By Gregory Adams
Tim Wright, the founding bassist for Cleveland-area avant garde rock group Pere Ubu, died over the weekend of unspecified causes. The musician’s passing was announced earlier today (August 6) through former bandmate David Thomas’s Facebook.
“Tim Wright died Sunday, August 4 2013,” Thomas wrote, adding that he heard the news through Wright’s longtime partner Mary Ann Livchak. “He was an original member of Pere Ubu and later a contributor to the No Wave scene of New York City.”
Pere Ubu began in 1975, with Wright joining up with former Rocket from the Tombs members Thomas and Peter Laughner, as well as keyboardist Allen Ravenstine, guitarist Tom Herman and drummer Scott Krauss. Pere Ubu’s debut single “30 Seconds Over Tokyo”/”Heart of Darkness” was issued later that year. Wright left the group in 1978, before the band issued their debut LP The Modern Dance.
After his departure from Pere Ubu, Wright moved to New York and joined Arto Lindsay’s No Wave project DNA, playing with the act until it folded in 1982. After DNA, Wright composed material for Mission of Burma, Peter Murphy and Living Colour and worked in the studio with Dio and the Dixie Chicks, among other accomplishments. Wright also recorded solo LPs, with the last being 2008’s Behind Your Back Door.