Friday, 14 January 2011

Trish Keenan RIP

(photo from thedecibeltolls)

The Pictures has always been about music, almost as much as film, and especially that place where the two come together - this is why we have bands play our nights, this is why we always have one or two music videos in our monthly lineup, this is why we talk in such similar terms about filmmaking (especially our kind of filmmaking) and musicianship - they're really not a world apart.

Awful news came this morning that Trish Keenan, lead singer, multi-instrumentalist and founder member of the band Broadcast, has passed away from pneumonia, brought on by contracting swine flu while on tour. Anyone who has been to one of our nights and heard our between film playlists, or seen any of the silent movies we've selected contemporary soundtracks for, will know that Broadcast were always one of our very favourite bands, from their cinematic analogue synth soundscapes and beautifully crafted songs, hauntingly sung in Keenan's unique tones, to their innovative light-and-projections based live shows, expanded cinema at its best. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to all friends & family. We felt like we couldn't let this pass without expressing how genuinely gutted we are at this loss, and paying a small tribute to Keenan's unique presence and talent, a warm and welcome voice in our ears for many years now, and many more to come.

If you're not familiar with the band, take a little while out of your day and watch these videos, we promise you you won't regret it.

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