As reported in this Wednesday's WW: Sean Roberts, bassist and vocalist for well-loved '90s Portland rock trio Thirty Ought Six, died June 8 at his parents' home in Alexandria, Va., according to friends and family members on Facebook. The details of Roberts' death have not been disclosed. Thirty Ought Six broke up in 1996 after playing dates on the Lollapalooza tour. The band played with punk energy without sacrificing melody or lyricism. 30.06 released albums on Portland's Candyass label and on Mute Records.
"First time I saw Thirty Ought Six play was at Lollapalloza at the Gorge in 1996 and I was blown away by their performance, but also by how nice Sean was to all of us hanging out backstage. Sean's other band, Umberhulk, I had the honor of playing shows with in the band I was in, Fuckpriest Fantastic, and we ended up becoming friends over the years. In his bands he sang from the heart and with passion and in hanging out he was the same way. A true rock star but also a great person. He surely will be missed."
âTrevor Solomon, MusicfestNW
"We shared a lot of bills with Thirty Ought Six, back in the day. Sean was always a kind, funny, intense, energetic and very heartfelt kind of person. I'm sad to hear of his passing, and I hope that his spirit has found peace."
âPete Krebs, Hazel
"My first memory of 30-06 was perhaps my strongest. I was in Olympia, interviewing Negativland for Raygun Mag. The K publicist said âhey, thereâs a show on at the Capital Theatre tonight, wanna come with?â I hadnât heard of any of the bands, didnât know their names in advance. When I walked into the back entrance, I had a clear view of the stage, and immediately, it was like tunnel vision. I just stood there, frozen. Never beforeâor sinceâhad a band so completely captivated me so quickly, raised me from zero to urgent so quickly. I remember sweat, and mayhem, and so, so much passion. Their singular, yet collective embodiment of the music kept me completely entranced their entire set. Afterwards, well, I donât remember what I said to them, but I definitely remember what I felt. I made it my mission to tell everyone I thought would âgetâ it, to write about them in every magazine I could, to make shows happen for them in Vancouver just so I could see them again and again. Their shows were some of my favorites. After 15 years of covering music, they remain in my top five bands of all time, and top three live bands ever."
âDenise Sheppard, music journalist (Rolling Stone, Details, Raygun)
A live version of "Talon" from New York City in 1994.
The adorable video for "Huck," the band's first single.
The excellent "Adamantine" video.