Eddie Watkins (ex-Polvo) R.I.P.


The drummer is pictured in the photo above on the right.

By Fred Mills

Pretty much anybody who was living in North Carolina in the early/mid ‘90s and immersed in the indie rock scene – and quite a few not from NC as well – knows how unique Chapel Hill’s Polvo, who launched in 1990 and went on to release a series of groundbreaking records. (Must-hear: 1992 LP Cor-Crane Secret.) The group was formed by guitarists Ash Bowie and Dave Brylawski, bassist Steve Popson, and drummer Eddie Watkins. Watkins was a member through three albums, leaving after 1996’s Exploded Drawings, with Polvo breaking up two years later; the group got back together in ’08 but Watkins by then had moved on to non-musical pursuits

Watkins, we have now learned passed away this weekend, the cause of death not yet disclosed.

Mac McCaughan of Merge Records and Superchunk wrote in a statement on Facebook, ” Stunned and saddened to hear of Eddie Watkins’ passing. It took a unique drummer to make those Polvo records & they are some of my favorite records, period. Classics. Sweet guy to be with on tour and in the studio. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.” The comments following McCaughan’s post clearly show that the man was deeply loved and respected.

According to Brooklyn Vegan, “Watkins, according to his personal website, was also a father, librarian, chef, and cyclist living in Durham, NC.”

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