Slaves To Change Their Name

Slaves have announced that they will be changing their name due to its racial connotations. The band’s new album, “To Better Days” (out August 7), will be their last release before they rebrand themselves.

The group issued the following statement:

“As individuals, as well as a collective, we hold certain virtues close to our hearts – honesty and transparency with our fans being some of the most important.

Early on in the process of writing and recording the new album ‘To Better Days‘, we discussed what this new iteration of our band should sound like, what it should look like, as well as what it should be called. We decided then, this would be our last release under the name ‘Slaves‘.

The name ‘Slaves‘ was conceived as a reference to the band’s battle with substance abuse in the past, to the idea that we become enslaved by our addictions and by our own demons. Our goal has always been to tackle these difficult subjects head on, as well as to build a community and share stories of hope to let others know that their inner demons can be defeated.

However, this definition of the name neglects to take ownership of its racial connotations. As obstinate supporters of the BLM movement, we cannot continue to tour our music and our positive message to a word associated with such negative weight and hurt.

‘To Better Days‘ will represent the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another for the band. This is something we have been planning for a while and are excited to start unveiling new music, new name, later this year.

We are thankful to our fans that continue to stick by us and we look forward to sharing this new era with you moving forward.

With love and gratitude,
Colin, Felipe, Matt, Weston, Zack“

In other news, Slaves have also premiered a new video for their new song “Like I Do”:

Slaves Premiere “Wasting My Youth” Video, Reveal Details For New Album “To Better Days”

Slaves have premiered a new video for their new song “Wasting My Youth.” This track is from the band’s new album “To Better Days,” which will be released on August 7.

Vocalist Matt McAndrew said the following about the new song:

“There is a lyric, ‘The feeling I’ve repressed is going out of style.’ It’s about finding the truth and holding it back [feeling] like coming to the brink of sneezing and then missing it. You have this build up, this realization, and these feelings that are coming to a head and need to be released. Maybe that release is pleasure or maybe it’s pain or maybe just catharsis. But it’s a relief to have it out. If you miss that opportunity for release, you don’t get it again. ‘Wasting My Youth’ is about that bottled up frustration that comes from staying in a situation past its expiration date and what that does to a person.”

He also added the following about the album:

“We’re excited to finally share our new album, ‘To Better Days’, with you. I’m so proud of how this record turned out and how well we all worked together to create these songs. We feel it’s the band’s best work to date and we hope you enjoy the music as much as we enjoyed making it.”

“To Better Days” Track Listing:

01. “To Better Days”
02. “Prayers”
03. “Witch Hunt”
04. “Talk To A Friend”
05. “Eye Opener”
06. “Bury A Lie”
07. “Heavier”
08. “Footprints”
09. “Cursed”
10. “Wasting My Youth”
11. “Clean Again”
12. “Secrets”
13. “Like I Do”

Slaves Premiere “Bury A Lie” Video

Slaves have premiered a new video for their new song “Bury A Lie.” This track is from the band’s upcoming album “To Better Days.” Vocalist Matt McAndrew commented:

“‘Bury A Lie’ is one of the heavier songs off the album. It packs a punch and we’re excited to play it live. Like many songs on the album, the lyrics deal with the feelings of a troubled relationship. The past won’t stay dead and you’re haunted by it.”

Slaves Premiere “Prayers” Video

Slaves have premiered a new video for their new song “Prayers.” Vocalist Matt McAndrew commented:

“‘Prayers’ seemed like the best single to lead with from the upcoming LP. It’s flashy, upbeat, and comes in swinging. There are so many different vibes on the album that it would be impossible to pick one that represents the record as a whole, but ‘Prayers’ is one of our favorites. It’s a song about being in a relationship with someone that’s going off the rails.”

Slaves Announce New Frontman, Premiere “Heavier” Music Video

Slaves have welcomed Matt McAndrew to the band as their new frontman. The singer, who was a runner-up on season 7 of “The Voice”, is replacing Jonny Craig, who was kicked out of the group in January. With this news, Slaves have also premiered a new video for their new song “Heavier”:

McAndrew said the following about the new single:

“To me, ‘Heavier‘ is about being trapped in a thought loop of worry, paranoia, and ultimately shame. I have a hard time letting my demons go and when they start affecting relationships, I really feel down on myself. It’s like a physical weight. I never thought I’d be in another band.

After all, being solo offers complete artistic control and freedom. It’s only now that I’ve realized how lonely I’ve been by myself. Working with such a tight knit group is a blast, and meeting other bands that show such love for each other makes me feel accepted in a way that I haven’t experienced before.”

Drummer Zack Baker added:

“Our new single came together so quickly. We all collaborate extremely well with each other and we feel that is represented in this new track. The song itself has a dark lyrical vibe encompassing everything Slaves has been about since our debut. Having Matt around has been a great time; he meshed well with us from the first day we met him. His extensive song writing background as well as his all-around musical knowledge have been a huge asset in the studio. I know we’re all excited for this new chapter of Slaves.”

Furthermore, the band are also selling a new shirt in an effort to raise money for non-profit charities to help people that are battling addiction.

Slaves Part Ways With Jonny Craig Following Relapse

Slaves have parted with frontman Jonny Craig. The singer was removed from the group following a relapse.

The band issued the following statement:

“To Whom It May Concern:

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Jonny Craig has been removed from the band Slaves.

We all have struggles in our daily life, but for some, those struggles are personally and physically dangerous. It is no secret that Jonny has battled with addiction in his personal life, sometimes those battles are won, and most recently lost.

It’s also unfair for a band to rely on someone who just can’t rely on themselves. Addiction is a disease, and we hope Jonny gets the help that he needs. Unfortunately, Jonny chose his addiction over the band and left them high & dry while checking in for their international flight while he boarded a plane back home.

As a band we’ve worked too hard to stop now. Fans that have been touched by our music, everyone that has enjoyed our songs, to anyone that has met us as a band we will continue on with Slaves.

Unfortunately, due to this, we are forced to cancel our Bristol, UK show tonight. Never fear, thankfully, our good friend Matt McAndrew (who you’d recognize from The Voice) will be filling in on all remaining England & European dates to help us in this trying time. We also have some exciting news on the future of Slaves (we think you will be excited) coming soon.

To everyone, thank you for your continued support.

–Slaves“

Craig commented as well:

“First before I say anything I just want everyone to know how much I love and appreciate all the support I have had through these years of an amazing career.

I am not here to make a statement addressing drama or starting any. These last few months have been super overwhelming and unfortunately I have let myself break and get back to a dark place.

I wanted to wait for the band to release what they were going to say so that you guys had the info you needed to make sure you can still catch them on the ETF tour dates.

Every single person in the band put in a lot of work to make that set and it should be seen. I don’t want to make this long so I’ll get right to it. I relapsed and used and it is the reason I am stepping down from Slaves at this time.

For the first time in my career and in my life I will be doing what’s best for me and my sobriety and health and I stayed home to focus on a program and medications that will help me get back to feeling like I honestly belong out here touring and making beautiful music for each and everyone of you.

This was the right choice and I’m sorry to the band for the tight position but they have been left in at such short notice.

Again I love all of you and this isn’t me quitting music.. This is simply me just putting everything on pause like I should have done in the past and take a real honest and aggressive approach to my disease.

Thank you all for the support and love and please respect the silence that will follow this message.

Yours truly Jonny Craig“

Escape The Fate & Slaves Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Escape The Fate and Slaves have announced a North American co-headlining tour. Famous Last Words, Picturesque, and Set To Stun will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

09/06 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
09/07 Ponoma, CA – The Glasshouse
09/08 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s
09/09 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
09/11 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09/12 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
09/13 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
09/14 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
09/15 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache at Intersection
09/16 Joilet, IL – The Forge
09/18 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
09/19 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
09/20 Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
09/21 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
09/22 Quebec, QC – Salle Multi
09/23 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
09/24 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
09/26 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
09/27 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas Live
09/28 Jacksonville, NC – Tarheel Concert Lounge
09/29 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
09/30 Spartansburg, SC – Ground Zero
10/03 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
10/04 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
10/05 Miami, FL – The Ground at Club Space
10/06 Birimingham, AL – Workplay Theatre
10/07 Memphis, TN – Growlers
10/08 New Orleans, LA – Parish at the House of Blues
10/10 Laredo, TX – Ethos Live
10/11 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
10/12 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre
10/14 San Diego,CA – Soma

CKY & Slaves Announce Co-Headlining Tour

CKY and Slaves have announced a co-headlining North American tour. Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am will serve as support.

CKY drummer Jess Margera commented:

“ATTENTION! You want it? You’ve got it! You wild heathens kept asking for it and we heard you loud and clear: We are proud to announce a full co-headlining North American tour with our friends in Slaves.

We’re bringing Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am along for the ride. It’s going to be a night of some thick ass rock n roll that you can brag about to all your fake ass ‘friends’ who stayed home watching Netflix. This is gonna be the tour of all tours and this tour is all yours. Get a ticket NOW”

Tour Dates:

07/27 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
07/28 Easton, PA – One Centre Square
07/29 Warrendale, PA – Jergels
07/31 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
08/01 Toronto, ON – Opera House
08/02 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
08/03 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza (CKY only)
08/04 Louisville, KY – Diamonds
08/05 St Louis, MO – Fubar
08/07 Fargo, ND – Sanctuary
08/08 Iowa City, IA – Gabes
08/09 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
08/10 Sturgis, ND – Iron Horse Saloon (CKY only)
08/11 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
08/12 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre (no Slaves)
08/14 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
08/15 Seattle, WA – Revolution
08/16 Portland, OR – Dantes
08/17 Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas (CKY only)
08/19 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
08/21 Lubbock, TX – Jakes
08/23 Dallas, TX – Trees
08/24 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
08/25 San Antonio, TX – ACMH
08/27 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
08/30 Brooklyn, NY – Bazaar
08/31 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
09/01 Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Slaves Frontman Jonny Craig Released Following Scottsdale, AZ Arrest, Band Comments

As previously reported, Slaves’ Jonny Craig was arrested for criminal damage and disorderly conduct during the band’s March 12 show at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale, AZ. However, those charges have now been dropped, and Craig has been released.

The band commented:

“To confirm the rumors, Jonny Craig was arrested last night in Scottsdale, AZ.

As Slaves were performing on stage, an altercation was transpiring backstage between members of the band Ghost Town causing the venue to call the authorities. While police arrived, the bands set was hastily shut down 30 minutes early by cutting off all microphones on stage.

Unaware of what was happening (along with the fans), Jonny “dropped the mic” and damaged a few microphones (approximately $60 dollars worth of damages, which were paid for by the band). In response, the police handcuffed and arrested Jonny for criminal damage. This was obviously an excessive use of force (realized later), resulting in all charges to be dropped and Jonny to be immediately released.

We want to thank all fans, old & new for their support on the release of our new album & coming out to this tour.

We’ll see you again soon,

SLAVES”

Slaves Frontman Jonny Craig Arrested At Scottsdale, AZ Show

UPDATE: Craig has now been released with the charges having been dropped.

Original Story:

According to Lambgoat, Slaves’ Jonny Craig was arrested during the band’s March 12 show at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale, AZ. The frontman was charged with criminal damage and disorderly conduct. He will remain in custody until he is arraigned.