Halite's Graham Hopkins has expressed condolences for Elliott Smith
Halite mainman Graham Hopkins has paid tribute to singer Elliot Smith who was found dead at his LA home earlier this week.
"About five years ago when I was on tour with Therapy in Holland," he says on the band's www.halite.com website, "myself and Martin from the band went to the cinema to see Goodwill Hunting. When we heard Elliot Smith's songs in that film they blew us both away. We went and bought everything he had recorded straight away.
"The first time I heard the song 'Waltz No. 2' was when he played it on his own in Dublin. It was one of those spinetingling moments that doesn't happen that often and one that I won't forget.
"I loved the way his melodies and harmonies were so beautiful. Either/Or or XO are without a shadow of a doubt two of my favourite albums. I'm very sad at the loss of one of the most inspiring musicians to me. I feel very happy to have found his music and to have seen him play live, and to have shaken his hand. I know his music will continue to inspire me."
Elliot Smith was nothing if not prolific but it still comes as something of a surprise when, almost four years after his death, a double album’s worth of mostly unheard material is unearthed.Read More
Like most of Smith’s music, the album sounds on occasion like the work of a man carrying out a war in his own mind, yet is also tinged with calm and life-affirming joy. Many songs reflect his usual mix of hope, frustration and weary resignation to life’s injustices.Read More
Coinciding with the release of his final album, Cork musicians will play a charity fundraiser in honour of the late Elliott SmithRead More
Jeff Martin, Bray Vista, Iain Archer, Red Twelve, Katell Keineg, La Rocca, Bell X1, The Walls, Turn and friends…Read More
Following Smith's death, memorial gigs were held all over the US and The Village will be host to Dublin's Smith memorial.Read More
Ollie Cole of Turn pays a fan’s heartfelt tribute to the “genius lyricist and stupidly brilliant guitar player” who tragically took his own life two weeks ago.Read More
Smith, who battled drug and alcohol addiction during his 34 year life, appears to have taken his own lifeRead More
Elliott Smith 1969 - 2003Read More
Taciturn word lover, Beatle maniac, and Celine Dion apologist: meet ELLIOTT SMITH.Read More
When Mr Smith went to Washington - or, actually, Hollywood - to perform his Oscar-nominated 'Miss Misery' from Good Will Hunting at the Academy Awards a few years ago, a worldwide audience of sensitive indie mopers cheered at the vindicating incongruity of it all.Read More