R.I.P. Jon Cook of Rodan, Cerebellum, Crain
Published Feb 13, 2013Jon Cook, a Louisville, KY post-hardcore musician who had played with Rodan, Crain, and Cerebellum, has died. While the cause of death was not announced, his passing was confirmed over the weekend by the Temporary Residence Ltd. imprint. Tiny Mix Tapes reports he died February 9 after a long illness. He was 40.
The late multi-instrumentalist was described in Temporary Residence's Facebook post as "One of the most creative and influential musicians to ever call Louisville, Kentucky home," with Cook playing in bands since the '80s.
Following the 1988 breakup of his band Lead Pennies, Cook had formed the short-lived Cerebellum, which also included future Matmos member Drew Daniel. The group, in which Cook played bass, released a cassette before breaking up in 1989, but the members went on to form Crain, who issued a few 7-inches and a pair of LPs. The group's Steve Albini-produced 1992 debut Speed was reissued by Temporary Residence in 2005. Cook had played guitar and sang in Crain.
Cook had also played drums briefly with Rodan in their early days. His later output included stints with Parlour, Spider Crutches and Weapons.