David Roback—the producer and multi-instrumentalist who co-founded Mazzy Star alongside Hope Sandoval—has died, in keeping with a consultant for the band. A key determine within the Los Angeles Paisley Underground scene of neo-psychedelia within the 1980s, Roback additionally performed in bands corresponding to Rain Parade and Opal. He was 61 years outdated. The reason for loss of life has but to be introduced.
After co-founding Rain Parade and releasing one album with the band, Roback departed the group, citing a way of limitations within the band. He hung out in Berkeley and New York earlier than founding Opal with Dream Syndicate bassist Kendra Smith within the mid-1980s. After Smith departed the band in the course of a tour the place Opal have been supporting The Jesus & Mary Chain, Hope Sandoval was tapped as her alternative. Roback and Sandoval would later kind Mazzy Star.
The primary album from Mazzy Star, She Hangs Brightly, was launched in 1990. The follow-up, 1993’s So Tonight That I Would possibly See, featured what can be the band’s largest hit, “Fade Into You.”Along with producing their albums, Roback additionally co-wrote all of Mazzy Star’s songs alongside Sandoval, together with 2013’s Seasons of Your Day, their fourth full-length album and first in 17 years. The band’s remaining launch, the Nonetheless EP, was issued in 2018.