Aug 022010

Just after 5:30 a.m. this morning (Monday), Makh Daniels, the vocalist of Early Graves, lost his life in a highway accident as the members of Early Graves and The Funeral Pyre were driving from Eugene, Oregon, to their next tour stop in Reno. You can read the details in the story after the jump.

I don’t know what to say. I didn’t know Makh Daniels, but I feel ridiculously depressed. I wrote about Early Graves’ music here, and about The Funeral Pyre here. I meant to see both of them when they played Seattle over the weekend, but found myself out of town.

So all I really know about Makh Daniels is the music that he helped to make, and the fact that he was young and talented. I don’t really know, but I would guess that the survivors of this accident from Early Graves and The Funeral Pyre are in rotten shape emotionally, and based on the news story after the jump, some of them were physically injured too.

I don’t think there’s any value in trying to draw lessons from this, because there is no lesson. Pointless deaths happen every day, and there is no rhyme or reason. They are all tragic. They are all fucked up. They are all part of life. Doesn’t make it any easier. Not even a little bit.

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A van carrying nine members of two California-based “death metal” bands lost control and crashed on Interstate 5 in Central Point when the driver fell asleep, killing one band’s vocalist and injuring two others just after 5:30 AM Monday.

Oregon State Police say the van, pulling a trailer, was carrying members of two death metal bands to California when it crashed in the southbound lane between the Central Point and Blackwell Road exits. OSP reported the band had just played an outdoor concert in Eugene on Sunday.

Survivors of the crash told KTVL that the van was transporting the two bands Early Graves, of San Francisco, and The Funeral Pyre, of La Habra, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb. The Funeral Pyre’s MySpace page described their music as “melodic black/death metal.”

OSP reports that the van’s driver, Justin H. Garcia, 24, Fresno, Calif., reportedly fell asleep and lost control of the van. Early Graves vocalist Makh (Matikeef) P. Daniels, 28, from Pacifica, Calif., was ejected from a rear cargo area where he and two others were resting. Daniels was pronounced dead at the scene by responding medics.

Garcia, a guitarist for The Funeral Pyre, and passenger Tyler S. Jensen, 21, from Livermore, Calif., (guitarist for Early Graves) were transported by ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Jensen was in the cargo area with Daniels and a third uninjured passenger identified as John S. Strachan, 26, from Long Beach, Calif., a member of The Funeral Pyre.

The other van occupants were identified as Matthew J. O’Brien, 28, from San Francisco (Early Graves); Daniel P. Sheddon, 27, from San Francisco (Early Graves); Christopher M. Brock, 23, from San Ramon, Calif. (Early Graves); Adam T. Campbell, 27, from Brae, Calif., (Funeral Pyre); Alex Hernandez, 27, city unavailable (Funeral Pyre).

  3 Responses to “MAKH DANIELS”

  1. This is insanely tragic.
    I just talked to a friend of mine who played with them last night in Eugene, and he said that Mahk was one of the coolest dudes he’s ever met.
    Fuck. What a tragedy.
    I have no idea what they’re going through…few people do.
    My heart and Arkhum’s heart goes out to the families and bands involved.

  2. The current issue of DECIBLE magazine includes a 4-page article called “Streetwise San Francisco” by Cosmo Lee describing a tour of that city that people from five bands — including Makh — gave Cosmo. On July 16, Cosmo also wrote a review of “Goner”, which is here:

    The review includes this:

    “This is all fine, but a lot of bands these days can apply the hurt. Daniels is Early Graves’ trump card. He’s the poet laureate of the gutter. His tour diaries are some of the finest road writing around. In “Faith Is Shit”, a religious friend tries to convert him. He says,

    You said that you could be saved if you let him in your heart
    I shrugged and said I could never tell heaven and hell apart
    You asked what happens at the end of our life
    I said hell is a hangover and heaven is an endless black night

    He also sounds like he is about to kill. Intransitive verb, no object necessary. It could be you, me, Daniels himself, doesn’t matter. For how much he says it, Daniels isn’t giving up. His howl is too pure. His craft is too honed. This life does have a pursuit: death. Early Graves, indeed.”

  3. Anyone wishing to attend Makh’s Memorial Service is encouraged to do so. He knows we Love and Miss him.

    Memorial Service for Makh Daniels: Monday August 9th @ 2-5pm. Location: Good Shepard Funeral Home/ 901 Oceana Blvd Pacifica, California. Please bring a food item along w/ you… and please re-post this information so others may attend to pay their respects.

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