Seth Gibbs was a man I greatly admired. He was amazing! The world lost him to cancer over the weekend. He was 36. I am still trying to process this.
In 2004 Seth had his album “Going Nuts” available on his website as a free download on thebrothermachine.com which is sadly no longer a thing. I had a strong, inexplicable urge to hear the album on Friday at the day job, and was thinking about reaching out to Seth to see about covering the song “All the Time” from this album. I heard the news on Saturday morning and was dumbfounded.
“Going Nuts” appears to have almost entirely disappeared from the internet outside of a track listing I found. Thankfully, I still have my mp3s of the album along with a CD copy that Seth burned off for me when I asked if I could buy a copy at Songfight Live in Austin in 2004. I was fortunate enough to join Seth onstage for his set as the bass player at that event. It was not planned. I stayed up there mostly because no one else beat me to it.
Seth was in several Austin bands. Outside of Brother Machine, he was also in Bobby Jealousy, and the Archibalds among others. I have been scrambling to find as much of Seth's material as I can, and I imagine I am not alone. The good news - I have it on good authority that there are plans to release a lot of Seth's "lost" songs. That is something to look forward to in the coming months, and possibly years.
This is a song that I wrote and recorded about Seth mostly on Saturday called “Rare”. It seems like writing and recording a song is the very least I can do to pay tribute to a man who seemed like the living manifestation of music itself.