By: Addie Hayes, Editor/Lead Writer, Regional Music Journal
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 27, 2019, up and coming U.K. band Her’s were involved in a car crash in Arizona that claimed the lives of four people, including both members of the group and their tour manager. Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading, along with their tour manager Trevor Engelbrekston were involved in a head on collision with a pickup truck around 1:00 am.
Her’s had performed in Phoenix, Arizona at The Rebel Lounge on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 and were scheduled to perform at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana, California on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The accident took place on Interstate 10 while the group were traveling the 350 miles to Santa Ana. The driver of the pickup truck was also killed in the crash.
Her’s performing at the Curtain Club in Dallas, TX before tragic car crash – Photos Courtesy Adriance Rhoades
Her’s management, Heist or Hit’s said in a post on their Facebook page, “their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label. As humans, they were warm, gentle and hilarious”. The label said they were “heartbroken” after hearing about the accident.
The duo were about half way through their 19 show North American tour in support of their debut album Invitation to Her’s. Ten days before the crash, Her’s performed in Dallas, Texas at the Curtain Club; local artist Sara King provided opening support. Before their performance in Dallas, the duo performed at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, and had sold out shows in Toronto, Ontario at The Drake and in Washington, DC at Songbyrd.
Sara King providing opening support for Her’s at the Curtain Club in Dallas, TX – Photos Courtesy Adriance Rhoades
Her’s were headed for stardom in the indie rock scene. Their debut album Invitation to Her’s was released on August 24, 2018, and received mostly positive reviews. The Guardian described them as “Ones to watch” and said, “the Liverpool duo lovingly channel the 1980s, complete with drum machine, (and) nods to Twin Peaks”. Fader described the album stating, “kind of what would happen if The Strokes went to the beach for the summer”, while The Line Of Best Fit called the duo, “one of Liverpool’s most promising young talents”.
The tragic loss of such a promising new group has hit fans hard. The show in Santa Ana would have been the third sold out performance of the North American tour. Her’s leaves behind a single album as their legacy, one that will hopefully inspire others to create music and carry on in their absence.
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