Gorilla Biscuits Guitarist Alex Brown Dies at 52

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Alex Brown, a former guitarist in New York hardcore punk band Gorilla Biscuits, has died at age 52. The news was revealed by the band's singer, Anthony Civarelli, who reported that Brown died of natural causes following a basal ganglia stroke.

"The world lost a son, brother, uncle, artist, musician and loving friend this week," Civarelli wrote in an Instagram post announcing the news. "I lost my bandmate and friend of over 30 years, a piece of my heart died this week and all I can do is think of all the fun, shows, meals flights and trips we had together. All the late night talks and all the early morning hangs with him and my wife and kids. There will never be another alex brown." 

Civarelli said that a memorial service is slated to take place in Iowa in the next few weeks.

Brown, who was also a respected painter who showed his collage-like images in galleries in New York, was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1966 and studied art at the Parsons School of Design in New York, according to Brooklyn Vegan. He was alos the co-creator of the fanzine/label Schism and a member of the hardcore bands Project X and Side by Side, joining Gorilla Biscuits in time to appear on their landmark second album, 1989's Start Today and playing with them through their 1992 split and then again from 2005 until his death.

GB bass player Arhurt Smilios also paid tribute, writing, "I'm going to miss you, Alex. This sums up how you made me feel. I love you, buddy. Completely heartbroken. Stage Right is going to suck."

Guitaritst Walter Schreifels also penned a heartfelt homage to his late bandmate, saying, "It’s impossible to properly put into words, completely new terrain. Alex has been my brother since we were teenagers, it’s insane to think I won’t see him again, this is heartbreak. I’ve read so many beautiful posts about Alex today that have brought me to tears. It feels great to see Alex recognized as the great artist, musician and visionary that he was. He’s been a go to source of inspiration, insight, loving support and cry laughing hilarity to me since we first starting hanging out, somewhere around the time this photo was taken. More than any of us I think Alex understood how valuable our time together actually was and wasn’t afraid to express it." 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s impossible to properly put into words, completely new terrain. Alex has been my brother since we were teenagers, it’s insane to think I won’t see him again, this is heartbreak. I’ve read so many beautiful posts about Alex today that have brought me to tears. It feels great to see Alex recognized as the great artist, musician and visionary that he was. He’s been a go to source of inspiration, insight, loving support and cry laughing hilarity to me since we first starting hanging out, somewhere around the time this photo was taken. More than any of us I think Alex understood how valuable our time together actually was and wasn’t afraid to express it. I loved how at the end of every GB trip he’d make the point of saying a proper goodbye, including a hug followed by looking me in the eyes and telling me he loved me. If I feel good about anything it’s knowing the last time I saw Alex I told him I loved him, he wouldn’t have let me get away otherwise. I love you Alex and I’m forever grateful for all the amazing times we shared in this life, I’m so lucky to have known you, Rest In Peace my brother ❤️ #alexbrown #gorillabiscuits

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A number of the band's fans also paid tribute to Brown.

Watch the band play "New Direction" below.

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