Todd Serious, singer of the Rebel Spell and one of the most articulate and passionate members of the Vancouver punk scene, is reported to have died on Saturday (March 7) from injuries sustained in a fall in Black Velvet Canyon, Nevada.
Serious—aka Todd Jenkins, age 41—fell an unknown distance while climbing with his brother.
A long-time rock climber, Serious was no stranger to the hazards of the sport, and performed at Adstock in Maple Ridge just last summer with back problems caused by a previous fall.
Serious's lyrics reveal a commitment to social justice, First Nations sovereignty, and animal rights.
When the Straight interviewed him on Skype for our 2014 feature on the Rebel Spell, we discussed some of the doomsday scenarios that he lists in rapid fire in the apocalyptic title track of their album, The Last Run, including “pesticides and GMO wheat/ the water you waste for the taste of meat.”
I asked him just what his ideal society would look like, anyhow. After thinking it over for a second, Serious replied, “I want to live in a just world.”
It wouldn’t be a bad epitaph.
RIP, Todd Serious.