1969 – 2011
Over the past year or so I have posted quite a few R.I.P. entries, but none has affected me more than this one. I don’t know how old Trish Keenan was, but I do know she was way too young to die. (update: she was 42) And although she isn’t the first (and won’t be the last) to die before her time, the fact that she died of complications from pneumonia due to contracting H1N1 makes it that much harder to understand. It’s almost easier when you hear someone overdosed, because then you can blame someone, it makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is that someone can die in the hospital while being treated for pneumonia…not in 2011.
Trish Keenan was best known as the lead singer of the electronic/experimental/dream pop, Birmingham, England-based Broadcast. The band formed in 1995 and released 4 full length albums as well as various EPs and singles. Broadcast never had a huge following, but they had a loyal one. Fans and critics alike gave praise to nearly every release.
My memorable experience with Trish came at Fun Fun Fun Fest ’09 in Austin, TX. Broadcast and Atlas Sound played the Orange stage back-to-back. I didn’t realize the range and beauty of her voice until hearing her perform on that stage, both with James Cargill as Broadcast and as a guest of Bradford Cox during Atlas Sound‘s set. Nothing she has recorded prepares you for her range on stage. From that point forward I was a huge fan of this pale, dark haired, beautiful, stoic Brit with the voice of an angel.
R.I.P. Trish, you will be greatly missed.
Fun Fun Fun 2009, Austin, TX (the day I really discovered Trish Keenan)