"We are heartbroken": Scream announce the death of drummer Kent Stax, just 24 hours after sharing the news of new album DC Special, featuring Dave Grohl, Ian MacKaye and more

Scream, with late drummer Kent Stax
(Image credit: Joel Dowling | Scream Facebook)

Scream, the Baileys Crossroads, Virginia band who are among the most influential bands ever to record for Dischord Records, have today announced the death of drummer Kent Stax, aka Bennett Kent Stacks.

Pete and Franz Stahl broke the news on social media today, September 20, writing, "We are heartbroken to share that our drummer Bennett Kent Stacks passed away this morning after a bout with metastatic cancer. Kent is the original heartbeat of Scream. Though we have had to continue on without him before, we have always known Kent is irreplaceable. He was one of a kind. In addition to being a truly unique drummer, Kent was also an accomplished fisherman, skilled carpenter, and avid train enthusiast.

Kent also played in prominent punk and harDCore bands including The Suspects, Spitfires United, Alleged Bricks and more throughout his life. He also branched out to other genres, playing with The Daryl Davis Band and The Old Dominion Trio.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years Andrea, daughter Jennifer, brothers Kurt, William and Henry and a host of band mates, friends and fans. If you ever saw us play or if you knew Kent, your thoughts and memories are welcome here."

The news comes just 24 hours after the band, completed by bassist Skeeter Thompson, announced and shared their first new music in over a decade. DC Special will be released on November 10, via Dischord.

Recorded by Don Zientara just weeks before his legendary Inner Ear studio was evicted from its longtime location, DC Special is said to embody "the same sense of community and politics that inspired Scream from the start and is a truly special collection of new music that speaks to the present and also tells the story of DC music, Scream, and the influences that shaped them."

Guests on the record include: Fugazi's Ian MacKaye and Joe Lally, former Scream drummer/Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Amy Pickering, Amanda MacKaye, Bad Religion's Brian Baker and more.

Its first single, DC Special Sha La La, can be heard below:

Scream had booked US shows with fellow Dischord veterans Soulside for October-December. There is no mention, as yet, whether the shows will be affected by Stax's sudden passing.

Oct 27: Los Angeles, CA Zebulon
Oct 29: San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Oct 31: Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Nov 01: Portland, OR The Vera Project
Dec 07: Washington, D.C. Black Cat
Dec 08: Brooklyn, NY The Meadows
Dec 09: Medford, MA Deep Cuts
Dec 10: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.