We're all extremely sad to hear the news of the tragic van accident that befell DMBQ Friday, injuring the band, tour manager/friend to WFMU Michelle Cable, and taking the life of drummer Mana "China" Nishiura. The accident happened as they were on their way to their Brooklyn show; they were scheduled to appear at WFMU's Record Fair Saturday. Please take the time to read the missive below, feel free to link and forward, and help if you can, thank you. -Brian
On Friday afternoon, the Japanese based band DMBQ and Michelle Cable of Panache Magazine were involved in a horrible car accident, while driving to Brooklyn to play a show that night. Mana "China" Nishiura, DMB & Shonen Knife's drummer, did not survive the accident. She was a great talent and will be missed dearly.
Michelle Cable of Panache Magazine and Booking, who had been managing DMBQ's tour, had to undergo emergency surgery on her head and is expecting a 6 month recovery period. The rest of the band remains hospitalized but are expected to be released soon. We mourn the loss of China and our hearts go out to DMBQ, Michelle, and their families.
With the help of Jen (Shellshag/Starcleaner), a paypal account has been set up to benefit our friends in DMBQ and Michelle Cable to help pay for medical expenses.
Please forward and post this information as much as you can.
Donations can be made to DMBQ and Michelle Cable by paypalling them at email@example.com or by sending checks to:
PO BOX 3241
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603