Dead Revolt Bassist Spencer Golvach Killed In Late-Night Shooting

An early photo of The Dead Revolt, circa late 2010
An early photo of The Dead Revolt, circa late 2010
Photo courtesy of The Dead Revolt

Spencer Golvach, bassist for proggy Houston post-hardcore trio The Dead Revolt, was killed early Saturday morning, part of what police told KHOU they believe was a drive-by shooting rampage that also claimed one other victim. The suspect in the deaths was then killed by a Harris County sheriff's deputy about an hour after Golvach was shot in his truck while waiting at a traffic light, the report added.

"Please remember him for his incredible musicianship, his enthusiastic passion for music, his generosity and his unique level of kindness," the surviving members of the band posted on Facebook Sunday afternoon. "I will be posting funeral information soon and anyone that is a friend or anyone that was impacted by his music is more than welcome to come support and pay respect to Spencer.

"He loved music, his friends and his family, so if you get the chance, honor him today by listening to or playing music and truly embracing and appreciating your loved ones," they added.

Golvach also owned Spencer's Guitar Shop in Cypress, which he took over about three years ago. Introducing himself on the store's Google Plus page, he said his goal was to "always carry guitars of the highest quality with the lowest price, with a focus on beginner and intermediate-level guitars." Although his shop stocked several of the leading guitar brands including Fender, Gibson and Epiphone, he also graciously recommended people looking for higher-end instruments look elsewhere.

One customer, a David F. Morgan Jr., expressed his gratitude at what he said was Golvach's exceptional customer service.

"Spencer went above and beyond putting my daughter's Strat together," he said on the store's Facebook page. Looks and plays great!"

Back on the Dead Revolt's Facebook page, fans expressed a mixture of shock and dismay at the news.

"We loved loved Spencer," said one. "Our whole family. Such a kind, generous, loving, caring young man. Our hearts are sickened and saddened."

"He truly was a very kind and considerate person," added another. "This is unbelievable."

Comprised of Golvach; his drummer and younger brother Dylan; and guitarist/singer George Baba, the Dead Revolt told Houston's Space City Rock in December 2011 that they began playing in late 2009, an outgrowth of Baba and Spencer's previous band, VOID. The Dead Revolt came about when, said Baba, "one day his little brother just came in while we were jamming and jumped on the drum set."

Sometimes likened to the Mars Volta or Coheed and Cambria, the band had recently released its third recording since 2011 debut Vanixer, the full-length Psychedelic Wasteland. Last week it received a rave review by the Web site The Equal Ground.

"Perhaps the most welcomed aspect of Psychedelic Wasteland is the very thing it lacks: lengthy ambient (filler, boring, unnecessary, etc.) passages," wrote author Kevin Sterne. "And even without the studio wizardry, The Dead Revolt has still crafted a concept album with the complexity to warrant many listens, proving that pretension doesn't necessarily mean innovation, and also that Texas might be home to the scene's next big thing."

Such praise indicated how far The Dead Revolt had come in a few years, a time span that also included 2012 EP A Night of Nostalgia. Song titles on that release include "Delusions of Grandeur" and "Lost In the Vaults of Time."

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"For the first six or seven months we jammed together, we had no name nor did we worry about what we should call ourselves," Baba told Rocks Off in December 2010. "The idea of a name only really came up when we decided to play live."

"I think people like the unedited sound we have," the band told us in a group interview about three weeks previous. "We don't decide how long our songs are based upon anything, we have lots of ideas and we mold a song to what we think it should be."

"At the end of the day, we usually are not satisfied with a piece until we all are," Spencer told Space City Rock in that 2011 interview. "Dylan swings to the intense side of the music, George the moderate, and I would be the mellow. It makes Dylan and I musical enemies sometimes, but as I said, I think we are always happy with the end result."

Funeral arrangements are pending. The Dead Revolt plan to continue playing to honor Spencer's memory, they told KHOU.

The Dead Revolt's music is available to stream on Bandcamp:


A Night of Nostalgia

Psychedelic Wasteland

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