(Wyoming) — Wyoming’s punk rock scene has suffered a heavy loss, as Teenage Bottlerocket drummer Brandon Carlisle passed away after being found in a coma early this week.
Carlisle was a mainstay of the Wyoming punk scene for over a decade and lived part of his life in Casper and Laramie. Carlisle was found in a coma early this week and put on life support.
A Gofundme page set up by bandmates raised over $35,000 for medical costs, with contributions from around 970 people over two days.
“It is with the heaviest hearts that we have to report our beloved drummer Brandon didn’t make it. The doctors did everything they could to save him, but the MRI showed he is no longer with us. His family and loved ones are with him as they prepare to take him off life support and let him gently move on,” bandmates wrote on the page today.
Twin brother Ray Carlisle, also a member of Teenage Bottlerocket, wrote this on his Facebook page:
“Brandon and I never gave up on our punk rock dreams. We tackled those dreams. We lived those dreams with Slim Whitman, Miguel Chen, Corey Durward Nesbittand (and) Clint Carlin. We rocked the world. I’m still at a loss. We lost a sweet soul. I lost my best friend. The world lost one of the most gifted drummers.”
Money raised on the Gofundme page will go to help Carlisle’s family with medical costs and funeral expenses, according to the page.
Watch Teenage Bottlerocket perform “Headbanger.” (Note: adult lyrics)