Vancouver’s Todd Simko R.I.P.

 

Was a core member of ‘90s
alt-rockers Pure as well as an in-demand producer.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Sad news out of Vancouver
yesterday
: guitarist/producer Simko, passed away on April 25, from
as-yet-undisclosed causes. Simko came to fame during the early ‘90s alt-rock
explosion as axeman for Pure, a Reprise Records act that notched several hit
singles (among them “Greedy” and “Blast”). They split up in 2000 and Simko went
on to work with punk/rap singer Bif Naked and also did production and
engineering work with numerous artists including Marcy Playground and Xavier
Rudd.

 

“Not only did you touch all the hearts of people in music
but also in the lives of family, my peers and especially our daughter’s friends
and family,” wife Minna Simko wrote on her Facebook page. “You will forever
remain close by in our hearts and you will be greatly missed by all.”

 

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