David Roback, the famed musician and producer who co-founded the band, Mazzy Star alongside Hope Sandoval, has died aged 61.
While specific details around Roback’s passing have been kept under wraps, David’s mother, Rosemary Roback has confirmed that “the cause was metastatic cancer.”
Roback, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He began life as a musician alongside his brother, Stephen Roback, when they formed the band Unconscious, which also included Susanna Hoffs who would later go on to become the lead singer and guitarist of The Bangles.
Given his thirst to create music, Roback became an active and influential figure in the Paisley Underground music scene in Los Angeles during the early to mid-1980s as the leader of the band Rain Parade.
After jumping around a number of different bands throughout the 1980s, Roback transitioned a group into Mazzy Star. Following the split of previous bands Clay Allison and Opal Roback invited vocalist Hope Sandoval to join as lead singer— a move which allowed the band to head into a new direction in what would later become major commercial success.
After years of performing across California’s underground scene throughout the 1980s, Roback and his new band were about to hit the big time. The 1994 release ‘Fade Into You’ would propel them to new fame and firmly announce them as the ultimate dreamy pop-rock group of the 1990s. “It’s a really good song,” singer Hope Sandoval told news.com on reflection, “It’s just one of those things,” she added while trying to explain why the track became so popular.
She continued: “It was never intended to be a nostalgic song. Unless you were meant to think about nostalgia for the present because it really was about the present.”
Following on from the cult success of the track, Roback and Sandoval didn’t look back, releasing four studio albums through the band, with the most recent coming in the shape of 2013 effort Seasons of Your Day. The band’s final release, the Still EP, was shared in 2018.