You might not know who Trish Keenan is, but you may be hearing some of her songs on indie radio stations today and through the weekend. Fans on Twitter are mourning the death of the young "Broadcast" singer with the hauntingly clear and mesmerizing voice. She'd been in the hospital battling pneumonia, a complication from the H1N1 virus, for weeks.
The swine flu claimed a young, seemingly healthy woman. Lest we forget this is a serious bug when not caught in time. Not that I'm telling you to get vaccinated or anything ...
The band never went mainstream in the U.S. -- their biggest claims to fame here was their song "Before We Begin," used in the Season Four finale of the show The L Word. The song "The Book Lovers," the one that got the attention of record labels, was also featured on the soundtrack of the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The fairly obscure band with the psychedelic '60s feel was most widely known in electronic music circles.
Her record label, Warp Records, issued this statement this morning:
It is with great sadness we announce that Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away at 9 a.m. this morning in hospital ... Our thoughts go out to James, Martin, her friends, and her family and we request that the public respect their wishes for privacy at this time. This is an untimely tragic loss and we will miss Trish dearly -- a unique voice, an extraordinary talent, and a beautiful human being. Rest in Peace.
Fans are remembering her by uploading songs to YouTube. Won't you take a few seconds to pay tribute by listening to a few as well?
"Before We Begin"
"The Book Lovers"
Were you a fan of the band?