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Bill Doss of Athens’ Olivia Tremor Control dies

Doss in 2004. Photo: AJC archives

Doss in 2004. Photo: AJC archives

Bill Doss, the frontman for Athens’ Olivia Tremor Control, has died. He was 43.

The band announced his passing on its website, saying, “We are at a loss for words.” No cause of death has been released.

The indie-pop band, which includes Doss’ childhood friends W. Cullen Hart and Jeff Mangum, hit its stride in the mid-‘90s with the albums “Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle” in 1996 and “Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One” in 1999.

Several offshoot bands spawned from OTC, including Sunshine Fix and Neutral Milk Hotel.

In the mid-2000s, OTC reunited and played sporadically in recent years. The group last performed in Atlanta in January with a show at The Earl, and on July 26 returned to their hometown for a show at the Georgia Theater.

Last year, the guys released the new single, “The Game You Play Is in Your Head,” and were said to be toying with the idea of a new album.

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

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July 31st, 2012
4:36 pm

So sad right now….my thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones. I was fortunate to have spent many nights with Bill and OTC at The Atomic, 40 watt, and many other venues, not to mention countless hours with their records “Music from the Unrealized Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle” and “Black Foliage”…..those records were the soundtrack to my college years as well as now…”Music from the Unrealized….” will always be one of my favorite records and continues to lift my mood whenever it comes on….Bill, you will be missed.

Old devil

July 31st, 2012
4:38 pm

I have never heard of this band, but I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to have the first comment…RIP

Hilltop Procession

July 31st, 2012
5:26 pm

What a loss… I don’t even know what to say. Dusk at Cubist Castle is one of my very favorite pieces of music ever, and it’s such a personal record for me. I’d been hoping that they would be able to pull off a new album, but I guess that won’t ever happen.


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Sarah W

July 31st, 2012
8:11 pm

So sad. I saw OTC for the first time back in October during one of the music festivals last fall. It was so much fun. He was great. So sad. So sad.


August 2nd, 2012
9:15 am

Bill, we grew up together. We sat together in every class from 1st grade to graduation. I helped you write lyrics when we got bored in English class. We sang together in Choir. Years have passed. But, you were never forgotten. Such a bright light in an otherwise dull world. You will be missed.