Richard Grey Liston

Smash Bandits Drummer Dies In Fall

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The drummer and founder of popular ska band the Smash Bandits has died after a fall in a Washington mountain range.

Richard Grey Liston, 28, of Portland, Oregan, fell while climbing on Saturday morning on Mount Olympus – the highest peak in the Olympic National Park.

Despite immediate rescue attempts by other climbers, including a paramedic, the drummer was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Peninsula Daily News.

The news site said he landed among rocks and glacier ice.

The fall happened at around 7.45am on Saturday, on the eastern face of the Mount Olympus – the highest and most prominent peak in the range, reaching 7,980 feet.

His body was recovered by Mountain Rangers and airlifted off at about 8pm, according to the news site; the operation was ‘complicated’ by snow it said.

The cause of the fall was still unknown, according to Barb Maynes, spokeswoman for Olympic National Park, quoted in

News of the 28-year-old’s death has shocked fans of the popular seven-piece ska-punk band.

A post on the band’s Facebook page pays respect to Grey Liston, who is described as an ‘absolute inspiration’.

Posted together with a picture of Grey drumming, the message says: ‘He gave his life to something he loved to do, and that’s just the kind of guy Grey was.’

It goes on to say that he started the band over a year ago, despite people questioning what ska music was.

‘You knew what kind of band you wanted to be a part of, and you did everything in your power to make that happen, just like everything else in your life.

‘When you wanted something, you gave your life to making it happen. And you wouldn’t stop until it became so,’ the Facebook message says.

The post is followed by scores of replies from fans sharing their condolences and sadness.






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One Response to Smash Bandits Drummer Dies In Fall

  1. Danielle says:

    about him when I heard, while on the road in Michigan, that he had died. I had no clue that he was so close to passing, and so the news was a srroowful shock to me. (Some of what I write here is thematically interwoven, and will be, with what I write for the group of essays.)It’s a real task to, in any number of words, cover the vast and deep econoospheric life region that was and is Peter Berg. A book or 2 could, and may well be, written just on the subject of his seminal role in the development of the 60 s counterculture, and his great talents as an activist performer and social innovator, as with the Diggers, where he and his wild crew of coyotes, more than one a Peter, characteristically went for the radix elemental of freedoms: personal, political, economic: free everything dispensed as performance piece of great and funny seriousness, real stuff dispensed for the benefit of living beings.When and where the ecological thunderbolt hit him I don’t know, or maybe it was there all along, but his relentless primal drive powered by his mind nonpareil to the live foundations of palpable truths sent him into the mostly untrammeled by humans of neo-european origins or those associated by appurtenances of modern civilization realm of the pioneers of functional ecocentrism. Here he discerned and divined the numinous vajra of how and indeed why the Earth physically delineates its body ecosphere, the bioregions, and how, from right out of the nature of bioregions, comes a new and ancient way of life for our species, of a whole cloth, all-encompassing, depthless, specific, palpable truth pervasive, something way beyond theory but, and necessarily so, applicable and capable of being implemented in all the appurtenances of ecological design: reinhabitation and its greenprints.The bioregional revelation can, and has from my own experience, fully and ecstatically possess mind body soul, and I believe it did for Peter from the first transmission of who knows when to his last breath. I believe his divination of bioregionalism’s ecstatic nature played fully into his original passion and performance of the arts of freedom and gave it vibrant ground and source.To me he abides on a very short list of the original ecocentrics who, some passed and some still with us, translated not just the idea but the ecological decentralist roadmap to implementation of a way for the humans to stay here on the planet, and taught it brilliantly through all manner of performance, on stage, lectern, written word, and pulling up the concrete on the streets of San Francisco to plant native trees and the seeds of green cities.It was of the greatest of honors to have worked with him in the bioregional movement, though it was not at times easy, and why should it have been? Peter was indeed a force of nature. With all that implies. Just like his bioregional vision. One of Turtle Island’s Holy Coyotes. Goodbye Peter, and thank you beyond all measure for what you did and what you left with us.delh

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