Local punk icon Eric il-Punk has passed away on Sunday. Those familiar with the Maltese punk scene would have definitely crossed paths with Eric. In a heartfelt message left on the band’s page, the band said that they would like to remember Eric as strong in his ideals, caring, and a positive person.
Eric il-Punk had formed Abstrass back in 1979. The band used to practice at Tigne Fortress, which was discovered by Eric as a place to rehearse. Tigne Barracks were used up to 1987 by the same band according to local website Rejects.com.mt. The band lived on despite the numerous changes in line up and performed in a vast number of live performances. Their 25th anniversary was celebrated with a special album release.
In a 2013 interview on Ħadd Għalik, had spoken of how he became a punk and how we was influenced by Sex Pistols and Anarchy in the UK, among others from that time.
Producer Howard Keith Debono remembered Eric in a Facebook post as a very kind man.