Matthew Good Band Co-Founder and Bassist Geoff Lloyd Passes Away

Matthew Good Band Co-Founder and Bassist Geoff Lloyd Passes Away
Matthew Good Band co-founder and former bassist Geoff Lloyd passed away this weekend. The cause of his death has not been publicly announced, though a Facebook posting states he had been "fighting his inner demons for a number of years, and they finally got the better of him."

Lloyd served as bassist for the Vancouver, BC-based Matthew Good Band from 1995 to 1999, during which the band released both their debut, Last of the Ghetto Astronauts, and their hit follow-up, Underdogs. In more recent years, he fronted his own band, the Slipjacks, and was instrumental in re-opening the now-defunct Vancouver punk venue the Cobalt in 2006.

A show benefitting Lloyd's wife and family will take place in Vancouver at the Astoria (769 East Hastings St.) on Sunday (February 7).

Matthew Good posted his own tribute on his website yesterday (January 31). Here it is in full:

I really don't know what to say right now. Having just found out that Geoff has passed I'm still in a state of shock.

Geoff was one of the founding members of the Matthew Good Band, and, as far as I'm concerned, it was never quite the same without him.

I remember a lot of things when I think of Geoff. Like me, he suffered from extreme mood swings and depression, something that he struggled with throughout his life. But, to be honest, most of the time I just remember how funny and utterly selfless he was. There are a million stories, a million memories, and threading them together thousands of miles travelled. I wouldn't change any of it for the world, and am honoured to have not only played with him, but to have had him be a part of my life.

On behalf of my entire family I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Geoff's wife and the Lloyd family.

For those of you in Vancouver, a fundraiser for Geoff's widow is being held Sunday, February 7, 2010 at The Astoria. For more information, visit the Facebook page that has been created for the event.


Thanks to Exclaim! reader Nigel Moore for the tip.