Losing a band member is never an easy thing, and it cuts even deeper when the group in question is young, tight and on the rise: a band of brothers. On Dec. 30, the eve of New Year’s Eve, Jacksonville metal group Yashira lost their drummer, 24-year-old Seth Howard, in a car accident. Now Howard’s bandmates—bassist Luke Barber and guitarists Connor Anderson and Dylan Mikos—are putting on a benefit show to celebrate his life and help the Howard family cover medical and memorial costs.
Friends and family alike attest that Howard was not only an amazing drummer but an all-around a great guy. He was a student, a brother and a friend to anyone that needed him. Artistically, his role in Yashira was central. According to his bandmates, Howard was a writer and visionary.
“He was definitely the focal point of the band,” Barber told Folio Weekly, “and I can’t underestimate his genius. He had the ultimate vision of where our songs should go.”
Howard was also a natural performer—a rock ‘n’ roll animal, to borrow Lou Reed’s expression.
“He was the total package,” Barber continued. “He was handsome, much more handsome than any of us, I think. He would get on stage, take off his shirt, and he had all these cool tattoos, and everybody would be looking at him.”
Outside of music, Howard was passionate about anything and everything that he set his mind to.
“Even if he was reading an article on the internet and he had a feeling about it, he would let you know,” said Barber.
Howard had been pursuing an electrical engineering degree at the University of Florida before deciding to put his academic career on the back burner and give Yashira a proper go. After honing the craft for three years, the band recorded their debut album for New Jersey metalcore label Good Fight Music. Shrine was released in April 2018 to encouraging reviews nationwide.
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