Santa Cruz, California-based progressive hardcore/death metal band ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS has issued the following statement:
"We can't describe the pain and sorrow that we all are feeling right now. Last night/early this morning [Friday, November 30] our bassist, Pat Mason, passed away.
"Pat was an amazing person and brother to all of us. It was his 21st birthday and we all got to see him at band practice. He then proceeded to go out to the bars. He went to sleep at a friend's house.
"We don't know the full details but when friends tried to wake him up this morning he didn't wake up.
"We could never trade him for the world and could never replace him. We will always love him and will always be in our hearts.
"We are going to continue with the band because that is what Pat would have wanted. There will be a donation account set up soon for his family and possibly a local benefit show as well.
"Thanks for everyone for the support that the band has since the beginning. We love you all and Pat loves you all as well."
ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS released its debut offering, "Hits From The Bow", on Process Records in 2006. They went on to tour the U.S. and shared the stage with bands such as THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, THE NUMBER 12 LOOKS LIKE YOU, ED GEIN and HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW. The group previously described itself as "the derailment of a gay train on its way to straight town."
After signing with Century Media Records, ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS released a new record, "The Game of Life", which was recorded with Zack Ohren of Castle Ultimate (ANIMOSITY, LIGHT THIS CITY).
For audio samples, visit the band's MySpace page.
Watch fan-filmed video footage of ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS performing on November 18, 2007 at the So-Cal Deathfest at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, California: