Norma Jean’s Cory Brandan Issues Apology Following Insensitive Post Mocking The Black Lives Matter Movement

Norma Jean’s Cory Brandan has issued an apology after posting an insensitive gif that seemed to mock the Black Lives Matter movement. The since deleted post included the words “BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH” in a font similar to the one used by the international human rights movement along with a caption that said “Roll credits.”

Brandan said the following:

“Monday, in frustration about infighting I was reading between groups with the same goal, I posted a gif without considering its context. A friend let me know the next day that it was similar to a BLM graphic, hurting supporters of the movement, so I deleted it. But the damage was done.

I had been up late following conversations about black out Tuesday. I saw creators and supporters extremely divided in approach and was calling it a night. I flippantly searched ‘blah’ and I saw the scrolling gif looking like the credits at the end of a movie. That gif inspired my text ‘roll credits,’ to say ‘goodnight, I’m out’. My ignorance to the gif’s reference is obvious to me now, though it wasn’t my intention.

Later that night, I retweeted a post from a supporter who was posting their frustration with the black out Tuesday squares driving information off the Black Lives Matter feeds.

This was all before the shit hit the fan on Tuesday with the screenshot of that gif post. I know I should have shown my empathy rather than posting gifs and retweets.

Let me be clear though, Black Lives Matter.

I understand how my shit-talking attitude, sarcasm, and the way I present myself online made it easy for people believe it was an act of aggression and not an ill-informed misstep. That’s on me, too. I take responsibility for all of it.

I respect the scene and I just ask that the other guys involved with NORMA JEAN and HUNDRED SUNS would not have to suffer for my mistake. They are still posting in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as they have been all week. They are vocal supporters and this should not reflect on them at all. No one else should have to bear the weight of my actions or the responsibility of educating me. All of that is on me alone.

I’m sorry. I don’t expect your forgiveness, but I will be better, because you deserve better.”

Understandably, a lot of people took issue with the messed up post including Stick To Your Guns frontman Jesse Barnett, ex-Beartooth guitarist Taylor Lumley, and Every Time I Die bassist Steve Micciche:

[via Blabbermouth / The PRP]

Ex-Norma Jean Drummer Shares Unfinished Video For “Vertebraille: Choke That Thief Called Dependence”

Norma Jean’s “O’ God, The Aftermath” recently turned 15 and to celebrate, former drummer Daniel Davison has shared an unfinished 2005 video for “Vertebraille: Choke That Thief Called Dependence.” You can check that out below:

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I was reminded today that “O god, the aftermath” came out 15 years ago, today. This was a very special record for me and my friends who made it, and a very special and defining period of time for me. At that time, everything for me was about art. Music as art, lyrics as art, album art work as art, live show as art, video projection as art. When I was home from tour, everything I did revolved around art – video, super 8 film, photography, assemblage and mixed media art – and for no other reasons than having an open creative outlet, responding to inspiration, and for the enjoyment in the process – anything else satisfying beyond that was a bonus.This was a nice and well timed reminder for me today. I recently found this video for the song “Vertebraille”, that I’d started to mess around with right after the record came out. I never finished it, then totally forgot about it. The live footage is from 2005. My buddy Casey and I ordered a bunch of security cameras from eBay and we would set them up around the stage and incorporate the security cam feeds in with our video projection footage each night. Somehow we figured out a way to record this security camera footage, and that’s what this video is edited from. No filters, or post glitches added, just cheap-o security cameras, and a suitcase full of RCA cables and gaff tape. #ogodtheaftermath

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Norma Jean Announce Australian Tour With Cursed Earth

Norma Jean have announced an Australian tour with Cursed Earth. Here’s the dates:

05/14 Perth, AUS – Amplifier Bar
05/15 Adelaide, AUS – Enigma Bar
05/16 Melbourne, AUS – Evelyn Hotel
05/17 Frankston, AUS – Pelly Bar
05/19 Canberra, AUS – Transit Bar
05/21 Sydney, AUS – Crowbar
05/22 Newcastle, AUS – Cambridge Hotel
05/23 Brisbane, AUS – Woolly Mammoth

Alleged Drunk Driver Crashes Into Norma Jean Frontman Cory Brandan’s Home

An alleged drunk driver crashed into the home of Norma Jean frontman Cory Brandan earlier today (December 10). He tweeted the following about that: