Bill Doss of the influential American indie band Olivia Tremor Control and the Elephant 6 musicians’ collective, has died aged 43. The singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s death was announced on the band’s website.
A simple statement read: "We are devastated by the loss of our brother Bill Doss. We are at a loss for words." No cause of death was announced. A further statement read: "Please respect the privacy of the Elephant 6 family at this time. Our hearts are with them, and we will release any further statements as its fit in the days to come."
Doss was a co-founder of the band in the early 90s, and they became part of the very influential Elephant 6 collective. Other bands in the fluid group, where musicians flitted between various projects, included Apples In Stereo, Of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel and The Sunshine Fix.
Olivia Tremor Control released two critically-acclaimed albums, Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle in 1996 and Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One in 1999. The band had been on hiatus for more than a decade except for some live shows in 2005. A 2011 single hinted at the imminent release of a collection of new songs.
The Olivia Tremor Control’s music veered between psychedelic experimentation and sunny, melodic pop, although usually imbued with a lingering melancholy. Doss was always looking for new sounds, and exploring old music. "Sometimes life can get kind of rough and kind of weird," he told Rolling Stone in a rare interview, "and you just want to retreat with your eight-track."