Written by: Alex Green
Stewart Lupton, the enigmatic lead singer of the beloved indie outfit Jonathan Fire*Eater has died.
Lupton was 43.
Although details of Lupton’s death are not known at this time, Lupton’s family confirmed his passing.
Formed in the early nineties, Jonathan Fire*Eater rose from the ashes of the prep school band the Ignobles, who got their start at D.C.’s St. Albans School.
Renamed Jonathan Fire*Eater, the band moved to New York and became a fixture on the rising post-punk scene.
The band’s bidding-war worthy EP Tremble Under Boom Lights was an awe-inspiring post-modern blast of poetic brilliance and their debut major label album Wolf Songs For Lambs had them poised for stardom.
And it did seem things were headed that way: they opened for Pulp and Blur and were approached by Calvin Klein to model in advertisements.
However, the band buckled under internal disagreements and the majority of the splintered outfit went on to form The Walkmen.
Lupton studied poetic modernism at George Washington University and fronted the band The Childballads and later The Beatin’s.
Lupton’s cousin Sarah Lupton wrote this tribute on Instagram: “You have led me in such profound ways, even in distance, even in silence, even without knowing or meaning to. Your overwhelming, gut-wrenching genius even you don’t understand. It has been a strong beacon of inspiration since I was a child. Sometimes it confuses you, and me. But I always stand in awe of you. I celebrate you, cuz. Because you give more to me and so many others than I think you know.”