Bryan St. Pere, drummer for the alternative rock band Hum, is dead at 52 

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    Bryan St. Pere, who played drums for the alternative rock band Hum, has died at age 52.

    The percussionist’s death was announced Thursday in a statement from his band members Jeff Deimpsy, Matt Talbott and Tim Lash that was shared to social media. 

    ‘It is with very heavy hearts and tear filled eyes that we share the news that our beloved friend and bandmate, Bryan St. Pere, has passed away,’ the surviving members wrote. 

    Going silent: Bryan St. Pere, drummer for the alternative rock band Hum, has died at age 52, the band announced Thursday in a social media statement

    Going silent: Bryan St. Pere, drummer for the alternative rock band Hum, has died at age 52, the band announced Thursday in a social media statement

    ‘We are devastated and deeply saddened by his sudden, and unexpected passing. Bryan was a dear friend, a loving father, brother, and was an incredible person and musician,’ they continued. ‘We all feel extremely lucky to have shared time and space with him.’

    ‘Peace and love to all who knew Bryan, and those he touched. We will miss him dearly,’ they concluded the announcement.

    Pere’s cause of death hasn’t yet been revealed.

    Hum came into existence in Illinois in 1989 with founders Talbott and original drummer Jeff Kropp, but St. Pere took over the drum kit when Kropp exited the group a year later. 

    In 2018, St. Pere shared his origin story with the Trap Set podcast, attributing Rush drummer Neil Pert with making him want to play the drums. He claimed that he even started using Pert Plus shampoo as a kid because of his devotion to the late rocker.

    Sorrow:'We are devastated and deeply saddened by his sudden, and unexpected passing. Bryan was a dear friend, a loving father, brother, and was an incredible person and musician,' the band wrote; seen in 2016

    Sorrow: ‘We are devastated and deeply saddened by his sudden, and unexpected passing. Bryan was a dear friend, a loving father, brother, and was an incredible person and musician,’ the band wrote; seen in 2016

    Hum released their debut album, Fillet Show, in 1991.

    Before the release of its follow-up, 1993’s Electra 2000, Lash and Dimpsey joined to flesh out the band.

    Hum’s most lasting commercial success came with its 1995 single Stars, from their album You’d Prefer An Astronaut.

    It was their highest charting song ever, reaching number 11 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 28 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

    After a somber and reserved introduction, the song features pummeling, fuzzed-out guitars and aggressive yet reserved drumming from St. Pere.

    Stars was later featured in a Cadillac commercial, which may have accounted for its enduring popularity among the band’s catalogue.

    Rising stars: Hum released their debut album, Fillet Show, in 1991. There 1995 single Stars became a modest rock hit and was used in a Cadillac commercial

    Rising stars: Hum released their debut album, Fillet Show, in 1991. There 1995 single Stars became a modest rock hit and was used in a Cadillac commercial

    Going solo: After releasing Downward Is Heavenward in 1998, the group split up, and St. Pere adapted with a new career in the healthcare industry

    Going solo: After releasing Downward Is Heavenward in 1998, the group split up, and St. Pere adapted with a new career in the healthcare industry 

    After releasing Downward Is Heavenward in 1998, the group split up, and St. Pere adapted with a new career in the healthcare industry.

    However, he kept up with drumming, joining the Indiana-based band Amblare and working with Steakdaddy Six and Castor.

    He didn’t immediately join the band for a 2015 reunion tour, but St. Pere was back in the fold to record the group’s 2020 album Inlet, which Metacritic describes as having nearly universal acclaim from surveyed reviews.

    ‘We’re kind of an uptight band. We don’t go into the studio to drink beers, and record rock and then leave,’ the drummer explained on the Crash Bang Boom Drumming Podcast in 2020. ‘We’re a little bit meticulous, and me, I tend to overthink things.

    ‘We put a lot of pressures on ourselves to not suck,’ he joked.

    Back on top one last time: Last year, St. Pere and the reunited Hum released their comeback album Inlet, which was praised by critics

    Back on top one last time: Last year, St. Pere and the reunited Hum released their comeback album Inlet, which was praised by critics

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