RIP Gerhardt 'Jerry' Fuchs
November 8, 2009 2:39 PM   Subscribe

Gerhardt 'Jerry' Fuchs, drummer for the bands Maserati (video) and The Juan MacLean died last night of injuries sustained while trying to jump of a disabled elevator in Brooklyn following an event for The Uniform Project (previously).
posted by setanor (30 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Link to story about the incident. Fantastic obit post on Chunklet.
posted by setanor at 2:40 PM on November 8, 2009

posted by nitsuj at 2:51 PM on November 8, 2009

Oh fuck. I just saw this guy play a couple months back. Probably one of the best drummers I'd ever seen live.

posted by griphus at 2:53 PM on November 8, 2009

Don't forget !!!. I met Jerry a few times when I lived in Brooklyn. Always a sweet dude. He'll be missed.
posted by josher71 at 2:53 PM on November 8, 2009

And, before all of those other great bands, Turing Machine. I had the privilege of seeing them play several times when I lived in NYC in the early '00s, and I could just keep going back again and again because they, and he especially, were that amazing.

John Pugh from !!! described him as "a robot built by cavemen: It has extreme precision, while remaining primal and hairy." RIP, most awesome caveman robot. You'll be missed.

posted by The Michael The at 3:13 PM on November 8, 2009

Oh man, that's awful.

posted by spiderskull at 3:15 PM on November 8, 2009

posted by Smart Dalek at 3:15 PM on November 8, 2009

posted by Think_Long at 3:18 PM on November 8, 2009

This is terrible. Saw him with !!! and Juan Maclean. I believe he was slated to be in Holy Ghost's live band on their upcoming tours. Just a fucking amazing drummer.

One of the HG! guys on Jerry:

"This is the DFA/Goldsworthy way - you must suffer and work for your drums! Unless Jerry played drums. You never have to edit Jerry. I swear on my life, he is tighter than the clock on all the new MPCs. No Joke. Old MPCs - he's a close second. Best. Drummer. Ever."

posted by sparkletone at 3:22 PM on November 8, 2009

I wasn't familiar with his work, but as an avid fan of Chunklet and having read various obit posts around the net this morning, it definitely sounds like the music world lost some real talent,
posted by Bageena at 3:28 PM on November 8, 2009


(I have been in too many sketchy Williamsburg loft elevators to count. RIP Jerry.)
posted by R. Mutt at 3:30 PM on November 8, 2009

man, i just met this dude on Frenchman street the other night. The conversation, i suppose flatteringly enough, revolved around his inhumanly precise bass pedal work. Twas an honor.
posted by eustatic at 3:35 PM on November 8, 2009

ahhhh fuck.

posted by Lutoslawski at 3:51 PM on November 8, 2009

posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 4:13 PM on November 8, 2009

I had just seen them with Mono. It was one of the greatest shows I have been to. I didn't get a chance to say it then, but if you're listening, thanks for the amazing night.
posted by aftermarketradio at 4:15 PM on November 8, 2009

Huh. I may be too hard on the kids on the lawn - this sad obit has turned me on to some really good music.

"." but also "well played". And jumping out of an elevator into the dark is a mythic rock-n-roll end.
posted by freebird at 4:26 PM on November 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

posted by TooFewShoes at 5:05 PM on November 8, 2009

That's really too bad. Maserati is/was a great band.
posted by Bookhouse at 5:12 PM on November 8, 2009


Too sad. For all the promising musicians who die young, then, now, and future.
posted by mwhybark at 5:22 PM on November 8, 2009

that sucks. my friends always say that a good drummer is hard to find.

posted by msconduct at 5:40 PM on November 8, 2009

Gothamist's thin obit post with some additional details, and more gruesome facts on

posted by filthy light thief at 6:06 PM on November 8, 2009

I feel awful for this guy's death, and for needing this post to find out about his work.
posted by ardgedee at 6:20 PM on November 8, 2009


[Fuchs replaced] the original drummer in the Athens-based band Maserati. The first drummer, Mikel Gius, also died in a tragic accident in 2005 after being hit by a car while riding his bike.

A sad story, but it's hard not to notice the short life span of drummers in Maserati.

I liked !!! and Juan MacLean. RIP.
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:42 PM on November 8, 2009

RIP my brother.
posted by proof_nc at 8:47 PM on November 8, 2009

Holy Ghost's obit.
posted by sparkletone at 9:32 PM on November 8, 2009

Having been steeped in the Atlanta underground/indie scene for like 20 years, I heard about Maserati pretty early on, I guess 2000 or so, and I just didn't get it. But the truth is I probably heard one song (if that) and blew them off. And ever since then I've heard of Maserati shows and just ignored them. Which makes me an ass because everything I just listened to as a result of this post was really good. I'm getting more and more into that motorik sound these days.

Having myself just recently experienced the loss of a similarly amazing and loved friend* in the local music community, my heart goes out to all of his family and friends.

posted by intermod at 9:50 PM on November 8, 2009

I feel awful for this guy's death, and for needing this post to find out about his work.

Seconded. Especially as a drummer who tries hard to keep track of some of the more talented timekeepers out there ... not sure how he passed me by. Based on the strength of that video alone I picked up an album by Maserati called Passages, listening to it now and its epic epic epic.

I also second the notion that death by elevator shaft is a mythic rock and roll end. Sorry if that sounds disrespectufl.
posted by mannequito at 11:35 PM on November 8, 2009

Note: Mikel Gius was the first drummer of !!!. Not Maserati.
posted by josher71 at 4:48 AM on November 9, 2009

My heart is truly heavy and the brain is shocked, on so many levels. Not sure what to write here. Maserati is friends, and friends of friends of mine. Also steeped in ATL/Athens music. I just saw them/him play. And this happened just up the street from my apartment. But thanks for the heads up- I have some people to check in on.

Damn it. So close to home.
posted by functionequalsform at 9:04 AM on November 9, 2009

god damn that sucks. I love !!! and he was amazing to see perform. I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity.
posted by cbecker333 at 9:45 AM on November 9, 2009

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