Bryan St. Pere, the drummer of influential Champaign, Illinois shoegaze band Hum, has died aged 52. His bandmates Matt Talbott, Tim Lash and Jeff Dimpsey confirmed the news in a message posted on their social media: “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. 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.” A cause of death has not been revealed.
St. Pere was interested in drums from an early age; he told The Trap Set that he loved Rush’s Neil Peart so much that he would purchase Pert Plus shampoo growing up. After playing in bands from as early as the seventh grade, he joined Hum in 1990, following the departure of original drummer Jeff Kropp a year after guitarist and vocalist Matt Talbott co-founded the group. Hum released their debut album Fillet Show in 1991. They followed it up with their 1995 breakthrough You’d Prefer an Astronaut (featuring their signature hit ‘Stars’) and 1998’s Downward Is and Heavenward before disbanding at the end of 2000.
Although Shiner’s Jason Gerken filled in for St. Pere on Hum’s 2015 tour, he rejoined the band for various reunions throughout the 21st century, and played on their excellent comeback album Inlet, released last year. He was also a member of the Indiana-based band Amblare.
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