Olivia Tremor Control co-founder Bill Doss dead
Bill Doss, co-founder of The Olivia Tremor Control, the central band of the highly influential Elephant 6 scene, has died. The band's website currently shows simply a picture of Doss in concert, captioned "1968-2012. We are devastated by the loss of our brother Bill Doss. We are at a loss for words." No further information is available at this time.
Doss and his high school friend Will Cullen Hart founded The Olivia Tremor Control in their hometown of Ruston, Louisiana. Along with their other friends Robert Schneider (The Apples in Stereo) and Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel), the teens formed a fictional record label called The Elephant 6 Recording Company, which became a reality in the early '90s as those three bands and their myriad offshoots and alternate identities began releasing a steady stream of recordings. The Olivia Tremor Control's two proper albums, Music from the Unrealized Film Script Dusk At Cubist Castle and Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One, were among the finest Elephant 6 releases, blending a strong experimental streak with a knack for psychedelic pop songwriting.
A rift between Doss and Hart led to the OTC's split in 2000, with Doss moving on to the solo project The Sunshine Fix. But in 2009, Doss appeared on the second album by Hart's band Circulatory System, and the Olivia Tremor Control properly reunited in 2011 for a series of live shows and a new single, "The Game You Play Is In Your Head." The band were reportedly working on a new album.
|The Game You Play is In Your Head (Live at Pitchfork Festival 2012)|