Original Madder Lake Drummer Jac Kreemers Passes Away

16 November 2020 | 1:10 pm | Staff Writer

"Rest in peace our dear friend."

Madder Lake's original drummer Jac Kreemers has passed away. 

The Courier has reported that Kreemers passed away on Friday following a lengthy period living with vascular dementia.

The news was shared by the band late on Saturday saying, "It is with a heavy heart, we announce the passing of our original drummer Jac Kreemers. 

"Rest in peace our dear friend."

Madder Lake was founded in 1968 as San Sebastian. The original line-up included Kreemers, vocalist Mick Fettes, bassist Kerry McKenna, guitarist Brendan Mason and keyboard player John McKinnon. 

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They would go on to become one of the first bands signed to Mushroom Records, as well as being the inaugural performers at the first ever Sunbury Pop Festival. 

In 1973, Madder Lake released their debut album Stillpoint which included their debut single Goodbye Lollipop. The track landed at #15 on the Australian singles chart. The album also featured fan favourite track, 12LB Toothbrush.

They followed up with Butterfly Farm the following year, featuring tracks like Mother Ship, One Star & The Moon, Booze Blues and more.

In 2008, Madder Lake headlined Queenscliff Music Festival. Kreemers last performed with Madder Lake three years ago during a surprise gig as part of a benefit for Kreemers, with Luke McKinnon joining the band as his replacement in previous years. 

It is with a heavy heart ,we announce the passing of our original Drummer "Jac Kreemers". Rest in peace our dear friend.

Posted by Madder Lake on Saturday, November 14, 2020