RIP, Andy Richardson, member of "a bazillion" Twin Cities bands

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UPDATE: A memorial auction has been set up to help benefit Andrew Richardson's family, including memorabilia and signed items from musicians like Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, the Black Keys, and Spoon. The auction will run until October 12, 2014.

Twin Cities musician, sound engineer, and devoted family man Andrew Richardson has died. He was 36.

The longtime ZVEX Effects employee was reported missing by his wife Marisa "Moe" Richardson, and his body was found the next day.

Born February 24, 1978, Richardson grew up in Minnetonka, and moved to Minneapolis right out of high school. His talents as a guitarist, vocalist, and bassist were spread all over the local scene. "He played in a bazillion bands," says Moe. Included were the Crush, described by City Pages' David Hansen as "pop punk with a heart, a rapier wit with searing chord work, a forceful jangle that owes as much to broken strings as to impassioned strumming." His other projects included the Book of Dead Names, the Dirty Hits, Infinity Dive, Start:Destruct, and many more.


The Crush saw success in the early '00s with their debut studio album, Tonight Will Ruin Tomorrow, and their sophomore album, Here Is Where I Cross My Fingers, was released on Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's Adeline Records in 2002.

The frequently sarcastic Richardson attended IPR in his late 20s, and worked at many restaurants in the Twin Cities, the last one being the Bryant-Lake Bowl. He worked at ZVEX Effects for nearly a decade. He was a driving force behind the Lyn-Lake DIY venue the Sociopath House, and booked and performed there regularly.

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Andy Richardson with son Bronson

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Andy Richardson with wife Moe
But aside from his many accolades and friendships in the music scene, Richardson will be remembered as a man who loved to go fishing on Little Pine Lake, and as a loving husband to his wife of seven years and their three-year-old son Bronson. "He's my soul mate, my true love, he was the one," says Moe. "He put his all into his family."

"I want people to honor my husband," she continues. "I want people to tell stories. I want his spirit to live on through our stories. We need to save these stories. I'm filling a box of pictures for my son. I want people to reach out to each other. I want to think of him in happy ways."

Services will be held at Evans-Nordby in Osseo on Saturday, September 13. Doors are at 12 p.m., and a celebration of life ceremony is at 2 p.m. Moe requests that attendees bring a story on a piece of paper, and pictures of Andrew to put in a box for their son. A YouCaring site has been set up to support the Richardson family here.

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21 comments
froggy.trumpeteer
froggy.trumpeteer

I just want to say it is none of anyone's business how he died. Why not respect his family's privacy and extend condolences for the loss of an amazing life instead?

Sipprell
Sipprell


So sad. A solid guy that I used to work with. Had many laughs with this guy. I remember the time his brand new van blew up a block from the Diner in Uptown. Andy and I couldn't stop laughing as he pulled his charred crispy wallet out of... the glove compartment. I think he was in shock though. I also remember when he almost passed out watching us process a deer in the restaurant Soprano style (after hours of course). Andy always had me laughing. A talented guy. He will be missed.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Especially for his now-fatherless son.

JLandon78
JLandon78

Can't stop thinking about all of the good times shared in HS and at Sociopath 1.0, back in '97. You will truly be missed my friend. 

Jamie Koehler
Jamie Koehler

So sad!! Such talent!! I feel for Moe and Bronson.

Stacy Saathoff
Stacy Saathoff

This is heart breaking and all too common these days. My heart breaks for him and his family. Peace like a river.

frydoc6
frydoc6

I didn't know Andy personally, but my heart hurts for his family. I have been playing The Crush CD's all day. I am sorry for your loss.

Amanda Mik
Amanda Mik

Heart goes out to his wife and son. Rest in peace Andy.

Kurt Vatland
Kurt Vatland

A sad loss. Condolences from all of us in La Madness.

Aenor le Musae
Aenor le Musae

Too many gone this year. Lots of one to the family and friends..

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