him now setting his drums out in the rehearsal space in Liverpool and settling in behind his kit.
Of course, he got all the difficult bits first time and his great flair, sense of timing and feel for arrangement helped lift those final A Witness songs to a higher level.
‘Break On Through’, ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ – with its beautifully sparse acoustic mid-section, arranged on the spot in Strawberry – and of course ‘I Love You Mr Disposable Razors’ were all the better for Tris’s contribution.

I was shocked when I heard Tris was ill as he always looked so young. I remember him as a good guy and a great drummer and I'm glad to have known him and had him in our band. I’ll raise a glass to you Tris, and spin that final 12” single one more time.

Vince Hunt, A Witness.

(Anonymous) on January 8th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
my niece sent me this link. I've just spent two days in Woodbine Studios getting Tris' last cd mastered. He'd nearly finished it when the dreaded brain tumour struck. He uploaded four tracks from his + Kevin Eaton's previous cd on myspace - check KayaTango.
Although using Live + Logic (computer software for music) was difficult after the brain op, Tris was still drumming, playing guitar + making up songs till the end.
estelle (his wife)
Rhodri Marsdenrhodri on January 8th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
Re: Tris
hi Estelle,

Thanks so much for posting a comment. Tris had already pointed me towards KayaTango, describing it amusingly thus:

"Currently doing a Baldy Computer Muso meets Red Hot Soul Singer thing. Very Eighties. Hardcore Bog-Shed fans would probably hate it!"

So sorry to hear the news. Thoughts are with you all. x