Indie bands pay tribute to murdered music scene figure

A manhunt for Esme Barrera's killer is now taking place in Austin, Texas

A host of indie bands have paid tribute to Esme Barrera, who was found murdered in the early hours of New Year’s Day in her adopted hometown of Austin, Texas.

The 29 year old worked at independent record store Waterloo Records as well as volunteering at the Girls Rock Austin music camp, reports Spinner. Her body was found at 2.45am on January 1, and though local police currently have no suspects, they have stated that there were two attacks near Barrera’s home around the time her body was discovered.

Punk rocker Ted Leo tweeted: “I was privileged to briefly know an inspirational person from Austin, Tx., who was murdered this NYE. Her name was Esme & she’ll be missed,” while electro act Yacht wrote: “The world’s lost a shining light, music cheerleader, and great human. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Esme Barrera. No words.”

Okkervil River – pictured right – posted links to donate to Barrera’s family and also to Girls Rock Camp while Ringo Deathstar echoed their request.

Brooklyn Vegan reports that London indie band Allo Darlin’ – pictured at the top of the page – have also paid tribute, writing: “This morning we were sent pictures of tattoos that some of her friends have got in memory of Esme, with some of our lyrics written in ink on their skin. This has moved us very much also.”

Music industry executive Gerard Cosloy of Matador wrote a blog post in praise of Barrera. In it he said: “If you’re reading this, didn’t know this woman and you’re saying to yourself, “big deal, I know someone just like that,”, tell them. Today. We can’t bring Esme back, but any moment going forward not spent trying to match the very high bar she set… is time wasted.”

A Tumblr site has been set up in Barrera’s honour at

Visit for more information. Tribute concerts are set to take place to help Barrera’s family pay for funeral expenses.