Vern Rumsey, who played bass in the great ’90s/early 2000s post-hardcore band Unwound, has died at the age of 47, according to a statement posted online on Aug. 6, 2020.
Who is Vern Rumsey.
Vern Rumsey was an American musician and the bassist for the band Unwound. He generally played a Fender Jazz bass. He was also a recording engineer who has worked with bands such as Blonde Redhead, KARP, Enemymine, Novex and Replicator.
His death was announced by Conan Neutron, who was Rumsey’s bandmate.
Absolutely stunned and shocked.Vern Rumsey
is gone. I have few details. One of the sweetest and most pure hearts I know and one of my favorite bass players of all time. I can barely process this right now.
I was such a fan of what he did, he was in one of my favorite bands (Unwound). He was a compatriot, my Household Gods bandmate and my friend of many years.
I’m devastated.This is impossibly heavy and I can barely handle it.
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused death . This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
RIP Vern Rumsey. Unwound were a band who meant a huge amount to me during my early twenties – listening back now, and they are still so incredible, way ahead of there time https://t.co/TqZFYZsX0N
— John Merrick (@johnpmerrick) August 6, 2020
RIP Vern Rumsey. Unwound are probably a perfect band. When they weren’t writing absolute bangers, they were challenging you in ways that have to be appreciated. I don’t think a band has shaped how think music can sound more than them.
— robyn reynolds (@depressionfan93) August 7, 2020
Sad news. Unwound was a great band. Leaves Turn Inside You in particular is a hauntingly beautiful masterpiece. One of the best albums of the past two decades, an unheralded classic.https://t.co/01c3xBAohS
— Blayne Haggart (@bhaggart) August 7, 2020
The day Vern Rumsey and Unwound played at my house after the venue canceled on us was the high point of my life at the time. As evidenced by my gleeful dancing. (See kid in Wyoming T-shirt.) We learned today that Vern has died at 47. He was the greatest. https://t.co/CM7ASuJQOr
— Andrew Dalton (@andyjamesdalton) August 6, 2020
Jonathan Evans wrote
I sometimes forget that many of my indie rock idols from the 90s are only like 5-10 years older than I am. Ppl like Vern Rumsey seemed so much larger than life to me at the time.
matt jencik wrote
Much love to all of Vern Rumsey’s family & friends. I was lucky to share a stage with Unwound & they were truly a force to behold & his playing was very unique.
The Van Pelt wrote
Rest in restless power you magnificent bassist Vern Rumsey. We watched you many times and learned more about what the bass could do #unwound
Charlie Dibe Rose تشارلي ديبه wrote
Damn. Say it ain’t so. RIP Vern, one of the best. I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Unwound and Long Hind Legs.
Unwound’s Vern Rumsey has diedConan Neutron wroteI just thought of something else that is totally fucked! I was going to have Vern on Protonic Reversal. To go through his story and his experiences and his incredible life in music… long overdue if you ask me.I was all caught up in my head about it and it being a “conflict of interest” thing and other stupid shit that doesn’t matter at all. DIDN’T FUCKING DO IT.STUPID. STUPID. STUPID.
Jack Krebs wrote
Sorry man. We have no control over when friends will go. It’s terrible. We just gotta make sure we know and they know they are our friends. AND rest assured our friends know they are our valued friends even if you don’t say it all the time.
Lindsey Charles wrote
Ryan and I jumped when we saw your smiling face on the Pitchfork home page and then we saw the caption. So sorry, Conan. Sending you all the mental sweaty hugs we can muster.