It is with deep sadness that Blood of The Phoenix announces the loss of their guitarist and friend , Bradley Eligius Hart. Bradley was a foundational pillar in the band family and a light in the lives of so many others. Bradley’s talent and love for music will forever live on in the hearts of the band members and they want to honour him with the release of their new ep – “From What We Used To Know”. Bradley’s role in the creation of EP was paramount.
The cause of Bradley’s death is still unknown and the band asks that the family’s privacy is respected at this time.
Vocalist Jess Escobar adds: I don’t know if this is what you were looking for us to do, but I think it’s all I can manage:
Fuck man. I wish you were here. Releasing this EP without you feels so backwards. You worked tirelessly to get our music out there and heard. Things are just starting to open back up, our friends are booking shows, and we finally had something to show the world. We wanted to be right there with you on stage with us for it all. You had so much unwaivering faith in us and always said, “Just wait until they see us live”. There are a million emotions flowing through all of the BOTP family, your family, and the BOTP network, but the one I’ve heard the most is that this just feels cruel and unfair. We were supposed to do this together, brother.
The restrictions have lifted. I wish you were here to see it. I can’t believe you’re not. We’ve heard from so many of your friends and acquaintences. People you changed, impacted, and inspired. All saying how they hate that they never had the chance to meet you in person, but loved your light and joy that just surrounded you wherever you went. They knew you from livestreams, online games, Discord servers, Facebook groups, and our content. We knew you as our family – the driving force behind everything we did. You had so much passion for what we were doing and no one compares.
It was the biggest honour to get to be in your presence and a part of your story but it was way too short. Our hearts are broken and we have no idea where to go from here. We miss you. We’re always going to remember you and keep you in our hearts. You had a heart of gold and you gave us all your love. We love you and miss you, and we always will. Thank you for being you.