Liverpool indie band Her’s have been killed in a car crash while travelling to California as part of their second US tour.
Both members of the band and their tour manager were killed in the early hours of the morning while on their way to a gig in Santa Ana.
Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading have been described as “one of the UK’s most loved up and coming bands” by their record label. Manager Trevor Engelbrektson has also been confirmed as a victim of the crash.
The band had recently played a show in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday and were driving around 350 miles California when the crash happened.
“Their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label,” Heist or Hit said in a statement. “As humans, they were warm, gentle and hilarious. Each time they stopped by the office made for an uplifting experience. To say they were close would be an underestimation of a friendship that was genuinely beautiful to witness; they loved one another like brothers.”
The band had pencilled in 19 gigs on the US tour in support of their debut album Invitation To Her’s which was released last year.
“Musically, Her’s were astonishing. An aptitude for melody, fun, and entertainment combined with a complexity that was as sophisticated as it was stylish,” the label added. “They were in America playing to thousands of adoring fans,” the statement continued. Fans they made a point of meeting and spending time with, such was their passion and humbleness. The world was at their feet. Everyone here at the label is overwhelmed and distraught. We have lost our friends and the world has been denied their talent.”