As previously reported, Santa Cruz recently made headlines after allegedly using pre-recorded tracks during their April 6 show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. Now, frontman Archie Cruz has shared a new video statement in which he denied the “miming” accusations.
Cruz said the following:
“I just feel like I need to clear some shit out. Obviously, there’s been a lot of backlash after our show at the Whisky last Wednesday. And we’ve been accused of ‘miming’ on the track, which is not true. We did have backing tracks, but we just had some layers, and that is literally what every fucking big band is doing right now, which just happened to fuck up the timing, so I feel like I need to clear that out right now.
He then shared his vocal track, while adding:
“This is my vocal. This is what I do live. That’s my track. That’s 100 percent live. And what we had in the P.A. was an octave-lower harmony and an octave-higher harmony to back that shit up. So, please do not talk about something you don’t know anything about or do not accuse us of doing something that’s not true. So, piss off and shut the fuck up.”
Cruz also took to his Instagram story to apologize to SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk after previously blasting him for calling out the band for their use of pre-recorded tracks:
“…I’d like to extend a public apology to @eddietrunk. Even though I don’t think he was in the right for what he did, calling him names was NOT the move and not how one should behave.”
Trunk has since responded as well:
“As I said during my show yesterday this issue is way beyond just @SantaCruzBand. I actually like the band & had Archie on once. I appreciate the apology but I personally will always believe live rock should be live. And a TON of bands do NOT play to tracks.”