The Glands frontman Ross Shapiro has died

Musician from Athens, Georgia passed away following an illness

Ross Shapiro, frontman of US indie band The Glands, has died.

Friends told Flagpole, a publication based in the band’s hometown of Athens, Georgia, that the singer passed away following all illness. However, the exact cause of Shapiro’s death is currently unknown.

The Glands released two albums, 1998’s ‘Double Thriller’ and 2000’s self-titled follow-up. They reunited in 2011 to play the first gig at Athens’ newly-restored Georgia Theater, which had been been destroyed two years earlier in a fire. The same year, The Glands supported New Jersey indie trio Yo La Tengo on a US tour.

The Glands played their most recent gig in 2014 at the Green Room venue in Athens. In a news piece reporting Shapiro’s death, local newspaper the Athens Banner-Herald described The Glands as a “legendary Athens band”.

Yo La Tengo have been paying tribute to Shapiro over the weekend by posting a number of The Glands’ videos on Twitter.

In addition to his work with The Glands, Shapiro ran the Athens branch of US music chain Schoolkids Records until it closed its doors in 2011. The Georgia city has a rich music scene and is particularly known for being the hometown of R.E.M. and The B-52s.