Bryan St. Pere, drummer for the Illinois space-rock powerhouse Hum, has died. He was 52. In a post shared on the group's social media pages, his bandmates expressed their deep sadness for his "sudden and unexpected" passing.
"It is with very heavy hearts and tear filled eyes that we share the news that our beloved friend and bandmate, Bryan St. Pere, has passed away," the band wrote. "We are devastated and deeply saddened by his sudden, and unexpected passing."
"Bryan was a dear friend, a loving father, brother, and was an incredible person and musician," they continued. "We all feel extremely lucky to have shared time and space with him. Peace and love to all who knew Bryan, and those he touched. We will miss him dearly."
St. Pere joined Hum in 1990 after the founding members allegedly heard him drumming along to Rush while passing by his apartment. He played on the band's first four albums — 1991's Fillet Show, 1993's Electra 2000, 1995's You'd Prefer An Astronaut and 1998's Downward Is Heaven — and partook in almost all of their reunions, save for one tour in 2015.
However, he was back in the band when they surprise-released their crushing 2020 album, Inlet, which was their first in over 20 years. Blast that record below and pay close attention to the pounding drums in honor of St. Pere's memory.