Tyson Stevens was an American singer and songwriter who fronted the post-hardcore band Scary Kids Scaring Kids. He was known for his powerful vocals, energetic stage presence, and emotional lyrics. He died on October 21, 2014, at the age of 29, in Tucson, Arizona. What was the cause of his death and how did he impact the music scene? Here is a brief tribute to his life and career.
From Arizona to the World
Tyson Stevens was born on September 29, 1985, in Gilbert, Arizona. He started singing and playing guitar at a young age, and formed Scary Kids Scaring Kids with his high school friends in 2002. They released their self-financed debut EP, After Dark, in 2003, and gained a loyal fan base in the local scene. They signed with Immortal Records in 2005, and released their first full-length album, The City Sleeps in Flames, which featured the singles “My Darkest Hour” and “The Only Medicine”. The album was well-received by critics and fans, and showcased the band’s blend of melodic hooks, heavy riffs, and synth elements.
The band’s popularity grew as they toured with bands like Anberlin, Emery, Boys Night Out, and Chiodos. They also played at festivals like Warped Tour, Bamboozle, and Taste of Chaos. In 2007, they released their self-titled second album, which was produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, Dashboard Confessional). The album was more mature and experimental, and featured guest appearances by Craig Mabbitt of Escape the Fate and Cove Reber of Saosin. The album spawned the singles “Faces” and “Watch Me Bleed”, and received positive reviews from critics and fans.
A Troubled Soul and a Tragic End
Despite the band’s success, Stevens struggled with personal issues, such as drug addiction, depression, and anxiety. He also said that he used music as a way of coping with his pain and expressing his feelings.
In 2009, the band announced their breakup, citing creative differences and personal problems. They played their farewell tour in 2010, and thanked their fans for their support. Stevens then formed a new band called Coma Prevail, which was supposed to release their debut album in 2014. However, on October 21, 2014, Stevens was found dead by his girlfriend in his home in Tucson. His death shocked and saddened his family, friends, and fans, who paid tribute to him on social media and remembered his talent and legacy.
Tyson Stevens was a talented singer and songwriter who had a promising career in the music industry. He was also a troubled soul who battled with his demons and ultimately succumbed to them. He will be missed by many who knew him and enjoyed his work. May he rest in peace.