Drummer Tim Mooney, R.I.P.

    Pitchfork is reporting that Tim Mooney, drummer for Sun Kill Moon, American Music Club, and more, has died. He was 53.

    A performing drummer since the ’70s, Mooney also produced and engineered projects including American Music Club’s acclaimed 2004 release Love Songs for Patriots. On Thursday evening, AMC songwriter Mark Eitzel issued the following statement on his personal blog:

    “I haven’t seen Tim for a few years now but that still didn’t lessen the impact of his passing. He was the drummer of AMC for many years. He was absolutely instrumental in whatever sound we had. His style was absolutely unique and as an artist no one could match what he did. He was a good friend to so many people and will be missed. What an absolute loss. I wish all the best to his wife Jude and his daughter Dixie. I have spent all day in a fog thinking about him.”

    Sun Kill Moon’s Mark Kozelek also posted a statement through the Sun Kill Moon official website:

    “I knew Tim Mooney for over 20 years. As many Red House Painters’ fans may know, American Music Club was very helpful in giving Red House Painters our start. Later on, Tim played drums on my first solo album, Rock’n’ Roll Singer, and then on Sun Kill Moon’s Ghosts Of The Great Highway. We shared many long days and hours together. Tim was a peaceful, patient, and incredibly talented person. The last time I saw Tim was in 2009, in Petaluma, he was having ice cream with his daughter. He was as happy and content as ever. This photo [above] was taken during my work with him at Toast Recording Studios, in San Francisco. I’ve been overwhelmed with memories of Tim since learning of the news yesterday. My heart goes out to his family, his many friends, and to the members of AMC.”

    The cause of Mooney’s death is not yet clear. A memorial fund has been set up via PayPal.