Sad news in the Bay Area punk scene today: Tony Sly, the singer and guitarist for San Jose pop-punk outfit No Use For a Name, passed away this morning, according to his record label, S.F.'s Fat Wreck Chords. Sly was only 41.
"One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon," wrote label head and NOFX frontman Fat Mike. "Tony, you will be greatly missed."
The cause of Sly's death was not immediately clear.
Sly founded No Use for a Name in the South Bay suburb of Sunnyvale in 1987 with guitarist Chris Dodge, drummer Rory Koff, and bassist Steve Papoutsis. The band's first 7-inch single was released by the seminal Bay Area punk magazine Maximum Rocknroll; subsequent albums were released by Fat Wreck Chords. After numerous lineup changes, Sly and Koff remained the band's only original members. Sly had pursued a solo career in recent years, releasing a joint acoustic album (entitled Acoustic) with Lagwagon member Joey Cape, and a solo album, Sad Bear in 2011. In June of this year, Fat Wreck released Acoustic, Vol. 2, the follow-up to Sly's earlier release with Cape. No Use For a Name's latest album was 2008's The Feel Good Record of the Year. "We have lost an incredible talent, friend, and father - one of the true greats," the singer's label wrote. ----
Bye my friend— Mike Burkett (@FatMike_of_NOFX) August 1, 2012