Bryan St. Pere, the drummer for the seminal Illinois alt-rockers Hum, has passed away at the age of 52.
The drummer’s death was confirmed by fellow Hum members Matt Talbott, Tim Lash and Jeff Dimpsey on Instagram as they described the sad news as “sudden and unexpected.”
The joint statement from the band read: “It is with very heavy hearts and tear filled eyes that we share the news that our beloved friend and bandmate, Bryan St. Pere, has passed away. We are devastated and deeply saddened by his sudden, and unexpected passing.”
Adding, “Bryan was a dear friend, a loving father, brother, and was an incredible person and musician. We all feel extremely lucky to have shared time and space with him. Peace and love to all who knew Bryan, and those he touched. We will miss him dearly.”
With his unique blend of pounding rhythmic elements and sparse almost new wave flourishes, St. Pere will be remembered as one of the most singular sticksmiths of his generation.
He was famously invited to join the band after they passed by a window and heard him performing Rush songs inside. “[Rush is] like the only band I listened to for two years,” he told The Trap Set podcast in a recent interview. “Maybe three years. Like, eighth grade, sophomore year of high school, it was all Rush.”
No cause of death has yet been stated for his sad passing. His Poly Vinyl Records label described him as “a truly genuine and down-to-earth person who infused every interaction with disarming candour and effortless humour.”