Bunch co-founded Sense Field in 1991 after singing in the L.A. hardcore punk band Reason to Believe from 1986 to 1990. Sense Field released five albums over 13 years, working with Revelation, Warner Bros. and Nettwerk Records, seeing its greatest mainstream success with the single “Save Yourself” from the 2001 album Tonight and Forever.
In 2004 Sense Field disbanded and that same year Bunch joined the Florida-based Further Seems Forever as the group’s third lead singer, recording the album Hide Nothing with them. He stayed in Further Seems Forever until 2006 when the band broke up.
Recently, Bunch had reunited with his Sense Field bandmates for select shows in 2012 and was fronting the group Lucky Scars under the moniker Johnny Scars. Last fall, Lucky Scars released its debut EP, Rock and Roll Party Foul, on Spartan Records.
Bunch’s friends, fans and contemporaries posted notes of remembrance on social media following news of his passing:
We’ve lost a member of the Spartan family and one of our musical heroes. There’s a light up ahead. RIP Jon Bunch. https://t.co/zFLac06kVF
— Spartan Records (@spartanrecords) February 2, 2016
Rest in peace, Jon Bunch. Your voice sang me to sleep many nights. Thx for your contribution to my fav Further Seems Forever album.
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) February 2, 2016
We are very sad to hear about the passing of Jon Bunch. He was such a talented and kind human being. He will be sorely missed!
— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld) February 2, 2016
“We live and we learn and we crash and we burn and we’re gone” RIP Jon Bunch. One of my favorite voices ever. Prayers for friends & family.
— Ryan Clark (@RyanClarkDH) February 2, 2016
— Tooth & Nail Records (@toothandnail) February 2, 2016
Jon Bunch left us this morning. What a truly terrible loss the world of music felt when he breathed his last.
— Jason Lancaster (@GoJason) February 2, 2016
RIP Jon Bunch, your addition to Further Seems Forever especially impacted my life. Too many are leaving us behind this year…
— DARK MATTER TELLE (@TelleTWA) February 2, 2016
Absolutely horrified at the news that Jon Bunch passed away. What an incredible dude. So talented and SUCH a good guy. What a loss.
— Aaron Marsh (@AaronMarshMusic) February 2, 2016
We’re shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Sense Field’s Jon Bunch(center). He will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/x7WcCU4fHG
— Revelation Records (@RevelationRecs) February 2, 2016