Vern Rumsey

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Vern Rumsey
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Rumsey in 2006. Photo by Conan Neutron.
Vernon Emmry Aldo Rumsey

(1973-01-24)January 24, 1973
DiedAugust 6, 2020(2020-08-06) (aged 47)
Other names
  • Doombuggy
  • Red Rumsey
  • Musician
  • recording engineer
Years active1991–2020
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
SpouseAna Rumsey
Musical career
Formerly of

Vernon Emmry Aldo Rumsey (January 24, 1973 – August 6, 2020) was an American musician. He rose to prominence as the bassist for the band Unwound.[1] He generally played a Fender Jazz bass.[1] He was also a recording engineer who has worked with bands such as Blonde Redhead, KARP, Enemymine, Novex and Replicator.

Rumsey played bass guitar on the Blonde Redhead record Fake Can Be Just as Good,[2] and co-ran the label Punk in My Vitamins,[3] with his bandmates[1] Justin Trosper and Sara Lund.

He was also in the bands Long Hind Legs,[1] Oslo,[4] Fitz of Depression,[5] and Witchypoo,[5] and (in 2009) was playing in the band Flora v. Fauna.[6]

He has been variously credited as Doombuggy, Red Rumsey, RedRumsey, Rumsey, Vern and Vernon Rumsey.[5]

On May 1, 2020, it was revealed that Vern Rumsey was a member of a recording project/band called Household Gods, also consisting of David Pajo of Slint, Conan Neutron of Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends and Replicator, and Lauren K. Newman (LKN) of Palo Verde and LKN Band. The record, Palace Intrigue, was recorded at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California, and was produced by Dave Catching. The first single, "Rest in Power", was released on the same date.[7][8] A second song, "Shine Theory", premiered on May 28, 2020 on The Big Takeover.[9] before the whole record was released on June 12, 2020.[10]

Rumsey died on August 6, 2020; he was 47.[11][12] His death sparked an outpouring of support and testimonials amongst many music communities.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d " - Unwound - Biography". 14 July 2011. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Punk In My Vitamins". Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Unwound BLOG - accessed Jan 2011". Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Vern Rumsey". Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Interview with Vern Rumsey". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Household Gods - Palace Intrigue".
  8. ^ "ORGAN THING: Now this is rather beautiful, Household Gods are a band featuring David Pajo (Slint, Papa M), Vern Rumsey (Unwound), Lauren K. Newman and Conan Neutron and this is a rather special first taste…". 5 May 2020.
  9. ^ ""Song Premiere: "Shine Theory" by Household Gods"".
  10. ^ "Palace Intrigue". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  11. ^ Pearis, Bill. "Unwound's Vern Rumsey has died". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Unwound bassist Vern Rumsey has died, aged 47". 7 August 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Artists pay tribute to Unwound's Vern Rumsey (Thursday, Speedy Ortiz, Cave In, more)". Retrieved 7 August 2020.

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