Devo drummer Alan Myers has passed away following a battle with cancer.
Devo de-constructed rock music. Peeling apart riffs, chopping up lyrics, perhaps their greatest legacy is the way the band approached rhythm. Crafting a unique, itchy sense of funk, Devo helped to inspire post-punk before turning towards a skewed vision of synthesised pop.
At the heart of all this was drummer Alan Myers, who has sadly died after suffering from cancer. Joining the band in 1976, the drummer played on the band's 1978 debut album 'Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo', 1979's 'Duty Now for the Future', 1980's 'Freedom of Choice', 1981's 'New Traditionalists', 1982's 'Oh, No! It's Devo' and 1984's 'Shout'. (via Slicing Up Eyeballs and Pitchfork)
Along the way, Devo began incorporating electronic instruments and processed beats - a decision which led to Alan Myers' departure. Later entering the construction industry, the drummer remained musically active until recently.
Sadly passing away, Devo were quick to pay tribute to the drummer.
Gerard Castale: "In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!! I begged him not to quit Devo. He could not tolerate being replaced by the Fairlight and autocratic machine music. I agreed. Alan, you were the best – a human metronome and then some. A once in a lifetime find thanks to Bob Mothersbaugh. U were born to drum Devo!"
Here's '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'.