“It is with the greatest sadness that we must announce that our singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night,” Riley’s family wrote in a statement posted on Power Trip social media.
“Riley was a friend, a brother, a son. Riley was both a larger than life rock star and a humble and generous friend. He touched so many lives through his words and his huge heart. He treated everyone he met as friends and he always took care of his friends.
They added, “We will celebrate Riley’s life and never forget the great works of music, charity and love that he left behind. You fans have meant so much to him, know how special you are. If you have a memory of Riley, share it, no matter how small, as we remember him.
The family also asked fans to respect their privacy and direct donations to the Dallas Hope Charities. See the statement below:
– POWER TRIP (@powertriptx) 26 août 2020
Power Trip was first formed in 2008 in Dallas, Texas, with a lineup consisting of Gale, guitarists Blake Ibanez and Nick Stewart, bassist Chris Whetzel and drummer Marcus Johnson.
To date, the group has released two feature films on the Southern Lord label – their 2013 debut album, “Manifest Decimation,” and their critically acclaimed 2017 follow-up, “Nightmare Logic.” Their B-side and rarities compilation album ‘Opening Fire: 2008-2014’ was released in 2018, and their live album, ‘Live in Seattle: 05.28.2018’, was released earlier this year.
Prior to Gale’s death, the band were in the studio working on their third album.
The band shared the stage with artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Napalm Death, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch, Trivium and many more. In addition, Gale recently lent his voice to the hardcore / thrash metal side project of Ice T Body Count, on their album “Carnivore”. He also had a side project with Fucked Up members Mike Haliechuk and Jonah Falco called Masterpiece Machine.
Tributes to Gale have started pouring in on social media, from Rob Flynn of Machine Head, Coheed and Cambria, Anthrax and more. See them below.
Very sad to learn of the death of Power Trip singer Riley. I saw them open for Cannibal Corpse and they were really awesome. Sending positive energy to group members and their families 🖤🖤🖤 https://t.co/pzJU3D0rwk
– Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) 26 août 2020
Remains in power, Riley Gale of Power Trip. We couldn’t wait to make memories together next year. Our thoughts are with you all. https://t.co/zbuynYcm55
– Coheed et Cambria (@Coheed) 26 août 2020
Completely shocked and saddened by this news. Our condolences to family and friends @powertriptx https://t.co/kFRNCuZNp7
– Anthrax (@Anthrax) 26 août 2020
So sad to hear of the passing of Riley Gale. I’ve only had the chance to meet him once, but he had a way of making you feel like you’ve known him forever, instantly. Such a deep loss. Most sincere love and sympathies to @powertriptx and all those close to him.
– Jay Weinberg (@jayweinbergdrum) August 26, 2020
I love Power Trip and the whole Texas family. This is crap.
– Uniform (@uniform_nyc) August 26, 2020
He used his voice, status and actions to fight oppression in a musical community too accustomed to complacency and toxic masculinity. We could all learn a lesson from how he held up and do better no matter what we do now. Thank you for your care, your work will not be forgotten.
– vile creature (@ vilecreature666) August 26, 2020
Riley has always been a part of the home team, he and Power Trip have helped open a lot of doors for us and many other bands in the Texas hardcore scene over the years. The music world has lost a huge star, Rest in Power Riley Gale. https://t.co/DK75XRKi5N
– Creeping Death (@CreepingDeathtx) August 26, 2020
Shocked tonight to learn of Riley Gale’s passing. He just left a comment yesterday on our ‘gram of loving LP Christian Mistress. In about 2013, I interviewed him in our CHIPS & BEER magazine. I’ll dig it up and post it. What an absolutely HUGE loss. RIP Riley.
– 20 BUCK SPIN (@ 20buckspinlabel) 26 août 2020