Published on August 1st, 2012 | by RMX0
Bill Doss who Founded Olivia Tremor Control has died at the Age of 43
The death of Bill Doss has been announced. He was the founder of Olivia Tremor Control and passed away at 43 years of age. At the moment we do not know what the cause of death was. The Athens, Georgia, psych-pop act was a major fixture in the music industry and it is going to be a great loss for them. The band’s official website confirmed the sad news. They said that they are devastated by the loss of their brother Bill Doss. Understandably they were lost for words but perhaps more light will be shed on the death in the coming days.
Who is Bill Doss?
He was the co-founder for the group Olivia Tremor Control. His childhood friends Jeff Magnum and W. Cullen Hart helped him form the group in the early 1990s. In the event Magnum left the band and formed Neutral Milk Hotel. This was a key part of the Athens scene in much the same way as his previous band had dominated the genre. The Elephant 6 phenomena were a wonder for all those who witnessed it. In fact Olivia Tremor Control released two albums which were critically acclaimed. The first was ‘Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle’ which came out in 1996. Later on they released ‘Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One’ in 1999.
In 2000 the band split up. Bill Doss managed to release two albums with his new band. ‘Sunshine Fix’ was his new pet project. However he later joined Apples in Stereo, a fellow Elephant 6 group. By 2005 Olivia Tremor Control had reunited with a handful of shows. They continued their tours several years later. It was only last week that they played at the Georgia Theater in their hometown. This was on the 26th of July. In 2011 the band released their first single in a decade. They had been discussing the possibility of a new album. Hart was quoted in 2009 saying that they have two songs for their next record and that they were on Bill’s hard drive.
A poignant end
The Athens-Clarke County coroner Sonny Wilson confirmed the death of Bill Doss who resided at 255 Best Drive in Athens. At the moment investigations are ongoing and the coroner could not provide further official details about the case. However no evidence of foul play has been attributed to the death. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation State Crime Lab in Atlanta performed the autopsy.