Rick Kulwicki, a guitar player for veteran Sub Pop band, The Fluid, has passed away.
Details of his death are fragmentary, but he died at home and apparently of natural causes. He was 49 years old.
Besides being an all-around great guy, fine guitar player and devoted father, Ricky was simply one of the friendliest people that I’ve had the honor of knowing. He played in a number of bands in his hometown of Denver, but The Fluid were the band with the greatest recognition.
The Fluid recorded two albums, (Clear Black Paper and Roadmouth) one EP (Glue) and two singles for Sub Pop, including a split Singles Club single with Nirvana. The Fluid also had a track (“Is It Day I’m Seeing”) on Sub Pop 200. (Their debut album, the wonderfully assaultive Punch ‘n’ Judy, came out domestically on Rayon Records.) After a lengthy hiatus, The Fluid roared back to action in time for SP20 in 2008. Their performances leading up to the festival and at the festival itself were commanding and timeless.
As Sub Pop gleans information we will provide updates as warranted. We love you, Ricky. —jp