The lead singer from the stoner metal outfit Thinning the Herd has responded to the tragic death of Rick Cimato. The drummer recently died in a car crash while traveling through Connecticut.
Cimato was on his way from Maine to New York when the accident occurred. According to Loudwire, the head-on collision happened in Connecticut while he was returning home from visiting his relatives for the holidays.
Upon learning of his friend and bandmate’s death, Thinning the Herd lead singer Gavin Spielman posted the news on the group’s official Facebook Page.
“I just found out my best friend and drummer Rick was killed in a car accident this weekend. I don’t think I can continue with Thinning the Herd anymore.”
According to the Examiner, Gavin later issued another statement regarding Cimato’s passing and the future of the band.
Spielman’s statement read:
“Being in a band is about being friends.
In shock and in tears over the loss of my friend and bandmate, I have to think of the band. I named the band Thinning the Herd when my father Steven A. Spielman passed, to cope with the loss. Rick would want me to keep writing for Thinning the Herd. If stop, I would not be doing his legacy service. His drumming on the new record is some of the best rock I have heard, and I want you guys to hear it.
Thank god for this guy, what a gift as a friend, brother and band mate. For anyone who jams with others, anyone who lets another into that higher conscious world – you might understand the depth of how one can integrate and nurture the spirit.”
Formed in 2006, the group’s Facebook page states the band came together “in a cloud of smoke, within a recessed canyon deep inside your mind. We make music to sooth beasts souls — rendering them sensitive and comfortable people.”
Noisecreep reports that Thinning the Herd recently put the finishing touches on an album produced by Steve Albini. Prior to Rick Cimato’s death, the band intended to release Freedom From the Known this February.