Homewrecker Guitarist & Bassist Quit Band

Guitarist Paul Alosio and bassist Dalton Edwards have both announced their departure from Homewrecker. This news comes after frontman Matt Barnum was fired from the band following sexual misconduct allegations and after drummer Matt Izzi was kicked out of Scorched and Crypt Rot for similar accusations.

Alosio issued the following statement:

“I need to speak.

I am crushed beyond belief. Absolutely devastated that one of my band mates and someone I considered to be a best friend lived this secret life that hurt so many people. I am sorry that I have not said something sooner, I wanted to hear everyone’s stories as they came forward.

I truly believe Matt Barnum is sick and for being so close to him I feel an immense amount of guilt. For being too naive to see what was right underneath my nose. In the past I can remember one specific instance in which he had made someone I knew uncomfortable, and when I told him to make things right he apologized to that person. I’m obviously not going to add this girl’s name out of respect. I had thought that was the extent as to how far anything like this could go. I was very, very wrong about that. His issues go way deeper.

I trusted him and I believed his lies. I am disgusted, furious, sick to my stomach, and so remorseful that I was so blind to it. I just wish I had known.

I am so sorry if by being in Homewrecker I in any way helped to enable this behavior. I put everything I had into it, I was passionate about the music and what we could accomplish as friends.

Homewrecker was one of my favorite bands before I joined. I looked up to these guys and I never in a million years would have thought that this would be the outcome. Anyone who knows me, who really knows me, knows that I would never stand for this. I feel like I was manipulated into trusting him and being there for him as a friend. But my feelings aren’t worth half as much as the women speaking up now, they have been betrayed, manipulated, and we need to listen to their stories.

I will listen to what you have to say and I will believe you, I will support you and I hope you are able to heal. If there is anything i can do to help, i will do it without question.”

“It goes without saying beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am no longer a part of Homewrecker. I alpologize if that was not clear with my statement yesterday.

I don’t know what the future holds for me, I don’t know if I ever even want to play in a band again, and I feel so sick about everything, but for right now the thing everyone needs to know is that I cannot stay in that situation for a moment longer.”

Edwards also issued a statement:

“I am absolutely devastated after reading and hearing all that I have the past two days.

My first hardcore experience was a show I attended at West End. My friend and I went to see a band called Homewrecker and they quickly turned into one of my favorites. I probably went to 95% of the shows that happened at that venue from then on and I made sure I was at every Homewrecker show after that. Years later, I had the opportunity to join the band and I have been a part of it for the past 10 months. I was very excited to join as I thought that would never happen. Now, after reading and hearing everything that is being brought forward, I regret ever being a part of this band and I want absolutely nothing to do with the name.

Thinking back to all of the good times I had at that venue makes me feel sick. We were all having a blast during the shows but what was going on there after hours is a completely different story. It was supposed to be a safe space for people to come hang out and enjoy music but in reality it was the exact opposite.

There are many more victims than the ones who experienced something terrible at west end and you all need to know that each and every one of your stories are equally as important. I hear you and I believe you. I will stand with all of you until the end. This type of behavior cannot be tolerated at all.”

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Homewrecker Fire Matt Barnum Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Homewrecker have officially fired Matt Barnum. This news comes after multiple women accused the frontman of sexual misconduct.

The band issued the following statement:

“Over the past 24 hours I’ve been spending my time reaching out to women who have been sharing their stories, and that is my first priority. This has given me the opportunity to listen, learn, and engage in one on one conversations.

This is about women being heard, and to me I did not fully understand the true gravity of what was going on. I am sick! Matt Barnum’s behavior over time has been carefully crafted in order to conceal his true intentions, while deceiving his closest friends.

I empathize with all those who have been extremely brave to share their stories, as well as the ones who have yet to. My heart pours out for you. I am listening, I am here, and this is very terrible—beyond comprehension. I feel like someone I have known for 10+ years has been a lie, and now I’m getting a full picture at the type of man he is, it’s terrifying.

We all knew Barnum was flirtatious, he was a mutual friend with everybody, and slept around. I found out today, he would give guests lists spots and merch in exchange for nudes. I found out today, he booked tours around which cities a women he was talking to, so they can hook up while everybody would be sleeping.

I’m fucking pissed off, because when I started this band with Ryan Spoz 12 years ago, it was a passion, a love for creating music with your best friends. Writing songs about personal problems provided me an outlet to express myself, only to be driven into the ground by Barnum’s egotistical lying using the band for the sole purpose of manipulating and taking advantage of young women.

I’m ashamed to be proud of being in this band. I’m ashamed in myself for not digging and prying deeper to fully know what the hell is really happening.

I’ve struggled with confrontation for a long time, so challenging him in the past on what goes against my moral beliefs, only to be manipulated to make me feel crazy at times, even guilty is just truly crushing. He’s a fucking con, and I’m angry!

Our relationship was hollow, and far from genuine. The last four years I had to slowly step back from this band, and start to grow up and take control of my life. He never has once taken accountability in anything, you pour your heart out to him, and he turns it around on you. I’m truly sick seeing all of this, and what I’ve learned from reaching out is it’s all true. I hear you all!

There’s a Barnum everywhere especially in the music scene. It needs to end, now! All need to be held accountable.

The respect I have for this platform to show the truth is huge, and sadly it is just unfolding. I don’t want this to end, so please if anybody wants to talk about this—I am here for you. Know you’re not alone.

I want to make it clear without question, Matt Barnum is no longer a part of Homewrecker. I along with the rest of my bandmates vehemently oppose his actions and do not condone this despicable behavior.

– Matt Izzi, Paul Aloisio, Dalton Edwards“

Homewrecker’s Matt Barnum Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Homewrecker’s Matt Barnum has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. One of the alleged victims shared a series of tweets in which she said the frontman solicited nudes from her when she was only 16:

After coming forward on Twitter, the woman launched an Instagram account so more girls can share their stories about Barnum. Some allegations against drummer Matt Izzi have surfaced as well.

Good Fight Music have also responded to the accusations by dropping Homewrecker from the label :

“It has come to our attention that multiple women have accused Matt Barnum of Homewrecker of sexual misconduct while underage over the last number of years.

Good Fight Music is no longer associated with Homewrecker effective immediately. We will never tolerate, condone, or stay silent about sexual aggression on our roster, especially towards minors. BELIEVE WOMEN.“

Harm’s Way guitarist Bo Lueders commented as well:

[via Lambgoat]

Homewrecker Premiere New Songs “Create Sin” And “Broken Beliefs”

Homewrecker have premiered two new songs, “Create Sin” and “Broken Beliefs.“ You can stream those tracks below. Matt Barnum commented:

“These songs are the best representation of us and our sound. Punk, metal, and hardcore are constantly in our rotation and always will be. Love it or hate it, this is Homewrecker.”

Venom Prison & Homewrecker Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour

Venom Prison and Homewrecker have announced a co-headlining North American tour. Call Of The Void, Joy, and Great American Ghost will join them on select dates.

Tour Dates:

09/13 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/14 Quebec City, QC – La Source de la Martinière (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/15 Waterford, NY – Chrome (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/16 Somerville, MA – Once Ballroom (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/18 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/19 Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/20 Indianapolis, IN – The Citadel (with Call Of The Void & Joy)
09/21 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary (with Call Of The Void)
09/22 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge (with Call Of The Void)
09/24 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room (with Call Of The Void)
09/25 Denver, CO – Larmier Lounge (with Call Of The Void)
09/26 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court (with Great American Ghost)
09/27 Boise, ID – The Shredder (with Great American Ghost)
09/28 Seattle, WA – El Corazon (Funhouse) (with Great American Ghost)
09/29 Portland, OR – Paris Theatre (with Great American Ghost)
10/01 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk (with Great American Ghost)
10/02 Los Angeles, CA – Five Star Bar (with Great American Ghost)
10/03 Las Vegas, NV – American Legion Post 8 (with Great American Ghost)
10/04 Mesa, AZ – Club Red (with Great American Ghost)
10/06 Dallas, TX – Club DaDa (with Great American Ghost)
10/07 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (with Great American Ghost)
10/08 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live (with Great American Ghost)
10/09 New Orleans, LA – Santos (with Great American Ghost)
10/10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (with Great American Ghost)
10/11 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 (with Great American Ghost)
10/12 Washington, DC – The Pinch (with Great American Ghost)
10/13 Amityville, NY – Revolution (with Great American Ghost)

Homewrecker Announce U.S. Tour With Creeping Death & Funeral Chic

Homewrecker have announced U.S. tour with Creeping Death and Funeral Chic. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

02/07 Youngstown, OH – Westside Bowl (Homewrecker only)
02/08 Louisville, KY – Riot Skatepark
02/10 Charlotte, NC – Skylark Social Club
02/11 Atlanta, GA – 529 Bar
02/12 Jacksonville, FL – Nighthawks
02/14 Houston, TX – The White Swan
02/15 Austin, TX – Barracuda (no Funeral Chic) (feat. Incendiary & Judiciary)
02/16 Dallas, TX – Club Dada (no Funeral Chic) (feat. Incendiary & Judiciary)
02/17 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
02/18 St. Louis, MO – The Sinkhole
02/19 Cincinnati, OH – NSYC

Homewrecker Added To All Pigs Must Die’s September East Coast Dates

Homewrecker will be supporting All Pigs Must Die (Converge, The Hope Conspiracy, etc.) on their September East Coast shows. Here’s the dates for that run:

09/06 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage
09/07 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
09/08 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
09/09 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus

Homewrecker Premiere “Bound By Validation” Video

Homewrecker have premiered a new video for their new song “Bound By Validation,” via Kerrang!. This track is from the band’s new album “Hell Is Here Now,” which will be released on April 27.

Guitarist and vocalist Matt Barnum commented:

“Bound By Validation focuses on another interpretation of Hell. [It represents] the chaos that can consume your mind if you are constantly seeking approval, and can’t do anything based on your own consciousness. Second guessing and doubting yourself could lead to a downward spiral of mental health issues, creating a personal hell inside your mind.”

He also added that shadow figures in the clip “represent those [negative] feelings as they lurk over you through time.”

Homewrecker Premiere New Song “Land Of The Damned”

Homewrecker have premiered a new song titled “Land Of The Damned,” via Metal Injection. This track is from the band’s new album “Hell Is Here Now,” which will be released on April 27.

The group commented:

“This song is one of our favorites from the record. In a time where you don’t really know who you can trust, especially when dealing with people of power, ‘Land Of The Damned‘ reminds you that there are people willing to run you into the ground if they can gain from it. ‘Truth lies in the eyes of the dead, chaos reigns in the land of the damned.’”

Homewrecker Premiere New Song “Fade To Oblivion”, Reveal Details For New Album “Hell Is Here Now”

Homewrecker have premiered a new song titled “Fade To Oblivion.” This track features Vein‘s Anthony DiDio, and it will appear on the band’s new album “Hell Is Here Now,” which will be released on April 27.

The group commented:

“This song is like a summary of what the album is trying to portray by including the elements of hardcore and punk into the main theme of metal. It’s a look at the struggle with inner conflict and rather than seeking help, letting it pull you into an endless cycle of your own ‘hell.’ Making this album was the most in-depth we’ve ever gone. We spent a lot of time perfecting every song and taking inspiration from our favorite bands new and old. We feel it’s our best LP yet.”

“Hell Is Here Now” Track Listing:

01. “Burden Of Self”
02. “One With Torment”
03. “Bound By Validation”
04. “Fade To Oblivion” (feat. Anthony DiDio)
05. “Constant Eyes”
06. “Buried And Suffering”
07. “Land Of The Damned”
08. “Rope Of Skin”
09. “Growing From Nothing”
10. “Demons In Disguise”
11. “Final Rest”
12. “Perpetrators”

[via Revolver]