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Very sad news as it has been confirmed that Liverpool band Hers have died in a road crash in Arizona heading to a gig in California.
Hers had the world at their fingertips and had recently released their debut album ‘Invitation to Hers’.
The duo consisted of Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading and they were based here in Liverpool after forming in the city. Their tour manager Trevor Engelbrektson has also been killed in the crash in Arizona whilst travelling to Santa Ana, California.
Local reports said four were killed when a vehicle going the wrong way on Interstate 10 collided with a van carrying three people shortly after 1am local time.
They had performed in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday and were driving about 350 miles to Santa Ana, California, when the crash happened.
Stephen was from Barrow in Furness and Audun was originally from Norway. The duo met whilst studying here in the city. They last played Liverpool at Arts Club in October of 2018 and were coming to the end of a U.S tour when the tragic event happened.
Theys were on their second tour of North America playing 19 shows having released their debut album Invitation To Her’s in August of last year. Their label described them as “one of the UK’s most loved up and coming bands”.
Here’s the full statement from the band’s record label, confirming the news on Facebook saying the following:
“It is with overwhelming sadness that we regretfully inform you that Liverpool band Her’s, Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading and their tour manager Trevor Engelbrektson tragically passed away in a road accident in the early hours of Wednesday, 27th March whilst travelling to a show in Santa Ana, California.
We are all heartbroken.
Having recently released their debut album “Invitation to Her’s”, Stephen and Audun were on their second tour of North America playing 19 dates of sold-out shows to a fanbase that adored them. The pair were one of the UK’s most loved up and coming bands.
Their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label. As humans, they were warm, gentle and hilarious. Each time they stopped by the office made for an uplifting experience. To say they were close would be an underestimation of a friendship that was genuinely beautiful to witness; they loved one another like brothers. Musically, Her’s were astonishing. An aptitude for melody, fun, and entertainment combined with a complexity that was as sophisticated as it was stylish. They were in America playing to thousands of adoring fans. Fans they made a point of meeting and spending time with, such was their passion and humbleness. The world was at their feet. Everyone here at the label is overwhelmed and distraught. We have lost our friends and the world has been denied their talent. – Heist or Hit (Mick Scholefield, Martin Colclough & Patrick Fogarty)”
Threshold Festival takes place in Liverpool this weekend, a festival the band has played before. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Stephen, Audun and Trevor.
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