Bad Wolves guitarist Doc Coyle and drummer John Boecklin have further discussed their decision to part ways with frontman Tommy Vext during a recent livestream. According to them, “it was just past the point of going back” and the split was “not about cancel culture.”
Boecklin said the following:
“It’s sad to say that we had to part ways, or that he left, or that he was fired, whatever. Like, fuck all that shit. It’s just something that had to take its course like this. It was just past the point of going back. We understand where any fan would come from. ‘What’s this band without Tommy?’ or whatever, we understand it. But we’re here and we’re going to write the sickest record that we’ve ever done with a new guy and you can take it or leave it. Not as, like, a threat or anything, it’s just kinda like, you know, we’re here to just do business as usual. We’re musicians and that’s all we’ve ever done. Now we’re just going to push forward.”
“And it’s like ‘Is this about politics?’ ‘Is this about this and that?’ Right now, what we would like to say is this is not about cancel culture, in what has transpired with the band. Doc has had his political views since I’ve known him. Since, fuck, when we first met in 2004. Tommy definitely became much, much, much more of a political person in the light of COVID when that hit.
However, they were still managing since the band began, if he had these ways or whatever. So it’s not all about canceling someone over some bullshit. We have too much to hold on to cancel someone over their political beliefs of anything. So I want to keep certain words out of it and all that crap and I know I sound like I’m being vague and cryptic, I’m not trying to be. I’m just not trying to be a drama bitch that’s just letting everything bleed out. We want the best for everyone who was and is in this band.”
“And, kinda to that point, I just want to say, we live in very divisive times right now, where whatever is going on kind of in the big picture is really turning friend against friend, family member against family member. And, to me, music, heavy metal, rock and roll, hardcore, punk, was about overcoming our differences, you know? And, it’s like, you go to a Metallica show, and is it about what political party you’re from? Or is it like, we’re all going to sing along to ‘Creeping Death‘? The whole point of it is that we want to put forward a more inclusive idea that, I don’t care, I REALLY do not care who you support, where you’re coming from, it’s about the music.”
“Ultimately, that’s the thing that matters. And I have family members that disagree with me on certain things and friends. That’s not the most important thing to me. It’s not. I would never, ‘I don’t want to talk to you cuz you believe…’ No! I’m not about that. At all. So I just want to set that straight. That’s not how it is. I just think we need to, we need to as a band, set a standard of casting a wide net and saying everyone’s welcome here. And that’s something… that’s just a value that I hold true.”
“I mean, I will say that the band did kind of feel, to express how much this isn’t about cancel culture. The band definitely…Tommy’s views are very strong and very outspoken and out there. Where the band was being perceived, sort of, a certain way. As being extreme right wing. And we still, we would’ve and did…I would hang out with Tommy all the time recording this third record. Which is going to be a different thing now, but I would never speak of anything he posted about.
I would always try to disconnect from that and just remain being friends. I would never talk politics with him….I would just let him use that part of his life to get what he wanted out of it and express how me and him… we never had one political argument. Ever. I promised myself I wouldn’t say ‘politics’ in this, but I did. I’m just saying, it’s not about cancel culture once again.”
It’s worth noting that Vext’s departure came after he continued to make headlines for his right-wing and conspiracy theory beliefs, including his controversial takes on racism. It also comes after the vocalist was accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend Whitney Johns, who has since been granted a two-year domestic violence restraining order against him. Vext claimed those allegations were part of an “extortion attempt” and that he had been exonerated. The singer is now planning to start a solo career and says there is “no animosity” between him and the band.
[via Metal Injection]