Both members of an indie rock duo, along with their tour manager, were killed in a traffic collision Wednesday while on tour in Arizona. The AP reports that Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading of the British duo Her’s died alongside their tour manager Trevor Engelbrektson.
Their record label Heist or Hit confirmed their deaths. The group had performed a show in Phoenix and was en route to the next gig in Santa Ana, Calif.
“Authorities in Arizona say a pickup truck and a van collided head-on about 75 miles west of Phoenix, killing the truck’s driver and three people in the van. Officials did not name the victims,” the AP reports.
The duo, based in Liverpool, released a debut album, “Invitation to Her’s,” last year.
In a statement, the record company said: “We are all heartbroken. Their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label.”
British Council Arts, which posted the clip below in 2017, added a note to its post saying: “We are truly shocked and saddened to hear the awful news this morning that Her’s have died in a car accident along with their tour manager in the US on their latest tour. Audun and Stephen were two of the nicest guys we’ve had in session for Selector Radio — our thoughts are with their friends, family and fans.”
The YouTube post includes the following previously posted information about the group:
“The seeds of Her’s have well and truly rooted themselves in Liverpool, UK. Originally a meeting of minds between Norway’s Audun Laading and Barrow-born Stephen Fitzpatrick, Her’s forged a strong chemical bond through a mutual love of off-kilter humour and outsider art.
“Having clocked over one million streams between the two tracks on their debut single ‘Dorothy’ and ‘What Once Was,’ and after following it up with the lackadaisical thrift-store humour of their sun-bleached single ‘Marcel’ and the exhilarating surf romp of ‘Speed Racer,’ Her’s released a rollicking document of their infant career so far in ‘Songs of Her’s,’ a collection of all their recorded output to date.”
Here’s a clip of the duo performing “What Once Was” in a Selector Radio session, posted by British Council Arts …