Late last night (Sunday 9/27/09) my boyfriend alerted me to a tweet via The Death Set, with some very sad news. “R.I.P. my dear brother, friend and band mate Beau Velasco. For all those who wish to pay their respects I will let know soon.” “Noo.” I thought. It couldn’t be. Another young and talented individual, gone. Disbelief hits all over again…It’s been a rough couple of months for many.
We’re saddened at the untimely loss of Beau Velasco, one of the founding members of The Death Set. It seems like just yesterday, I had asked Johnny Siera some questions via email, for the feature I was writing, TheMotherFuckinDeathSet. He told me about his journey from Australia to the states with is friend Beau. The hard work, fun and good fortune that they were experiencing with The Death Set, and how it all came to be. Beau’s creativity will forever be heard in the spazzy, electro-punk music we came to love a great deal and seen in his many art forms. Our deepest sympathies to Beau’s family and friends, The Death Set, and those that knew Beau and shared in his life.
“R.I.P. my dear brother, friend and band mate Beau Velasco. We are all so devestated that I will keep this short. We love you and you will be missed. You affected us all so much in the most positive ways. Our lives would not be as is if not for you. We love you. For all those who wish to pay their respects we will let the details known soon.” – via Johnny Siera from The Death Set’s Facebook page
“Beau Velasco, beloved brother and co-founding member of The Death Set, passed away Sunday, September 27, in Brooklyn, New York. Beau co-wrote the Worldwide album with Johnny Siera, with whom his partnership reaches back beyond The Death Set’s beginnings, to Black Panda from Gold Coast, Australia. The Death Set moved from Sydney to the US in 2005, but Beau took a back seat from touring a while later. This original core lineup of the band had recently rejoined to write and record the next record and to resume touring together. At the moment, few details are available about the circumstances of Beau’s passing, but information will be shared as soon as possible, including about immediate plans for The Death Set.” – via The Death Set site