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HTRK: ‘We Are Utterly Heartbroken’

News posted Wednesday, April 7 2010 at 11:00 AM.
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HTRK: ‘We Are Utterly Heartbroken’

HTRK’s Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang have paid tribute to bandmate and founding member Sean Stewart, who passed away last month. In a statement sent to M+N earlier this week, the pair confirmed that Stewart, 29, took his own life in London on March 18.

“We are utterly heartbroken,” the statement read. “Sean's basslines and ideas set the scene for every HTRK song. He explored pleasure and pain with an intensity so rare. He was as charming as he was strange and beautiful. We truly loved him - he will be so dearly missed.”

Stewart founded HTRK (formerly Hate Rock Trio) with Standish and Yang in Melbourne in 2003, before relocating to Berlin and later London. The band released their debut album, the Rowland S Howard-produced Marry Me Tonight, last year.

A local tribute to Stewart will be held at Melbourne’s The Toff In Town this Sunday (April 11). The free event will feature HTRK DJs (Yang and Standish) spinning Stewart’s favourite tunes, as well as screenings of Kenneth Anger films. Dress code: black.

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black wasp!  said about 4 years ago:

As someone who didn't know Sean personally, I feel a bit weird about going to the Toff thing, though it would be nice to show some support for the buddies and family he leaves behind.


Marcus  said about 4 years ago:

as i think Ben mentioned in the other thread, props to Portraits of Hugo Perez also. I always dug that band.


astrousersasmind  said about 4 years ago:

As someone who didn't know Sean personally, I feel a bit weird about going to the Toff thing, though it would be nice to show some support for the buddies and family he leaves behind.

Same.


josejones  said about 4 years ago:

nigel asked us to post the details of the tribute on M+N, so it's not exclusive to family and friends.


red menace  said about 4 years ago:

I've had the same thought, black wasp


ben  said about 4 years ago:

Sean was someone i met, like most of us have done, through the Melbourne music scene. i first saw POHP at the north melbourne town hall probably in 2000, with Limit of Shunt, another great and highly underrated long defunct band. I remember his humorous, at times violent approach towards playing live - Portraits usually detested sound engineers and opted instead to play without the use of the club's PA. to me this added to their intensity, both Sean and Nigel would sing / shout and still be heard over the music. one of HTRK's earliest shows was at the much loved Good Morning Captain! - a place any band at any given time over a weekend could play. i heard their drum machine / instrumental bass noise from the front room and ventured on in to check out what the now defunct POHP members were up to sonically. this is was before Jon had joined the band, and they turned into what their recorded material is more representative of. It always interested me how they were a group of musicians who didn't really have a scene, they played whatever shows came their way, for better or worse. And i respected them for it. I particularly enjoyed one night at Pony, during an early phase of HTRK's laptop / guitar / bass / effected vocals sets, whereby a mixer tried to tell the band that there must be a plug in over the mix that he could not control, and was sounding undesirable. Sean yells at him ''Your a Plug In!'' i always get a smile out of that one to this day. I don't think POHP recorded material ever saw a release, which is ashame. i recall Sean telling me once that it was because they had recorded for a 7'' and their songs were too long, getting cut off by the needle a good 30 seconds or so before the song was done. Both personally and musically, sending my respects.


anok  said about 4 years ago:

Sean yells at him ''Your a Plug In!''

i'll never forget that either. was so funny!


IronMic  said about 4 years ago:

He explored pleasure and pain with an intensity so rare.

i was going to make a completely tasteless hutchence/carradine joke here, but decided against it :)


untold/animals  said about 4 years ago:

Good for you!


illywhacker  said about 4 years ago:

Anyone know what time this is happening?


Repairs  said about 4 years ago:

8pm


luxury  said about 4 years ago:

Sean yells at him ''Your a Plug In!''

i would never have remembered this had you not bought it up, but now i do


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