Our brother Joe left us Monday night (May 25, Memorial Day, 2020) after a two-year battle with cancer. 

Though best known as the bass player for the seminal hardcore act 7 Seconds (think “New Wind” era), in recent years, Joe was so supportive of the local scene (San Francisco / Oakland) most people knew him more as a photographer or as the guy who would print free flyers and stickers for their band. Or as the big dude who would unsolicitedly help you load up the van after a gig.

Others may have known him through his involvement with Pinball Mafia (along with East Bay punk icon, Emmett Cadigan) and the underground pinball scene.

Few young bloods even knew he played music at all—a testament to Joe’s modesty.

And everyone loved the guy.

None more than the instrumental noise-rock band, Glaciers (a Bansuelo favorite), who chose Joe’s son, Joaquin, to star in their recently-released video:

Years ago, when Joe told us that he and his partner, Gaea were having a baby, we all knew he would be an incredible father. And for 17 years, he and Joaquin were inseparable. Father, son, best friends.

“Keeno” (Joaquin was born with Reno blood, hence the nickname) has all the style, personality and wisdom attributed to his pops. A great kid.

On a personal note, I have known Joe for 30-plus years, first as a rabid 7 Seconds fan, and then as a friend and bandmate.

“Oh, he’ll beat this,” I naively thought upon hearing the initial news he was sick. And I was right … for a time, anyway.

It’s important to me to let the world know that he beat cancer. I look up to the guy. Joe was so positive. So strong.

Sadly, after a short time in remission, the disease came back last year with a vengeance.

We got our old band back together, played a few shows, recorded and made this:

This was only a couple of months back. Joe was enduring intense chemo at the time, yet never complained. Incredible.

He told us: “…I want to keep playing [music] till the wheels fall off…”

And that is exactly what the guy did.

To me, Joe was, will always be, a rock star.

Support his family’s GoFundMe here. 


  1. Fundraiser for Joseph Bansuelo’s Family:

    Other bands Joe played with include Criminal Mischief, Earl, Bandersnatch, Green Light the Bombers, Pre-Legendary and Cutlass Supreme. He also participated in countless other musical projects with his best friend, Ryan Sullivan over the years.

    Joe’s Photography: https://www.instagram.com/bansuelo/

    7 Seconds – New Wind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5Lg44Tow0I

    7 Seconds Live – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj2x-BxN8cg

  2. Well written Sasha. I know it’s been a long time , Joe was a great person and friend. He had my back when no one else did. I will miss him and wish I could have been there to say goodbye.

    Ed Foley

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