Sam Fender has led the tributes to Her’s, after the Liverpool band died in a car crash.
Stephen Fitzpatrick, 24, and Audun Laading, 25 of the duo were killed alongside their tour manager Trevor Engelbrektson in a car crash while on their way to a concert in Santa Ana, California.
The devastating news was confirmed by Her’s’ label Heist Or Hit, who said they are ‘all heartbroken’.
And a host of musicians and music fans have joined in on the tributes following the accident.
Sam Fender shared a picture of Stephen and Audun and tweeted: ‘Absolutely devastated to hear the news about @ThatBandOfHers.
‘Fell in love with their debut album when a good friend back home put them on. I’m truly heartbroken for their friends and family. R.I.P you two beautiful boys.’
BBC Introducing, who filmed an acoustic performance with Her’s at SXSW which was the band’s final post on social media, tweeted: ‘Everyone at Introducing is very sad to hear the devastating news about @ThatBandOfHers and their tour manager. Her’s were supported by @Dave_Monks at Intro in Merseyside and their music had been featured across BBC Radio. Our love & thoughts go out to their friends and families.’
And rising star Sara King, who spent time with Her’s as they toured the US, wrote a heartbreaking note on Instagram, as well as sharing a number of group pictures with the boys.
She wrote: ‘if you know me, you know who my favorite band is. you know how much i talk about them, listen to them, look up to them, etc. so when i found out today that my favorite people passed away…..i’m losing it. i’m a wreck. i don’t want to believe it. i will never get over this. i had been listening to their playlist all day….. these boys deserved the world. they deserved much more recognition than they received in their time on earth & i’ve always always said that. you can scroll super far down on my twitter and find multiple tweets of me geeking over their talent.
‘they were everything and more to me. i discovered them & their music in 2016. immediately hooked on their sound and style. i watched their live session of “what once was” on safehouse at least 100 times, back to back, watching stephen’s hands and trying to learn the tabs so i could cover the song on my channel. i did shortly after. skip to a few years later, this month, i’m opening for my favorite band. i get to MEET my favorite band, TALK to my favorite band, become FRIENDS with my favorite band…..i teared up on the way home after the dallas show because they had told me how impactful my cover was on them as we were saying our farewells. it was the first they had ever seen of one of their songs. that’s something i will never ever forget.
‘i am so so so beyond blessed that they came to texas. i am so so grateful that i had the honor to be in their presence & share lovely moments with them. they are truly the most beautiful human beings. down to earth, genuine people. they will always be my number one. they will always have a special place in my heart. i wish their families well. i can only imagine what they must be going through…rest in peace my dear brothers. i love you both forever.’
Stephen, originally from Barrow, Cumbria, met Auden, who hails from Kristiansand, Norway, met in the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts and went on to form Her’s.
They released a nine-track record in 2017 called Songs of Her’s, followed by their debut album Invitation to Her’s last year, which was met was positive reviews.
The band were due to play the Soda Bar in San Diego on Thursday night before the accident; they had also scheduled dates at Mallorca Live Festival and Gold Sounds Festival in Leeds this May.
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