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Josh Fauver R.I.P.

Army of Bad Luck label owner and former Deerhunter bass player was 39

Deerhunter Fauver By Drew Vandenberg
Photo credit: Drew Vandenberg
REST IN PEACE: Josh Fauver (left) with Deerhunter circa 2010.

Sad news came over the weekend when word spread that Josh Fauver had died. He was 39 years old. As a former member of various Atlanta post-hardcore and post-punk groups such as the Mascara Aesthetic, Titus, Circle 5, Perpetual Sciamachy Theorem, Electrosleep Int’l, S.I.D.S., and Deerhunter, Fauver left an indelible mark on the city's music scene. And with his self-run record label Army of Bad Luck, he released 7-inch singles and LPs by groups such as HAWKS, Retconned, Bataille, and by his own solo synth project Diet Cola.

Fauver started playing bass with Deerhunter in 2004. His contributions to Deerhunter’s sound can be heard on everything from the group’s self-titled debut LP for Stickfigure Records through to 2010’s acclaimed Halcyon Digest (4AD).

Fauver had recently started playing with a new band, to be called Napoleon, featuring Chris Van Etten (Carbonas, Ryan Dinosaur), James Joyce (Cheifs, Noot d' Noot, Car Vs. Driver, et al.) Gentleman Jesse Smith, Danette Haser (AkuYou, Pineal Ventana), and songwriter Anna Kramer. They had been working on new music, but had not yet played a show.

Some of Fauver's final recordings playing guitar and bass are featured on Retconned's 2017 album, fEAR.

 

Details regarding a memorial service will be posted here as soon as they become available.



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