We were saddened and shocked to learn that Jiří Kominek, or George as he was more widely known, a founding member of Latimer House and our drummer on All The Rage, passed away earlier today from injuries sustained during a fall down a flight of steps in the early hours.
Joe and George had known each other for years before George mentioned his drumming, in 2010. They started jamming around fragments of old and new song ideas in a sticky old rehearsal room in Prague's Zizkov district. They could never find a bass player but after a few months George had the bright idea of calling Mike, and out of that Latimer House started to form, a process that completed when the trio were in another sticky rehearsal room making a racket when they heard some amazing keyboards emanating from the next rehearsal booth... enter Anar.
The band's regular rehearsal routine was Mike collecting Joe and his guitars in his motor and then picking up George and his snare and hi-hat. As George clambered into the car the air would thicken with the smell of tobacco and his inventive profanities. Fortified by their regular pre-rehearsal munch on Balkan sausages from Zizkov's Bosnian grill house, the band worked on a dozen or more songs until they felt just about ready to go into the studio.
The photograph of George was taken in Faust studios in Prague as we were recording our first album with Derek.
Without Jiří Kominek there would arguably have been no Latimer House. And now he's gone the world is a duller place.
Rest in pease, George. May your memory be a blessing. Joe, Mike, Anar and Derek.