Senseless Things’ Mark Keds has died, former bandmate Ben Harding has confirmed.
The singer and guitarist was 50 years outdated and died in the course of the early hours of this morning (January 10). A reason for dying has but to be confirmed.
“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we’ve got to let you know that, sadly, Mark – our singer, good friend and primary songwriter – is now not with us,” Harding wrote in a Fb group devoted to the band.
“It’s no secret that he had struggled on and off with drug abuse and a reasonably chaotic way of life for an extended whereas, and his well being suffered considerably through the years resulting from this. Whereas this had typically created friction throughout the on-off workings of Mindless Issues and his different initiatives, we select to recollect the good friend, the brother and the expertise we’ve misplaced at present.”
Harding went on to say that Keds (actual identify Mark Myers) was “really keen about his musical calling” and cited his best expertise as “exploring the on a regular basis fucked-upness and absolute, unbounded pleasure of one-to-one relationships; of affection, lust, loss, anger, grief and the ecstasy of the abnormal”.
Mark Keds performing with Deadcuts in 2016 CREDIT: Lorne Thomson/Redferns
“We love you, Mark,” he wrote. “It appears cliched to say ‘gone too quickly’, however rattling, it’s true. He was solely 50. It’s no fucking age to die. Our love and ideas exit to his pals, his household, his family members and those who liked him.” You can read Harding’s tribute in full here.
Mindless Issues shaped in London in 1986 and launched 5 albums earlier than they break up in 1995. They reunited in 2007 for a one-off present in London – their first in over 12 years – and held two additional exhibits in 2017. Across the latter gigs, in addition they launched ‘Misplaced Honey’, their first new materials in 22 years.
Not too long ago, Keds was performing together with his band Deadcuts, which he shaped in 2012, and was beforehand a member of The Wildhearts. He additionally had a credit score on The Libertines’ single ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, which used a line from the only ‘Hey! Kitten’, which was launched by Jolt, considered one of his many different initiatives.
Tributes have begun to be paid to Keds on-line. “Wow. Very unhappy to listen to about Mark Keds’ passing,” Frank Turner wrote. “We chatted just a few occasions about Deadcuts stuff, and ST have been superior. Actual unhappiness.”
Wow. Very unhappy to har about Mark Keds’ passing. We chatted just a few occasions about Deadcuts stuff, and ST have been superior. Actual unhappiness.
— Frank Turner (@frankturner) January 11, 2021
“Completely gutted to listen to Mark Keds has died, solely 50 and the Mindless Issues have been an enormous a part of the soundtrack of my youth,” wrote @thesaltiestcow. “Sleep nicely fella, thanks for the tunes.”
Completely gutted to listen to Mark Keds has died, solely 50 and the Mindless Issues have been an enormous a part of the soundtrack of my youth. Sleep nicely fella, thanks for the tunes ??
— The Salty Cow (@thesaltiestcow) January 11, 2021
See extra tributes beneath.
Utterly damaged on the information of the dying of Mark Keds. His music means the world to me and his model and attraction left an indelible imprint.
Relaxation in peace. pic.twitter.com/P2nn0JbjSf
— Darren Duran (@dazzledurazzle) January 11, 2021
Gutted to listen to concerning the dying of the prodigiously proficient Mark Keds. Singer in Mindless Issues and Deadcuts, author of the toweringly great Cannot Stand Me Now, plus a diversified and good vary of initiatives. Previous good friend. Goodbye, Keds. pic.twitter.com/XWvTbe1sy8
— Karen is freezing (@karensskitchen) January 11, 2021
Simply heard the information about Mark Keds and really feel like I have been punched within the intestine. Such a genuinely candy man and underrated songwriter. RIP Mark Keds
— Bee ? ?☠️ (@Flutterbee72) January 11, 2021
Completely gutted to listen to concerning the passing of Mark Keds his phrases and music outlined my youth and nonetheless iconic to this present day. Massive love Mark #senselessthings @SenselessTweetz pic.twitter.com/XpNUAqwRqG
— Mike Devine (@mike10devine) January 11, 2021
Gutted to listen to of the passing of Mark Keds, singer/songwriter from considered one of my all time favorite bands, Mindless Issues @SenselessTweetz Had the pleasure of catching them at considered one of their two comeback gigs in 2017. A tragic day. Thanks for the tunes Mark. ❤️
— Matt Turpin (@mattturpin1979) January 11, 2021