The man who could lay claim to being in one of the first ever indie bands committed suicide last week...

ADRIAN BORLAND, 41, lead singer with The Sound, committed suicide by throwing himself under a train in London on Wednesday, April 26.

Songwriter Borland‘s first band, The Outsiders, became the first English punk band to release an album themselves, on their own label: ’77’s ‘Calling On Youth’.

Borland then formed another group, Second Layer, produced a host of acts including Luke Haines‘ early group The Servants and collaborated with the likes of Dead Kennedy‘s Jello Biafra before going on to form The Sound.


Snapped up in 1980 by Korova, they were immediately sent on tour with new fledgling labelmates Echo & The Bunnymen.

The band were later dropped by the label for refusing to make their sound more commercial, but continued until 1987 when they released one of their most critically acclaimed records, ‘Thunder Up’.

Afterwards, Borland continued with a solo career on the Play It Again Sam label, releasing ‘Cinematic’ in 1996 through the Setanta label.

A new Borland album under the title White Rose Transmission had just been finished when the singer killed himself.