We’re sad to report that David Gamble, who was one-half of great late-’70s/early-’80s Athens, GA post-punk duo The Method Actors, has died after a battle with cancer. News came via Vanessa Briscoe Hay of fellow Athens, GA band Pylon, who wrote, “As some of you know, David Gamble passed away night before last. He had been fighting cancer. Sending condolences to his friends and family, as well as former bandmates. May he Rest In Peace.”
Part of the same scene that gave us Pylon, The B-52’s, Love Tractor and R.E.M., The Method Actors formed in 1979 and made scratchy, tightly-wound, danceabe rock powered by Gamble’s hard-hitting drumming style and Vic Varney’s urgent vocals and wiry guitar. They made their debut with 1980’s This Is It EP and released the Rhythms of You / Dancing Underneath EP in 1981 before releasing their debut album, Little Figures, that same year (Most of the tracks from those releases were compiled on This is Still It which you can listen to below). Gamble left the band not long after that, and later played in Boat Of and Beauty Contest.
Rest in peace, David.