Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Donations To Benefit Victims Of Bottom Of The Hudson Tour Bus Accident

Download: Bottom Of The Hudson - "Perfect Distillation" (from Fantastic Hawk)
Download: Bottom Of The Hudson - "All Bottled Up" (from Coyote/Bottom Of The Hudson 12" split The Elements)
Download: Bottom Of The Hudson - "Riot Act" (from Holiday Machine EP)
Download: Bottom Of The Hudson - "Bee Hive" (from Fantastic Hawk)
Download: Bottom Of The Hudson - "Motorcaid"(from The Omaha Record)
Download: Bottom Of The Hudson - "Hand Writing" (from Fantastic Hawk)
Download: Bottom Of The Hudson - "Holiday Machine" (from Holiday Machine EP)

This is old news now, to be sure, but it's still important all the same. This tragic roadside accident, in which Trevor Butler of indie-rock outfit Bottom Of The Hudson was killed and the rest of his bandmates hospitalized, came to my attention via an anonymous comment on the blog. Here are more details, via Absolutely Kosher:

Philadelphia/Brooklyn band Bottom of the Hudson suffered a serious van wreck on Sunday, July 29th, while returning home after the final date of a short East Coast tour to promote their new album, Fantastic Hawk, released just two weeks ago on July 17. While on I-40 near Clinton, NC, a tire blew out sending the van out of control and flipping it multiple times. Bassist Trevor Butler was killed in the accident and drummer Greg Lytle is currently in ICU in Chapel Hill, NC. The other members of the band, Eli Simon, Michael Prince and William Chesterton Chambers, suffered minor injuries and were released from the hospital. We will update this page as news comes in.

We didn't have an opportunity to get to know Trevor Butler as well as we would have liked, but he was a great guy and a great musician. He was instrumental in the evolution of the band's sound over the years. In addition to playing in Bottom of the Hudson for the last several years, Trevor also was a founding member in fellow-Philadelphia group Coyote. He was utterly devoted to music and helped many, many bands set-up shows in Philadelphia. We are devastated by his loss and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the band and their families. Thanks to everyone who has sent condolences and well-wishes.

Donations can be made here via paypal and benefits are being scheduled. Please keep the band in your thoughts and prayers. At the top of the post, you'll find an MP3 dump of the B.O.T.H music.

(Jonathan Graef)

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