by carl wilson

Nils in the Coffin

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John Campbell, a close friend of Alex Soria (above right, in a circa-1984 pic from Sugar Diet zine; Alex's death was reported on Zoilus last week) writes to note that I was a little off on Nils history - Alex's brother Carlos did not join the band until 1984. From its formation in 1978, through its first show in 1980, until (I gather) Carlos stepped in, the bassist was Guy Caron (aka Chico Fit).

In other news, a wake was held for Soria last night at the Green Room in Montreal; a memorial concert is planned for the New Year; and Montreal campus-community station CKUT is doing a tribute this afternoon, starting right about now, from 3-5 p.m., with interviews with label laureate Woody Whelan and zine machine Jack Rabid, consummate Nils fans and friends.

Further reading on Alex & the Nils: A long moving thread on the Montreal board of 20hz.ca; the Rock and Roll Report recalls jamming with the Nils; a quite lovely obit from the Ottawa Sun (Patrick Pentland of Sloan: ""The Nils were one of the reasons I kept banging away on the guitar when everyone else in my life was talking about 9-to-5 and what size suit jacket I would have to wear. They were Canadian punk with intelligence and melody, truly inspirational and exciting and heartbreaking all at the same time"; Jim Bryson, singer songwriter and ex-vocalist of Nils-influenced Punchbuggy: "You knew when Alex sang that he'd lived every line of heartbreak"); a Nils Remembered feature from the Montreal Mirror six years ago.

News | Posted by zoilus on Monday, December 20 at 03:01 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson