Peter Hayes, the drummer with London dream pop band Echo Lake tragically passed away on Thursday 21 June. A long-time personal friend of the site, it fills us with huge sadness that such a talented and gentle soul could have his life cut so short at such a young age.

As well as being an incredibly talented drummer, Pete worked as a camera assistant for various television companies and indeed on occasion for our own Best Fit Sessions – most notably with Oh Land.

Our dearest and deepest thoughts go out to Pete’s family, his girlfriend Caroline – a former editor at Best Fit and of course his loyal band mates Linda, Thom, Steve and Kier.

We will be donating a portion of The Line Of Best Fit’s revenue to the British Heart Foundation in memory of Pete. If you’re able, we urge you to give to the same cause – whether big or small. It would mean the world to Pete and his family at this extremely difficult time. A Just Giving page dedicated to Pete has been created which you can access here.

Echo Lake’s debut album Wild Peace is out Monday 25 June. This is reason to celebrate: massively devoted to the band from day one, we’re certain Pete will be looking down from the heavens with his unforgettable wide eyed smile, proud as punch.

Pete was 25 years old. He will be dearly missed by all.

An official statement from Pete’s friend and band mate Thom Hill can be read here.

Make a donation to the British Heart Foundation via Just Giving.