A patchwork of news reports and message board posts seem to indicate that Joe Graziano, the bassist for the NYCHC act Supertouch, was found shot to death in his Chicago home last Wednesday–an apparent suicide. Supertouch got their start in the halcyon youth crew days of the mid-’80s; a brief co-sign from Youth of Today’s Mike Judge, the band’s first drummer, launched an 11-year run through the VFWs and Long Island Legion Halls around the city. The band had a song on Revelation Records’ seminal 1988 comp New York City Hardcore: The Way It Is alongside Warzone, Gorilla Biscuits, Sick of It All, Bold, etc.–New York hardcore royalty, in other words, of which Supertouch was definitely a member.
Graziano had apparently been working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Chicago, where he left behind a partially blind dog for whom the police are trying to find a home. His funeral is on Wed. Jan. 13th in Guilford CT. at St Georges Church, according to a cousin. Remembrances of the bassist by those who knew him can be found here and here. “The best bass player and sweetest person I’ve ever played with or known,” wrote Graziano’s sometime bandmate and Supertouch drummer Andy Guida. “I said that before he was dead still feel the same way.”