I’ve made no secret that the band Meeko Brando is one of the biggest, best, and most exciting new bands I’ve heard in a very long time. I covered them as much as I could upon first hearing their EP Lemonade, Lemonade last year and have become talkative to a few of the great people in the band as well.

I was pretty startled and saddened to hear that Meeko Brando’s drummer Anthony Carbone suddenly passed away on May 11th. It seems that almost everybody in the Trenton music scene is pretty shocked by this very sudden loss. On a personal front I’ve never met Anthony and only know him through the music. While I have seen Meeko live, I never had a chance to sit down and tell him how much I loved his music.  It fills me with great sorrow that I never got that chance to do so.

There is a GoFundMe for Anthony set up by his family for funeral expenses. Should anyone want to give you can visit the page at: https://www.gofundme.com/5j7epbc – any money not used towards the funeral will be donated to City of Angels – you can learn more about this great organization at: http://www.cityofangelsnj.org .

Meeko Brando was scheduled to play Mill Hill Basement on Wednesday May 16th for Matty Ice’s 33rd Birthday Bash Spectacular but I’m pretty sure the band will not go on (I could be very wrong). Group Text (featuring Alpha Rabbit’s Jake Foy and Honah Lee’s Tony Goggles) will be playing along with Ray Strife (who has a new album dropping shortly). Matt has stated that any money made from the show will be donated to funeral expenses as well.

My thoughts are with the family, friends, the band, and anyone whoever knew and loved Anthony. I’ll leave with the words of Erik Stams, “A band without a secure, reliable, dynamic and expressive drummer is a band without strong foundations. In other words, a band without a backbone. And where would any of us be we be without a backbone? Think about it.”

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