Just days after losing their frontman in a deadly rollover accident in Oregon, the members of Early Graves have now broken their silence about Makh Daniels’ passing. The band has issued a statement on Makh’s death and its heart-wrenching.
“There are no words that can properly say all the things that I want to say about our friend Makh Daniels. He is one of the most amazing writers I have ever known. He is incredibly funny,” the statement reads. “He is wise beyond his years. He is the most honest person you could ask for as a friend or a band mate. I had the pleasure to be in two bands with Makh and they were some of the best years of my life thus far.
“Sadly, Makh Daniels was taken from all of us. He wrote a lyric in an Early Graves song ‘To everyone that I’ve ever loved, I’ve Failed’ but if there is anything that I could tell him is how proud I was of him and how much I loved him and how much his friendship meant to me. We were all like brothers,” the band’s statement continues. “I know that there was a lot of people out there who were also deeply affected by this wonderful man, Makh Daniels and I cannot tell you how much he loved music and performing and how much he wanted to affect and help people get through their demons in life.”
Early Graves then thanked the fans for their support. “You guys are helping all of us get through this horrible time. We are nothing without each other right now and you guys are helping so much. But we’ve seen the whole community of metal and punk and hardcore musicians and fans join together in this trying time and I want to say how much it means to us and his family.”
Makh’s funeral is planned for August 9 at the Good Shepards Church in Pacifica, Calif. There will also be a second memorial show on August 29 “at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. The address is 155 Fell Street. This was where Makh worked and he would want us all there drinking Jameson shots and Sierra Nevada pale ale for him, with him. We will be selling memorial shirts for Makh with all proceeds going to his family to get him through this tough time.”
Unearth’s Trevor Phipps also checked in with a statement. His label released the Early Graves records. “The tragic death of Makh Daniels has shaken us at Ironclad completely to the core. Within the label we pride ourselves on our personal relationships and family-like atmosphere and the loss of Makh is the untimely and devastating loss of a friend. I personally knew Makh as a man of incredible passion. You could read it in his ferocious yet challenging lyrics and see it in his undying heartfelt stage performance. Whether he was playing in front of seven or 700 people he would always perform with the same intensity and genuine emotion. He continuously showed his love for his words, music, friends and anyone who was lucky enough to be in the room with him while he performed. His life was cut far too short and he will be sorely missed by his family, brothers in Early Graves, friends around the country, and all those that he touched with his lyrical and performance command.”
R.I.P. Makh. You will be missed and are missed.
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