One of my favorite bands of all-time, space rockers Ozric Tentacles, have experienced a loss of tragic proportions. Their home studio/musical sanctorum recently burned down, taking with it myriad musical recordings, instruments and personal items. The group had returned from a European tour with little time to take things out of their house after wildfires raging in Larimer Country near Denver, where they live, consumed the surrounding area.
“On this solstice, Friday, June 22nd, 2012, our lovely mountain Erpland burnt to the ground, taking with it all of our archives, photos, masters, studio equipment, artwork, a ton of instruments, the list goes on and on,” reported bassist Brandi Wynne in the group’s online forum. “We were really having fun making those posh re-releases with all kinds of new images and bonus material, but all that is going to be a lot harder to find now. I was thinking to maybe open a P.O. Box, where if people have old photos or recordings or various other mementos collecting dust they think we should have, then perhaps they could send them on when they have the time.
“We have created this email account: firstname.lastname@example.org for anyone who wants to send messages, digi images, or audio even — though it probably won’t accept large files, but it’s at least a contact for a start to open up some ideas — or any information on building houses, preferably sustainable, or anything at all that that they feel they would want to pass on to brighten the day be it a joke, or advice, or to advise us that they have any studio gear they are getting rid of, we’re going need to buy a few things!“Communication is quite difficult at the moment,” she continued. “We are kind of all over the place, things should settle down in a bit, but maybe not for a week or two. I’ll try to keep checking in but the amount of questions I have to answer this week is quite overwhelming especially after not getting to come home after the tour, we’re still tired from that. For all the locals in FoCo, our friend Kyle from ‘Good Gravy’ is putting on a charity benefit show for High Park Fire refugees this Friday evening, all proceeds go to rebuilding homes for those who have lost them.
“Still shocked but alive. . .love & light ~ brandi x x (& ed & silas)”
For any artist, losing your life’s work is perhaps the ultimate nightmare. This is a group with a 29-year history, and any support anyone can offer the band would undoubtedly be appreciated. We’re deeply sorry for their loss. It is also ours.