With the punk scene reeling from the awful news of Teenage Bottlerocket drummer Brandon Carlisle unexpectedly passing away on November 7, perhaps it’s best to focus on all the happiness Carlisle had a hand in providing through his band. Below are two videos of Teenage Bottlerocket’s set on Halloween at the Fest 14 in Gainesville, Florida—Carlisle’s final show with TBR before slipping into a coma only four days later. First up is the band performing their new single “Dead Saturday,” off their new album, the Rise Records-released Tales From Wyoming:
Another video was posted of the band performing their single “Skate Or Die” from Fest 14. You can see it below:
Lastly, and more impactfully, is the band riffing on a cover of Danzig’s “Mother” with Yellow from Masked Intruder in the middle of their own song, “On My Own.” Following a bit of that, vocalist/guitarist (and Brandon’s twin brother) Ray Carlisle takes a moment to introduce the band. When he gets to Brandon, he addresses the crowd, “Go home, look in the mirror and do this for an hour. [Mimics playing hi-hat cymbals quickly.] You can’t do it—he can!” before Brandon pops off a quick drum solo. Watch:
I took this video of Teenage Bottlerocket at the Fest in Gainesville last weekend. We didn’t know it at the time, but it would be their final performance with Brandon, the drummer. He died last night. When I got to see them in Orlando earlier this year with Cory Stegall, Stacey Stegall, Mike Barton, and Kellie Shay Beebe, he was a very friendly and approachable guy, good natured and down to party with some complete strangers, so this news hit pretty hard. They perform “Mother” by Danzig, with Yellow from Masked Intruder singing vocals. Then Ray the guitar player introduces the band, including his twin brother Brandon for the last time, which is a fairly heavy moment.
Posted by Ryan Kreis on Saturday, November 7, 2015
If more footage surfaces from Teenage Bottlerocket’s Fest 14 set, we will post it.
Again, our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of Brandon Carlisle. Please consider donating to a GoFundMe account set up in his name that will help cover the costs of his medical and funeral bills. (If the GoFundMe link is not working, you can donate directly via PayPal to TBRpaypal@yahoo.com.)