Wyoming pop punks Teenage Bottlerocket have had a busy year, releasing their album Tales from Wyoming and hitting the road. Sadly, the band have now fallen on hard times, as drummer Brandon Carlisle has been hospitalized in a coma.
Although the band haven't yet announced anything through their public channels, Punknews notes that singer-guitarist Ray Carlisle (Brandon's twin brother) posted the sad news on Facebook.
It seems that the drummer was found at his house yesterday morning (November 3). Read the harrowing account below:
Hi friends and family. This is a tough one. Here goes. My brother Brandon Carlisle is in a coma. His roommate found him yesterday around 11 am and he was unresponsive. The paramedics showed up at his house shortly after and his heart wasn't beating. They got it going and it gave out again in the ambulance. They got his heart started again and it stopped beating in the icu unit where the doctors were able to get his heart going again a third time. The scary part is the swelling to Brandon's brain due to lack of oxygen and blood flow. His body temperature was 88 degrees when he arrived at the icu. I'm pretty sure that means my brother was without oxygen for quite a long time. He is currently in a coma and the doctors are keeping him at about 93 degrees. They will start to bring him back up to a normal temperature for the next 12-16 hours. Then they will ween him off of his sedatives and the neurologists will be able to determine whether or not Brandon is still with us. All prayers and thoughts for my brother are greatly appreciated. I know Brandon didn't want this to happen. He's tough as nails and we are hoping for the best. Looks like we need a miracle. Love to all.
Brandon Carlisle is a founding member of Teenage Bottlerocket, who formed in Laramie, WY, shortly after the turn of the millennium. They released a few albums and EPs on Fat Wreck Chords before signing to Rise Records for Tales from Wyoming.