Primitive Race, the Los Angeles based musical collective have issued a statement on the passing of their band mate Chuck Mosley. Mosley, who fronted Faith No More between 1984 and 1988 and appeared on the group's debut album 'We Care A Lot' and its follow up 'Introduce Yourself', passed away on 9th November 2017, from a suspected drug overdose.
Chuck had been working with Primitive Race since earlier this year, and appeared on their just released second album 'Soul Pretender'. The band's full statement can be read below.
Primitive Race Statement:
We are deeply heartbroken by the loss of our friend and band mate, Chuck Mosley. Chuck had a vibrant free spirit. He was also a sensitive, kind and loving soul. He wanted to be everything to everyone; a good partner to Pip, a good father to his children and grandson, a loyal friend, an accomplished chef, an entertaining performer and so much more. Chuck was funny, witty, charismatic and charming in a way that was only Chuck. His art and legacy will be with us all forever; he was truly one of a kind.
On November 3rd, Chuck, Mark, Erie and I were celebrating the release of an album Chuck held very dear. Less than a week later, he was no longer with us. Over the past few days, we have spent a great deal of time contemplating the best way to honour our friend. At Pip and Doug Esper’s urging, Mark, Erie and I will continue to support the album that Chuck was so proud of. The three of us will donate any proceeds earned from album sales throughout our release cycle in 2018 to MusiCares, a not-for-profit charity, in Chuck’s name. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.
Mark, Erie and I wish to express our deepest condolences to his soulmate Pip Logan, their children Erica and Sophie, Grandson Wolfgang and dearest friend, Doug Esper. Unfortunately, Chuck’s premature demise left his family without the means to send him off properly and move into their next phase of life. Your gesture of a donation to help with his final expenses would be greatly appreciated: gofundme.com/chuckmosley
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Rest In Peace, Chuck.
Chris Kniker, Mark Gemini Thwaite and Erie Loch
In 2016, eonmusic spoke exclusively to Faith No More bass player Billy Gould, who was promoting the re-release of their 1985 debut 'We Care A Lot', which featured Mosley at the helm. Said Gould about the album; "I just think about this really cool record that a lot of people don’t know about that hasn’t been out in twenty years. I’m just really happy that we’re putting it out ourselves the way we want it to be".
He continued; "It was a different world back then, and we were different people back then. We even had a different singer, and a different guitar player, and people don’t realise that this band goes back a long way. I didn’t even realise until I heard the music, it was like; “oh my god, I forgot we were like that too!”
Read our full interview with Billy Gould here.
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