Oh man. It’s been announced today that Tony Sly, singer and guitarist for beyond-influential Californian punks, No Use For A Name, has died. At the time of writing, no further details regarding Sly’s death have been released. He was just 41 years old.
Sly’s passing was announced via the website of Fat Wreck Chords, the band’s longterm label. The statement was as follows:
It is with great sorrow that we must say goodbye to Tony Sly of No Use For A Name. We received a call earlier today of his passing, and are devastated. We have lost an incredible talent, friend, and father – one of the true greats. Fat Mike had this to say: “One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed.”
There’s no words to describe how sad this news is. No Use For A Name were one of those bands we grew to love after realising that every single girl we ever snogged when we were teenagers had their t-shirts and insisted on giving us mixtapes of. For Sly to pass away aged just 41 is a tragedy, as only a few weeks ago he was talking about finally recording a follow-up to the band’s last album, 2008’s The Feel Good Record of the Year. If you don’t know No Use For A Name, get yourself over to Spotify right now and educate yourself.
(Note: we were recording this week’s episode of the podcast when this story broke, which is why there’s no mention of it on the podcast this week. Otherwise it’d have been front and centre in what we were talking about. R.I.P., Tony Sly)