It is with great sadness that we report the death of singer/songwriter Scott Miller, founding member of Bay Area power-pop bands Game Theory and The Loud Family. According to his website, Miller passed on Monday, April 15th.
Game Theory were heralded as “the next R.E.M.” when they formed in 1981, and were associated with the west coast “Paisley Underground”-scene alongside contemporaries like The Dream Syndicate and Green on Red. While Game Theory received critical success, internal conflicts ended the band in 1989, and Miller went on to form The Loud Family. Sadly, Miller had planned to start recording a new Game Theory album this summer, titled Supercalifragile. It was said, he “was looking forward to getting back into the studio and reuniting with some of his former collaborators.”
Game Theory’s output is currently out-of-print, however, Sue Trowbridge, the webmaster for loudfamily.com, has made all of their back catalog available for free download. She states, “My main goal is to prevent people from trying to capitalize by selling these long out-of-print albums for lots of money. I want everybody who would like to hear these albums to be able to do so without paying outrageous prices.”
Miller is survived by his wife, Kristine, and their two daughters, Julianne Elizabeth and Valerie. A memorial fund has been established for his family.