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News : R.I.P. Chris Torpy, We Lost The Sea vocalist

By on March 4, 2013

Sydney-based 7-piece We Lost The Sea released what was easily one of the best post-metal releases of 2012 in the form of The Quietest Place On Earth, and they’re due to support the stunning This Will Destroy You on their upcoming Australian tour. It was looking like exciting times for the band, but in some shocking and shattering news, vocalist Chris Torpy has taken his own life.

Our thoughts go out to the band members, friends and family. Below is the statement released by the band. As We Lost The Sea state, if any of you are struggling as Torpy did, please speak to somebody or contact Beyond Blue. There’s always somebody willing to help.

“Sometime early Saturday morning, Our brother, singer and best friend, Chris Torpy, took his own life. We cannot adequately express the loss, and the hurt we are feeling at this time. And in no way ever presume to understand what his family are going through right now. 

Chris was the soul of the band from the very begin, he was a true artist, an amazing lyricist and the best vocalist I have ever seen. He was genuine and loved his friends, he was a better friend to any of us than we deserved, and he was always the first to reach out to people who were hurting. He struggled with his demons for a long time, he used music as a way to exorcise them, sometimes we could really hear the pain and fury in his voice at practice or at a show. He always lived life to the fullest and pushed the boundaries of his own existence. These words feel cheap, and don’t in anyway do his remarkable, although short, life. He will be missed by many, but never forgotten. We Lost The Sea are blessed to have his talent and his voice recorded for us to always remember him as he was, for who he was.

We Lost the Sea at this stage will NOT be pulling out of the This Will Destroy You show at the Annandale. We would like to play this show to honour our fallen brother. Whether or not we are able to do it remains to be seen. We have not talked about or made any decisions about the future of the band after this show. Chris is irreplaceable, but I know he wouldn’t of wanted the band to stop. So I personally will be looking to making more music in his name. 

If anyone is struggling with life, or everything just seems too much. Please reach out to someone. Contact Beyond Blue, talk to a friend, talk to a parent, TALK TO US. Please don’t think that you are alone.

We’d like to thank everyone for the support and love we have received already. It means a lot to us. If anyone has anything the would like us to pass on to his family, or would like to know funeral arrangements please email us at

Chris we will always love you and I feel that the best way to pay tribute to you is via your own words. 

‘And this lucid way of rest is how I want to remain.
Converging through the void, finally passing on.
Contently, with grace.’

Much Love 

Mark, Nathaniel, Turtle, Brendon, Kieran & Mathew and all the We Lost The Sea family. xo”



Mitch Booth is the owner, designer and grand overlord of Metal Obsession. In the few seconds of spare time he has outside of this site, he also hosts a metal radio show over on PBS 106.7fm in Melbourne (Australia) and organises shows under the name Untitled Touring. You should follow him on Twitter.