The Faceless recently came under fire after they reportedly played a sloppy, abbreviated set during the June 10 date of the Bay Area Death Fest in Berkeley, CA. The group were supposed to perform “Planetary Duality” in full, but they showed up super late and only played about half the album. Now, their manager E.J. Shannon has commented on the situation via Facebook.
Shannon said the following:
“I’ll address what happened at BADF. The Faceless left to head to the show and 30 minutes into the drive their van broke down. I had to find a mechanic to come into his shop on a Sunday to fix the van. By the time the van got fixed, it was cutting it very close for The Faceless to make it to the show on time to play their set.
At this point, a lot of bands would just cancel the show and move on to the next one. But we are really trying to turn The Faceless‘ reputation around and make things right with the fans, so we decided to have the band rush up to Northern California and play their set, despite being extremely late.
Once they got there, there were a few kinks that needed to be worked out with the laptop, so it took them a bit longer to set up than usual. It was the first day of tour, and they hadn’t gotten to sound check because they were so late due to the van breaking down. Lots of bands (not all, but lots) have issues on the first day of tour, but these are usually fixed during sound check. By the time they were able to get set up and start playing, they only had about 30 minutes before the venue had to cut them off due to a strict sound curfew. So they played what they could from Planetary Duality. As for the sloppy playing…would you play a perfect set after a stressful day like that?
Michael Keene is working on bringing this band back to where it once was. The rest of the shows after BADF have been great, and so will all of the future shows. Shit happens, but The Faceless is moving forward.”
Shannon also shared receipts for the van repairs. This news comes after Michael Keene was forced to rebuild The Faceless after everyone exited the group. Keene has since faced public allegations of heroin addiction.