Alex Brown of New York hardcore-punk outfit Gorilla Biscuits, as well as Side By Side and Project X, died Saturday, February 2nd, as confirmed by the band's singer Anthony "Civ" Civarelli.
"The world lost a son,brother,uncle,artist,musician and loving friend this week," the vocalist remembered in a Facebook post. "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. A memorial service will be held in Iowa in the coming weeks." He implores fans to "tell the ones you love that you love them" before adding that the cause of death was natural, stemming from "a basal ganglia stroke."
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The world lost a son,brother,uncle,artist,musician and loving friend this week. 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. A memorial service will be held in Iowa in the coming weeks. Tell the ones you love that you love them, alex passed away from natural causes a basal ganglia stroke.#schism #gorillabiscuits #sidebyside #kronkeypopjoy #unclealex
In addition to his tenure in the bands listed above, Brown also co-owned the short-lived record label Schism with Project X bandmate and Youth of Today guitarist John Porcell in the late 1980s. Brown's career extended beyond music, though, as he was an active painter who graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1991 and showed in solo and group shows around the world, including his most recent one-person show "Common Scents" at NYC gallery Feature, Inc. in 2012.
Another of Brown's bandmates in Gorilla Biscuits, bassist Arthur Smilios, paid tribute, as well. "I'm going to miss you, Alex. This sums up how you made me feel," he captioned a touching onstage photo. "I love you, buddy. Completely heartbroken. Stage Right is going to suck." Gorilla Biscuits guitarist and Quicksand frontman Walter Schreifels also chimed in social media. "It's impossible to properly put into words, completely new terrain," he wrote on Instagram. "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 ..." See that posts below, as well as tributes from an array of bands influenced by Brown.
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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
RIP Alex Brown. We had the pleasure and honor of getting to know you a few years ago and your kindness was so radiant and true. All my our love and condolences to Gorilla Biscuits and extended NYHC family. pic.twitter.com/Sv8P8gW4n4— Touche Amore (@ToucheAmore) February 2, 2019
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Colossal loss today. Alex Brown was a guy that influenced and inspired me personally in so many ways. From the wit of his early writing in Schism, to the design aesthetic that he almost single-handedly created (think Schism logo and just about all things Schism related, think Youth Crew 88 shirts, think all things Side By Side, think Gorilla Biscuits art and logos, etc.), to the bands that he’s done (Side By Side, Project X, Gorilla Biscuits), the guy was a unique, gifted and unmatched talent. I talked to Alex quite a bit during the Double Cross days and made it clear to him that Double Cross was a reflection of both his spirit and aesthetics. I don’t think he realized the impact of his art and style and if he did, he was extremely humble about it all. I still remember talking to Alex outside on the street, right after Rev 25 NYC had wrapped up and him telling me that he was a huge fan of Double Cross and checked it out regularly. Hearing that from someone I respected so much and knowing that it probably wouldn’t have existed without his influence, meant the world to me. So thank you Alex, thanks for blessing us all with your creativity and for simply being a friendly, humble, good guy. You will be monumentally missed, but your legacy will live forever. . . . #alexbrownforever #kidhardforever #kidhard #harderthanchinesearithmetic #schism #schismrecords #schismfanzine #sidebyside #projectx #gorillabiscuits #alexbrown