Surfer Blood Guitarist Thomas Fekete Has Died

Local support for Fekete has been overwhelming.
Local support for Fekete has been overwhelming.
Courtesy of Zane Roessell /

Thomas Fekete, the guitarist of West Palm Beach-based band Surfer Blood, has died.  His wife Jessica announced his death on a GoFundMe page that had been set up to help with costs related to his treatment for cancer. 

Jessica wrote: 

Our sweet Thomas passed on last night, peacefully in his sleep, holding my hand. With one last sigh, he let go of the burden of pain and suffering that he has been bravely carrying for so long. I am full of comfort knowing that he is now free, and long for the day I get to be with him again.

May we all carry on Thomas' legacy by being the very best versions of ourselves for the rest of our days, and do as much as we can to help others in his honor. If we can strive to be half the person Thomas was, this world will be a better place.

Surfer Blood is an indie-rock group that formed under the name TV Club before switching its name. The band rose to national prominence six or seven years ago, earning praise from critics on Pitchfork, touring the world, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and making South Florida proud. 

New Times writer, the late Alex Rendon, wrote that Surfer Blood "sounds like it's socking Brian Wilson over the head with a distortion pedal, spewing pleasant harmonies imbued with scuzzy guitars and boundless white noise... [a] blissful concoction of lo-fi post-punk and surf rock." 

Here's a link to New Times' extensive coverage of the band over the years. 

Fekete found out in April 2015 that he had a rare form of cancer and traveled to Mexico for treatments. He continued to record on his own, most recently releasing a limited-edition cassette tape. 

Surfer Blood posted on its website today:

"I love you Thom. Thank you for convincing me to leave Florida to play shows, and for playing music with me for six years. I've never met anyone like you and I know I never will again. I don't know where or who I would be without you, and I know I'll miss you everyday."

Jessica wrote that there would be a celebration of life for Fekete in July: 

I plan to host a celebration of his life here on the beach in South Florida, the first weekend of July, just after his birthday on 1st. I will share specific details as soon as possible. I invite anyone who holds Thomas in their hearts to please join me in celebrating him.

It was an absolute privilege to stand next to Thomas and face this monster head on. Even as his body failed him, his mind and spirit soldiered on. Never was there a day that we weren't filled with hope. Never was there a day that he even considered throwing in the towel. He was the kind hearted, funny, fearless, magnetic beam of light you all knew him to be up until his very last breath.

Thomas John Fekete, I love you and live for you. Nothing will make me more proud than being able to call myself your wife.

Now, my beautiful angel, go find Bowie and jam.

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