Kent Stax, drummer and founding member of Virginia hardcore group Scream, has died. Stax’s bandmates revealed the information in a Fb publish earlier right this moment (September 20), writing that the musician had been dwelling with metastatic most cancers. “We’re heartbroken to share that our drummer Bennett Kent Stacks handed away this morning,” Scream wrote. “Kent is the unique heartbeat of Scream,” they continued. “Although now we have needed to proceed on with out him earlier than, now we have all the time recognized Kent is irreplaceable.” Discover the band’s full assertion beneath.
Stax shaped Scream in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia in 1979 alongside schoolmates Skeeter Enoch Thompson (on bass), and brothers Pete and Franz Stahl (on vocals and guitar, respectively). The quartet drew affect from the burgeoning punk scene in close by Washington, D.C., they usually notably admired the pioneering D.C. group Unhealthy Brains.
Scream reduce their debut album Nonetheless Screaming in 1982 on the legendary Inside Ear Studio. The report was co-produced by the band, then-Minor Menace frontman Ian MacKaye, Eddie Janney (later in Rites of Spring), and Inside Ear co-founder Don Zientara. Nonetheless Screaming marked the first-ever full-length launched on MacKaye’s Dischord label.
Stax remained in Scream by way of their subsequent two albums, 1985’s This Facet Up and 1986’s Banging the Drum (neither of which have been issued on Dischord), however he departed within the mid-to-late ’80s to start out a household. His substitute was Dave Grohl, who performed with Scream till becoming a member of Nirvana in 1990.
Throughout a 1996 Christmas reunion present, Stax briefly joined his former band on stage; the live performance was recorded and launched as their Stay on the Black Cat CD. Stax and Scream returned to Inside Ear Studio—and to Dischord—to chop their newest full-length DC Particular. The report was tracked in 2021 earlier than the studio’s authentic location was shuttered. DC Particular arrives November 10, and options contributions from Grohl, Amy Pickering, Mark Cisneros, Joe Lally, and extra.
We’re heartbroken to share that our drummer Bennett Kent Stacks handed away this morning after a bout with metastatic most cancers. Kent is the unique heartbeat of Scream. Although now we have needed to proceed on with out him earlier than, now we have all the time recognized Kent is irreplaceable. He was one in every of a form. Along with being a very distinctive drummer, Kent was additionally an completed fisherman, expert carpenter, and avid prepare fanatic.
Kent additionally performed in outstanding punk and harDCore bands together with The Suspects, Spitfires United, Alleged Bricks and extra all through his life. He additionally branched out to different genres, taking part in with The Daryl Davis Band and The Outdated Dominion Trio.
He’s survived by his spouse of 40 years Andrea, daughter Jennifer, brothers Kurt, William and Henry and a bunch of band mates, buddies and followers. For those who ever noticed us play or should you knew Kent, your ideas and recollections are welcome right here.