Tumbleweed Bassist Jay Curley Dead at 42

Tumbleweed, 1992
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 Australian band Tumbleweed in 1992

Curley played bass in the Australia-based “stoner rock” band, which once opened for Nirvana.

Jay Curley, bassist for the Australia-based alternative rock band Tumbleweed, has died, according to a post on the band’s official web site. He was 42.

Tumbleweed broke the news on Tuesday morning. Curley apparently died in his home on Aug. 25. No other details are known at this time, though the band from Wollongong, New South Wales did issue the following statement via its official website:

It is with deep sadness that we inform everyone of a great loss in the Tumbleweed family, our brother, friend and bass player Jay Curley passed away suddenly in his home yesterday. We are still shocked by the news of his death. We hope that people will remember him for his music, his big heart and his total dedication to rock and roll.

They also shared their 1992 song “Acid Rain” with the tribute:

Tumbleweed formed during the early '90s and were signed to labels like Polydor and Atlantic in their homeland while the grunge craze spread outside North America. They supported Nirvana on their only Australian tour (in 1992) and recorded with Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm. Their official Facebook page describes their sound as “stoner rock.”

Tumbleweed’s last two releases came in 2013, when they released a new album -- Sounds From The Other Side on Sept. 27 -- and re-released 2010's '90s compilation The Waterfront Years on July 20.

The band currently has five upcoming shows scheduled, beginning with a stop at Young Henrys Small World Festival in Marrickville, Sydney on Sept. 20.


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