Travis Jackson, founder of D.C. rock label Windian Records and former drummer for local punk greats the Points, has died.
Jackson, who worked in construction, was struck on the job in a collision on Suitland Parkway late Wednesday night. The death was confirmed by Eric Brady, co-owner of Windian Records. Jackson was 34.
Over the past decade, Jackson became one of the most recognizable faces in Washington’s underground punk scene. He founded Windian in 2010, releasing recordings from local bands the Shirks, the Electricutions and the swan-song single from his own group, the Points.
In a New York Times review of the Points’ 2008 self-titled album, music critic Ben Ratliff wrote, “their record has poor sound quality, bad graphics and crooked typesetting, and it’s nearly perfect.”
In Washington, fans knew the Points for their ferocious live shows fueled by Jackson’s pummeling drumming. The trio made righteous noise at various venues across the city and served as the unofficial house band at Fight Club, a D.I.Y. show space near the Washington Convention Center.
Brady says plans for a memorial service and a memorial fund for Jackson’s family are still being organized.
UPDATE: A memorial fund for Jackson’s wife and one-year-old son has been established here.