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