PRIMITIVE RACE | Band Issue Statement About Chuck Mosley / Singer's Death Came A Week After Release Of New Album

We are deeply heartbroken by the loss of our friend and bandmate, Chuck Mosley. Chuck had a 

vibrant free spirit. He was also a sensitive, kind and loving soul. He wanted to be everything to 

everyone; a good partner to Pip, a good father to his children and grandson, a loyal friend, an 

accomplished chef, an entertaining performer and so much more. Chuck was funny, witty, 

charismatic and charming in a way that was only Chuck. His art and legacy will be with us all 

forever; he was truly one of a kind. 


On November 3rd, Chuck, Mark, Erie and I were celebrating the release of an album Chuck held 

very dear. Less than a week later, he was no longer with us. Over the past few days, we have spent 

a great deal of time contemplating the best way to honour our friend. At Pip and Doug Esper’s 

urging, Mark, Erie and I will continue to support the album that Chuck was so proud of. The three 

of us will donate any proceeds earned from album sales throughout our release cycle in 2018 to 

MusiCares, a not-for-profit charity, in Chuck’s name. MusiCares' services and resources cover a 

wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies and each case is treated with integrity 

and confidentiality.


Mark, Erie and I wish to express our deepest condolences to his soulmate Pip Logan, their children 

Erica and Sophie, Grandson Wolfgang and dearest friend, Doug Esper. Unfortunately, Chuck’s 

premature demise left his family without the means to send him off properly and move into their 

next phase of life. Your gesture of a donation to help with his final expenses would be greatly 



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Rest In Peace, Chuck.


Love always,

Chris Kniker, Mark Gemini Thwaite and Erie Loch



new album 

released 03.11.17

[Metropolis Records]


album song ‘Dancing On The Sun’ 


“This was Chuck's favourite song we did. It was always his ‘baby' on the record. He burned with 

passion for how it turned out. For him the record started and ended here. I miss you so deeply 

already. There is a hole left in my soul that feels like it will never be filled.”  Chris Kniker


Primitive Race released their second album on November 3rd. Helmed by producer/bassist 

Chris Kniker (Revolting Cocks, Lords Of Acid), the group recruited former Faith No More singer 

Chuck Mosley on lead vocals and Melvins drummer Dale Crover for the ten song collection.


"When I listened to the music, ideas just came pouring out,” Mosley had previously stated. 

"I couldn’t say no to doing the record. When we completed the first few tracks, I found myself 

wishing I had written them. Not just the lyrics…just good heavy riffs and grooves really sucked me 

in. The melodies and words came super easy with this music. Even though it's a whole different 

vibeit brought out a side of me I haven’t experienced since writing with Faith No More.”


The band, which had been something of an international industrial supergroup with a rotating cast 

that included members who had spent time with the likes of Gary Numan, Tricky, The Mission, 

Peter Murphy, Spear Of Destiny, KMFDM, PIG, Skinny Puppy, Nitzer Ebb, Pop Will Eat Itself and 

Combichrist, originally took on an industrial bent simply because of the talent involved. For the new

record, Kniker approached the release with a more focused eye, bringing in Mosley and Crover who 

sing/drum throughout the release, along with engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) and 

mastering by Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More).


"During the recording of the first Primitive Race album there was a natural shift from the industrial 

sound of our collective histories towards something more fluid and punk," explained Kniker. "It was 

something I really wanted to explore with Mark and Erie, knowing we wanted something raw and 

organic with big, loud live drums as we began working on the new songs. Chuck and I met when 

he was writing his VUA record. I ran into him last summer at a show and we started talking about 

making a record. He really got where I was going with the whole concept. I knew he could bring 

some of that to the record and still put his own stamp on it. I never in a million years thought Dale 

would do the record. He's one of my favourite drummers! We run in a similar circle. The Warlock 

Pinchers were signed to Boner Records back when Melvins were there. Mark from the Pinchers 

reached out to Dale for me and I was talking to Toshi [Dale's engineer and production partner]. 

Toshi shared the demos with Dale and the next thing I know Toshi is asking for the multi-tracks. 

A few years ago, Melvins did a KMFDM remix for a record I was working on so it's cool to have 

that connection again. This record is completely different from the first one and I think it's cool 

that we get a blank canvas to do whatever we want with Primitive Race.”


’Soul Pretender’ is the second album by Primitive Race, following an EP, ‘Long In The Tooth’, 

and the band’s self-titled debut album, both released in 2015 on Metropolis Records.  


The line-up for ‘Soul Pretender’ is :

Chuck Mosley - vocals

Erie Loch - guitar, bass, programming 

Mark Gemini Thwaite - guitar, bass, programming 

Chris Kniker - bass  

Dale Crover - drums




1 Row House

2 Cry Out

3 Cranial Matter

4 Take It All

5 Bed Six

6 Stepping Stone

7 Turn It Up

8 Soul Pretender

9 Nothing To Behold

10 Dancing On The Sun


All songs written, arranged and performed by Chris Kniker, Mark Thwaite, Chuck Mosley, Erie Loch

Produced by Chris Kniker, Mark Thwaite, Erie Loch

Co-produced by Joe Haze 

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