This week’s Gossip Wolf has the scoop on the 50th release from Chicago-via-Michigan label Already Dead—it’s a sampler called Dead. Joshua Tabbia launched Already Dead in 2010, and with the help of a growing team has put together an impressive and eclectic catalog. The label recently dropped a number of interesting cassettes, and one in particular piqued my interest: No Monster Club’s Posthumous Hits.
The tape is billed as a collection of recordings “discovered” after the unexpected and untimely passing of Bobby Aherne, 24-year-old front man of Dublin garage-pop trio No Monster Club. I got sucked into the group’s hooky tunes and grew more and more intrigued by the mysterious circumstances of Aherne’s passing—or rather, the lack of any information about it. My curiosity led me through a string of morbid Google searches, but I found nothing.
I went straight to Tabbia to find out more about Posthumous Hits, and it turns out the “posthumous” part is a bit misleading. “It’s like this weird thing, he’s not actually dead,” Tabbia says.