Eyehategod’s Mike IX Williams Fires Back At Arkansas Senator: “Your Moral Crusade Against Basic Human Rights Will Be Fought At Every Turn”

As previously reported, Arkansas state senator Jason Rapert (R) was calling for a boycott of Vinos in Little Rock, AR due to an ad for Eyehategod’s May 24 show at the venue, which featured an image of Rapert eating a baby. Eyehategod frontman Mike IX Williams has since fired back at the senator saying his “moral crusade against basic human rights will be fought at every turn.”

Williams said the following:

“Open letter to Sen. Jason Rapert (R):

Thank you for all the attention you’ve given the EyeHateGod show in Little Rock, Arkansas. Any image that was used of you is protected under the First Amendment, which supposedly protects us “Americans.”

Please stick to destroying peoples lives by trying to ban same sex marriage, opposing medical marijuana legalization, threatening minorities, and absolutely attacking women’s right to choose. Your moral crusade against basic human rights will be fought at every turn.

Mike IX Williams
EYEHATEGOD
Southern Nihilism Front””

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Arkansas Senator Calls For Venue Boycott Over An Eyehategod Ad

Arkansas state senator Jason Rapert (R) is calling for a boycott of Vinos in Little Rock, AR due to an ad for Eyehategod’s May 24 show at the venue. The poster features an unauthorized image of Rapert eating a baby.

The senator commented:

“Boycott Vinos in Little Rock

Friends, I rarely share with you the hateful posts and pictures that extreme liberals make about me to torment my stand for better moral values. But this time I want you to see what they have done. They use my image on an event without my permission and they depict me “biting a baby” in my mouth. A wicked and evil depiction on an event entitled “Eyehategod”.

I call on Vinos in Little Rock to cancel this event and apologize for such a disrespectful image that shows the dehumanization of babies lives. It is disrespectful of all who value babies lives and people of faith. They also clearly welcome the Satanic Temple in another post I am sharing. I urge you NOT to frequent Vinos and stand against their hateful rhetoric.”

Eyehategod Announce Spring Tour With The Obsessed & Antiseen

Eyehategod have announced a spring tour with The Obsessed. Antiseen will also perform on select dates.

Tour Dates’

03/29 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live (no Antiseen)
03/30 Austin, TX – Lost Well (no Antiseen)
03/31 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey (no Antiseen)
04/01 Oklahoma City, OK – 87th Street (no Antiseen)
04/02 St. Louis, MO – Fubar (no Antiseen)
04/03 Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks (no Antiseen)
04/04 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
04/05 Nashville, TN – The Tap Room
04/06 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
04/07 Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlies
04/08 Chesapeake, VA – The Riff House
04/09 Chapel Hill, NC – 506
04/10 Jacksonville, FL – Nighthawks
04/11 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
04/12 Miami, FL – Gramps (no Antiseen)
04/13 New Orleans, LA – Howlin Wolf

Eyehategod & The Obsessed Announce September U.S. Tour

Eyehategod and The Obsessed have announced a September U.S. tour together. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

09/12 Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
09/13 Boston, MA – Middle East
09/14 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
09/15 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
09/16 Raleigh, NC – Pour House
09/17 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage
09/18 Portland, ME – Genos
09/19 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk
09/20 Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club
09/21 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
09/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit
09/23 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
09/24 Memphis, TN – Growlers

Guitarist Brian Patton Issues Statement On His Exit From Eyehategod

Brian Patton has officially commented on his departure from Eyehategod. You can read what he had to say below. As previously reported, the guitarist left to focus on his family.

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Patton said the following:

“Touring and being away from my family started to get harder after my daughter was born. Then soon after the arrival of my son, I left for a six-week tour. While I was away, both kids had some serious health scares. Being away from my family while that happened, along with an increasingly busy tour schedule, I decided the best thing for me was to step down. To concrete this decision, after a visit with my wife’s parents earlier this year, it became clear that my in-laws’ health was rapidly fading and they needed our help. So my family and I have moved to Greensboro, North Carolina to care for them full time.

Trust me when I say that this has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. After being in this band for twenty-five years — over half of my life — to say that I will miss it is a huge understatement. I already miss it. Ultimately, I want to be at home with my family. But more importantly, I am truly needed at home. I love my brothers in EYEHATEGOD, of course, and wish them nothing but the best. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and the music I have played throughout the years. I hope to see you all soon. I plan on playing again in some form or fashion. But for now, my family comes first.”

Eyehategod’s Mike IX Williams Says Guitarist Brian Patton Quit To Focus On His Family

Eyehategod’s Mike IX Williams was recently interviewed by Hayley Leggs at Hellfest in Clisson, France and addressed the absence of guitarist Brian Patton. According to Williams, Patton quit to focus on his family life.

Williams said the following:

“He quit, because he has a new baby. He has two kids now — he has a new baby — and he’s taking care of his wife’s parents; they’re having some health issues, I believe. So it’s for a good cause, but he couldn’t tour with us anymore. But it’s fun being a four-piece; I like the sound and the vibe and everything. So it’s kind of like a new era of the band.”

On another note, Williams also offered an update on the group’s new album:

“We were listening to the demo today on our drive here. We have a demo of, I think, maybe five or six songs. But I think we’re gonna re-record it. ‘Cause now we’re a four-piece band. And with my health thing over with, it’s kind of like a new era of the band.”

He went on to say it will “hopefully” be released in 2019:

“I don’t wanna say anything. We did that for 14 years — we kept going, ‘Oh, it’s coming out next year’ — and it took 14 years to put out a new record.”

He also added:

“We’re not one of those bands that tours, puts out an album, tours… We do it when we want to and when we feel… I mean, bands like that, sometimes they put out shitty albums ’cause they just write stuff very quickly. We just wanna take our time and write good songs.”

As far as the sound of the new material, he said:

“It’s the same EYEHATEGOD. We’re like AC/DC. It’s EYEHATEGOD; it’s gonna sound like EYEHATEGOD. Different riffs, different lyrics, but the sound is ours.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Eyehategod & Cro-Mags Announce Spring 2018 Tour

Eyehategod and Cro-Mags have announced a spring tour together. Check out the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

03/15 Houston, TX – White Oak
03/16 Dallas, TX – Trees
03/17 Little Rock, AR – Vinos
03/18 Kansas City, MO – Riot ROom
03/19 Omaha, NE – Royal Grove
03/20 Iowa City, IA – Gabes
03/21 Evansville, IN – Docs
03/22 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
03/23 Lombard, IL – Brauerhouse
03/24 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
03/25 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk
03/26 Cincinnati, OH – Northside
03/27 Johnson City, TN – Hideaway
03/28 Raleigh, NC – Pour House (with Buzzov•en)
03/29 Charlottesville, VA – Champion (with Buzzov•en)
03/30 Atlanta, GA – The Earl (with Buzzov•en)
03/31 Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic
04/01 Margate, FL – O Malley’s