R.I.P. Hamish Kilgour of The Clean

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Hamish Kilgour

Hamish Kilgour, founder/drummer of The Clean and brother of bandmate David Kilgour, has died, according to a report from New Zealand’s Stuff. The New Zealand musician had last been seen in a Christchurch shopping center on November 27, and was reported missing by his family on December 1. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Kilgour formed The Clean with his brother David in 1978, and they released their debut single “Tally Ho!” via the still-young Flying Nun Records label in 1981. That same year they released the influential Boodle Boodle Boodle EP, which was followed by the Great Sounds Great EP a year later, and eventually their debut album Oddities in 1985. Their first U.S. release was the 1986 collection Compilation, which featured their early material. The group disbanded and reunited a few times, reconvening in the ’90s with 1990’s Vehicle, 1994’s Modern Rock and 1996’s Unknown Country. Their music played a major influence on North American indie rock bands such as Pavement and Superchunk and in 2001 they released their album Getaway via Merge.

Kilgour moved to New York in the early ’90s and formed The Mad Scene with bassist/guitarist Lisa Siegel, and released three albums between 1993 and 2012. He was also briefly a member of Bailter Space. In 2014, Kilgour released his debut solo album All of It and Nothing, followed four years later by Finklestein.

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