Internal Bleeding drummer and veteran FDNY Firefighter Bill Tolley dies battling Queens, NY blaze…

Internal Bleeding drummer and veteran New York Fire Dept firefighter Bill Tolley passed away Thursday, April 20th after falling five stories from a rooftop while battling an apartment fire in Queens, New York. Tolley leaves behind a wife and eight-year-old daughter.

Said Tolley’s bandmates upon his tragic passing, “Our drummer, the heartbeat of the band, William Tolley, died today. There are zero words to describe the loss. He was a good, decent, and honorable man who loved his friends, his family, and the people he served. There will never be another like him. There are no words to describe the utter sadness and despair we feel right now. Bill was our rock, our heart, and supplier of insane laughter. The music world lost a very influential drummer, and the world lost a friend, a father, and a damn good man. We love you Bill.”

Internal Bleeding

The band had previously scheduled Thursday 20th April as the release date of new digital single ‘Final Justice’. The original video has been modified since yesterday to include a remembrance and a dedication.

The track serves as a teaser from the band’s forthcoming full-length ‘Corrupting Influence’ and the band planned to promote the release with a new video for the track.

Following the tragedy the band have unveiled the clip as planned in Tolley’s honor. “Bill would want that more than anything. It will mean so much.”

‘Final Justice’ takes the distinct Internal Bleeding sound into new, more intense levels. It’s still filled with all the hooks, slams, and grooves you’ve come to expect from the band, but at the same time, it’s more sophisticated, sharper, and focused than anything they’re released previously.

‘Final Justice’ is available via Bandcamp now.

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Phil Newall is from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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