Tommy Gibbons (Ex-Flaw): “I’ve Decided To Completely Step Away From Music”

As previously reported, Flaw recently parted ways with guitarist/bassist Tommy Gibbons after he took the blame for the plagiarism allegations against the band. Now, Gibbons has issued a new statement saying he has “decided to completely step away from music.”

Gibbons said the following:

“Hey guys it’s been awhile and I’m just gonna get right to the point. I’ve decided to completely step away from music. I have no regrets and I’ve had an amazing and I mean amazing time!

Now it’s time for the next chapter of my life. Gonna focus on my son, enjoy the Holidays with my family and maybe even try to dabble in the family business. Who knows?

That’s the best part of life. Sometimes you just need to press restart. To all those who truly supported me I say thank you and I love you all.”

In related news, Flaw have since cancelled their remaining 2019 dates. The band are currently working on new music and are trying to rebuild their lineup. Chris Volz said the following about that:

“Hey Flaw Family, just wanted to give everyone a heads up about our recent progress and plans for the future. We had 5 concerts left to perform this year that we are postponing and re-scheduling for next year-2020 (all pre-sale tix will be honored)….

We are taking the rest of the year off to get the crew back to where it should be and finish a new album. We feel that focusing on finding a solid bass player and re-adding a 2nd guitarist is at the top of our priority list right now. We have received dozens of video auditions for the open bass position but are still accepting submissions for both bass and 2nd guitar (email videos to: chrsvolz@gmail.com).

We have also been working on some amazing brand new material and hope to have another album ready to go in the 1st quarter of next year! Sending much love and respect to you all and hope you have an amazing Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with your families! You better believe we’re coming back stronger than ever! See you all early next year!
OTSS!!! 🤘😎🤘”

[via The PRP]

Flaw Part Ways With Tommy Gibbons

Flaw have officially parted ways with guitarist/bassist Tommy Gibbons. This news comes after he recently took the blame for the plagiarism allegations against the band.

Chris Volz commented:

“Flaw Family:

-It is with a heavy heart I have to announce that we have parted ways with guitarist/bassist Tommy Gibbons. I know most of you have seen the bad press over the past few weeks and know the situation I have been put in, I really had no choice but to let him go. I can not and will not tolerate unauthorized use of any artists material whatsoever, no matter the excuse.

The integrity of Flaw and every project I have ever worked on is extremely important, and I can not accept any form of plagiarism or misuse of other people’s material. I have worked too hard and sacrificed too much for the past 20 years to let anyone ruin that. Flaw will persevere through this and we will come out stronger in the end.

We wish Tommy the best in his future endeavors and hope he has learned a valuable lesson from all of this. He’s not a bad guy and is an amazing string player so I hope he can realize the severity of his actions, correct this behavior, make it right with all parties involved, and move on. I can not in good conscience continue to work with him or have him as a representative of the Flaw crew.

That being said, we are currently accepting video auditions for a new bassist, please send video of live performance play-a-long to our songs ‘Payback‘ and ‘Whole‘ to: chrsvolz@gmail.com (my name without the ‘i’) and we will get back to you for a full physical audition. Thank you all for your understanding during this difficult time and we can’t wait to see you all soon on the next tour!”

Flaw’s Tommy Gibbons On Plagiarism Allegations: “I Take Full And All Responsibility For The Accusations And Bad Press”

As previously reported, Flaw have been facing multiple allegations of plagiarism due to a number of songs from their latest album, “Vol. IV Because Of The Brave,” containing music taken from various YouTubers. Tommy Gibbons has since issued a statement taking blame for the situation and claiming that he basically forgot which tracks were his and which ones he took inspiration from.

This whole mess started after YouTuber Douglas Patrick accused the group of using his “music melody and structure” from “KoЯn style_Nu Metal/Rap Metal/Beat Instrumental 14” on their song “Wake Up.“ Chris Volz then responded to the situation saying that he was unaware about the plagiarized riffs and that he “made an offer to compensate [Patrick] for his work.” However, another report ended up surfacing saying that the band allegedly plagiarized another track by Patrick, “KoЯn style_Nu Metal/Rap Metal/Beat Instrumental 22“, on their song “Persistence.“

After that, the group got accused of copying Sound For Production’s “Electro Metal Trailer” and “Intensity Metal Signal“ on their songs “On Your Feet” and “Sign Of The Times.” Although, those tracks were available for future licensing, so it’s possible that the band could have purchased them like they did with Riff Master T’s “Nu Metal Instrumental 2,” which was used on “Conquer This Climb.“

Eventually, an old post in which Gibbons claimed to have written one of the allegedly plagiarized riffs ended up emerging. That brings us up to the present, when he decided to officially take responsibility for the allegations:

“As many of you know, I am the current bass/guitar player for FLAW. I was tasked with writing the music for our most recent album, ‘VOL IV: Because Of The Brave‘. To clarify, this is the only record I’ve recorded with FLAW and I had no hand in previous recordings. I have been writing and recording music for over 15 years.

I, like many other musicians, look to YouTube for inspiration and creative ways to challenge myself and learn more. Over the years I have listened to and re recorded hundreds and hundreds of songs online. I also have hundreds and hundreds of songs recorded on my studio computer which have been compiled over the last 10 or so years, some of them mine and some of them taken from other inspiration.

I regretfully did not label and differentiate the music I wrote and recorded from a blank slate versus the inspiration I found and re-recorded as I was trying to further myself. As I was going through hours and hours of previously recorded material to present to Chris for the new album, clearly a specific style in my catalog stuck out to me.

These are things I re-recorded years ago and did not label where they actually came from. This is where I went terribly wrong. I took the tracks I re-recorded not knowing their true original source and presented them to Chris which in turn he worked tirelessly to write and record original lyrics and vocals to. He entrusted me with something that I thought I was going to truly impress him with and I let him down.

I take full and all responsibility for the accusations and bad press that has been flooding social media recently. None of the other band members had any knowledge or reason to believe these songs were written by anyone else, they are free and clear of any responsibility or wrongdoing. To all my friends and fans, I want you to know that this was a royal mistake on my part, and by no means did I intentionally try to steal or plagiarize any other musicians music.

I will do what I can to rectify this situation including any compensation for the original writers. We have made contact with him and are working on an agreement. Again, I am sorry to those I have let down including my bandmates who had no participation in writing the music for these recordings. I understand and respect whatever decision has to be made by the band because of this and I hope I will continue to see all of you along the way. I’m sorry and thank you.”

Volz commented as well:

“Thank you for owning up to your mistakes Tommy, hopefully the BS gossip queens can take a nap now……”

[via The PRP]

Flaw Allegedly Copied More Songs From YouTube

As previously reported, YouTuber Douglas Patrick recently accused Flaw of plagiarism, saying that the band allegedly used his “music melody and structure” from “KoЯn style_Nu Metal/Rap Metal/Beat Instrumental 14” on their song “Wake Up.“ Frontman Chris Volz then responded to the situation saying that he was unaware about the plagiarized riffs and that he “made an offer to compensate [Patrick] for his work.” After that, a report surfaced saying that the band allegedly plagiarized another track by Patrick, “KoЯn style_Nu Metal/Rap Metal/Beat Instrumental 22“, on their song “Persistence.“ Now, The PRP have posted a new story that says the group also allegedly copied Sound For Production’s “Electro Metal Trailer” and “Intensity Metal Signal“ on their songs “On Your Feet” and “Sign Of The Times.” You can listen to those four songs below. It’s worth noting that the Sound For Production tracks were available for future licensing, so it’s possible that the band could have purchased them like they did with Riff Master T’s “Nu Metal Instrumental 2,” which was used on “Conquer This Climb.“ That being said, The PRP have also found a post from guitarist/bassist Tommy Gibbons in which he claimed to have written one of the allegedly plagiarized riffs. You can find a screenshot of that below as well.

Flaw Allegedly Plagiarized Another Song From The Same YouTuber

As previously reported, YouTuber Douglas Patrick recently accused Flaw of plagiarism, saying that the band allegedly used his “music melody and structure” from “KoЯn style_Nu Metal/Rap Metal/Beat Instrumental 14” on their song “Wake Up.“ Frontman Christopher Volz then responded to the situation saying that he was unaware about the plagiarized riffs and that he “made an offer to compensate [Patrick] for his work.” Now, The PRP are reporting that the band allegedly plagiarized another track, “KoЯn style_Nu Metal/Rap Metal/Beat Instrumental 22“, on their song “Persistence.“ You can listen to both of those below. It’s worth noting that The PRP also mentioned that Flaw appeared to have purchased “Nu Metal Instrumental 2” from Youtuber Riff Master T for use on “Conquer This Climb“ as well. Those tracks can also be found below.

Flaw’s Christopher Volz Says He Was Unaware Of Plagiarized Riffs: “I Am Still Trying To Process How Upset I Am Over This”

As previously reported, YouTuber Douglas Patrick recently accused Flaw of plagiarism, saying that the band allegedly used his “music melody and structure” on their song “Wake Up.“ Christopher Volz has since commented on the situation saying he was unaware about the plagiarized riffs.

Here’s Volz’s full statement:

“Flaw Family, I feel like I need to address the recent article in PRP about Flaw plagiarizing someone else’s riff. I’m addressing this here first because there has been so much crap and rhetoric being spread by our ‘haters’ and people who just want to spread drama on social media. The article also makes the whole band look bad and that is just simply not the case.

First and foremost in my 20 years in this industry I have NEVER and will NEVER steal anyone else’s music or ideas. I pride myself on writing my own lyrics and melodies and take the personal side of my music VERY seriously. I also take intellectual property rights very seriously since it is also what protects my work and art.

I recorded this new album the same way I have done all the others, I may write a full song here and there but the bulk of the albums music is written by the band members and I rearrange the songs after they are presented to me if needed. I have never ever had to experience any doubt about the tracks being presented to me as ‘legit’ originals. This new album was no different.

I was presented 12 tracks with no vocals by a member and began writing vocals right away, I had absolutely NO reason to believe the songs weren’t written by them. The fact that this one guitar riff was written by someone else years ago is a shock to me and I am still trying to process how upset I am over this. I am dealing with this band member internally and will make the appropriate future decision based on the circumstances and severity of the issue.

I have also made contact with the YouTube guy that wrote the riff and have made an offer to compensate him for his work, he is being cool about the whole thing. This whole situation has been extremely tough on me, I take my job and my art VERY seriously and seeing the way people reacted to this on social media has me questioning if I even want to continue to be in this industry anymore.

I did nothing wrong at all, all I did was write and sing my heart out like I always have and then this happens. I am beyond upset. For those of you buying into the crap being spewed by the ex-members and our ‘haters’ please remove yourself from anything related to Flaw.

If you can’t see that this was not perpetrated by the whole band, just one member who royally screwed up and is being dealt with, and that 20 plus years of blood sweat and tears pouring my whole life and soul in this industry has taken integrity and sacrifice, then I don’t know what to tell you.”

[via The PRP]

YouTuber Douglas Patrick Accuses Flaw Of Plagiarism

YouTuber Douglas Patrick has accused Flaw of plagiarism, saying that the band allegedly used his “music melody and structure” on their latest album “Vol. IV Because Of The Brave.“ According to The PRP, Patrick is claiming that the band used ideas from his 2016 video “KoЯn style_Nu Metal/Rap Metal/Beat Instrumental 14” on their song “Wake Up.“ Patrick said the following about that:

“These guys stole and plagiarized my music melody and structure. I will contact my lawyer to find out what to do. Search for ”KoЯn style_Nu Metal/Rap Metal/Beat Instrumental 14””