Jesse Barnett (Stick To Your Guns) Says Artists Should Organize Before Striking, Announces Acoustic European Tour

Jesse Barnett (Stick To Your Guns) is the latest musician to comment on the possibility of a strike amid the unfair practices within the industry. According him, artists “MUST organize [their selves] as workers FIRST.”

Barnett said the following in a series of tweets:

“There’s a lot of talk about striking in the music industry as of late. We, music workers, under no circumstance should try to attempt something like that right now. We MUST organize ourselves as workers FIRST. We can’t be arrogant and we can’t be stupid.

We MUST follow the lead of the global labor movement and their millennia of experience with organizing against corporate pigs. We CAN NOT be chauvinistic in our analysis. We MUST be internationalist in our demands because this affects music workers world-wide.

Patience, love, organization and strategy will make it so our demands can be backed up with unrelenting militance. I’m tired people. I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I’m tired. Let’s stop asking for crumbs or even worse, asking for a seat at their table.

I make music for me. I make music for others. I make music for many reasons but that’s not all that I am as a person. That other guy who has a whole life at home that he has to leave, deserves his peace. And so do you.

So if nothing else let’s organize just under that one idea: that we deserve peace. And then let’s hit them in the fucking mouth with it.”

In other news, Barnett will also be hitting the road in Europe on a solo acoustic tour. Here’s the dates:

04/19 Nurnberg, GER – Hirsch
04/20 Hanover, GER – Bei Chez Heinz
04/21 Hamburg, GER – Logo
04/23 Duffel, BEL – Cinema Plaza
04/24 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
04/25 Paris, FRA – Esspace
04/26 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel
04/27 Stuttgart, GER – Club Cann
04/28 Karlsruhe, GER – Die Stadtmitte
04/29 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville
05/01 Wien, AUT – B 72
05/02 Munchen, GER – Backstage
05/03 Zurich, SWI – Exil
05/05 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
05/06 Dresden, GER – Blauer Salon
05/07 Berlin, GER – Cassiopeia

Stick To Your Guns Announce April European Tour

Stick To Your Guns have announced an April European tour. Here’s the dates:

04/07 Wein, AUT – Impericon Festival
04/08 Leipzig, GER – Impericon Festival
04/09 Oberndorf, GER – Eastercross Festival
04/10 Belgrade, SER – Dom Omladine
04/11 Sofia, BUL – Mixtape 5
04/12 Athens, GRE – AN Club
04/14 Zurich, SWI – Impericon Festival
04/15 Oberhausen, GER – Impericon Festival
04/16 Munchen, GER – Impericon Festival

Stick To Your Guns Announce 20th Anniversary Shows

Stick To Your Guns have booked several 20th anniversary shows at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA. Here’s the dates:

03/16 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction (performing songs from “For What It’s Worth,” “The Hope Division,” etc.)
03/17 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction (performing songs from “True View,” “Better Ash Than Dust,” etc.)
03/18 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction (preforming songs from “Disobedient,” “Spectre,” etc.)
03/19 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction (performing songs from “Diamond,” “Comes From The Heart,” etc.)

Stick To Your Guns Premiere “Open Up My Head” Music Video

Stick To Your Guns have premiered a new video for their new song “Open Up My Head.” This track is from the band’s new album “Spectre,” which will be released on July 29.

The group commented:

“To quote Malcolm X: ‘If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.’ This is incredibly true. In the age where massive multimedia corporations profit from disinformation, the search for truth becomes more and more important.

This can be an exhaustive and painful process. It means challenging everything you think you know. We are going to need to find a way to connect with one another. A two-party system where both parties serve corporate interests is an authoritarian dictatorship. That’s just a fact. We live in a corporate dictatorship. We can do better than this. We need to do better than this.

A better world is possible and we have nothing to lose but our chains. Solidarity with all working people across the world who are tired of being steamrolled.”

Stick To Your Guns Announce European/UK Tour With Knocked Loose, LANDMVRKS, Etc.

Stick To Your Guns have announced a European/UK tour with LANDMVRKS. Knocked Loose and Soul Blind are also set to perform on the European dates, while Scowl are set to perform on the UK dates.

Tour Dates:

With Scowl:

11/09 London, UK – O2 Islington Academy
11/10 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 2
11/11 Leeds, UK – Stylus
11/12 Glasgow, UK – Classic Gran
11/13 Bristol, UK – Thekla

With Knocked Loose & Soul Blind:

11/15 Tilburg, NET – 013
11/16 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage
11/17 Nurnberg, GER – Lowensaal
11/18 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
11/19 Paris, FRA – Trabendo
11/20 Lyon, FRA – Ninkasi Kao
11/22 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
11/23 Madrid, SPA – Mon Live
11/24 Lisbon, POR – Lav
11/25 Bilbao, SPA – Stage Live
11/26 Toulouse, FRA – Connexion Live
11/27 Solothurn, SWI – Kofmehl
11/29 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
11/30 Stuttgart, GER – IM Wizemann
12/01 Leipzig, GER – Felsenkeller
12/02 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
12/03 Hanover, GER – Capitol
12/05 Milan, ITA – Magnolia
12/06 Linz, AUT – Posthof
12/07 Wien, AUT – Simm City
12/08 Munchen, GER – Tonhalle
12/09 Koln, GER – Palladium
12/10 Hamburg, GER – Ubel & Gefahrlich

Stick To Your Guns Premiere “Hush” Music Video, Announce North American Tour

Stick To Your Guns have premiered a new video for their new song “Hush.” This track is from the band’s new album “Spectre,” which will be released on July 29.

In other news, the group have also announced a headlining North American tour with Kublai Khan, Belmont, Koyo, and Foreign Hands:

09/01 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
09/02 Portland, OR – Bossanova
09/03 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
09/05 Salt Lake City, UT – Soundwell
09/06 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
09/07 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
09/08 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
09/09 Louisville, KY – Portal
09/10 Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Fest
09/11 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
09/12 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
09/13 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
09/14 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/15 Toronto, ON – Opera House
09/16 Montreal, QC – Le Studio TD
09/17 Quebec City, QC – Envol & Macadam Fest
09/20 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
09/21 Orlando, FL – The Abbey
09/22 Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly
09/23 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
09/25 Birmingham, AL – Furnace Fest
09/27 Austin, TX – Mohawk
09/28 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
09/30 Mesa, AZ – The Nile
10/01 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

Stick To Your Guns Dropped From Several European Shows After Jesse Barnett Is Accused Of Making Pro-Putin Comments

Stick To Your Guns’ Jesse Barnett has been accused of voicing support for Vladimir Putin amid Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The allegations, which stem from conversations on social media (see HERE and HERE), have resulted in the band being removed from upcoming shows in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland.

Barnett issued the following statement:

“Recently there have been accusations made against me that I am a Pro Putin supporter and that I am a supporter of the war in Ukraine. People have began to call me a neo-nazi and fascist. These are not claims that I take lightly. I have tried with all of my heart and soul to be a person who adds something good to this world and who is someone who leads with justice in mind.

With that being said, I know that my view points have sometimes been controversial, leading to consequences. (Being banned from venues for being pro Palestine, being banned from venues for anti religious views, not being allowed to play certain places due to my staunch anti police stance etc etc.) What’s different here is that the claims of me being a fascist, a fascist sympathizer or a genocide denier are not ones that I can just brush off. I am not a supporter of Putin or his war in Ukraine. He is not a model of anything I believe to be just or good in this world.

There is a quote I love from a poet named Warsan Shire that goes ‘No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark’. The war in Ukraine has turned many working peoples homes into the mouth of a shark. I do not support this anywhere in the world. I believe that all people have the right to live in peace. ANYONE who takes that right away from innocent people doesn’t deserve to breathe.

Now for some self criticism: I have allowed my hatred for America and the way it meddles in the affairs of countries across the globe to cloud my judgement when it comes to how I engage with people online. I am so passionately against America’s abhorrent treatment of human beings both in the U.S. and abroad that I made myself, in many times, unable to be reasoned with. This is something I have reflected on.

I can sometimes engage with people online in a way that is so unrecognizable to my friends, peers and family who truly know me and because of this I misrepresent myself and who I am. I think that I can get so caught up in telling myself ‘the internet isn’t real’ that I forget there are real people behind the accounts. To put it plainly, that shit straight up sucks of me.

The internet is a miserable place to try to have these massive and important discussions in any sort of meaningful way and more often than not, it has lead me to become overly aggressive and dismissive of people where I lash out and say things I sometimes don’t mean. Moving forward I will do my absolute best to better represent myself and the values that I genuinely hold true.”

Stick To Your Guns Announce May Shows With SeeYouSpaceCowboy

Stick To Your Guns have announced some May shows with SeeYouSpaceCowboy. Here’s the dates:

05/26 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
05/27 Dallas, TX – Cheapsteaks
05/28 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
05/29 Arlington, TX – So What?! Music Festival (no SeeYouSpaceCowboy)

Stick To Your Guns Announce Summer European/UK Tour

Stick To Your Guns have announced a European/UK tour. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Spectre,“ which is set to be released on July 29.

Tour Dates:

06/03 Nurburg, GER – Rock am Ring
06/04 Nurnberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/05 Karlsruhe, GER – Die Stadtmitte
06/07 Salzburg, AUT – Rockhouse (feat. Deez Nuts & Being As An Ocean)
06/08 Lindau, GER – Vaudeville (feat. Deez Nuts & Being As An Ocean)
06/09 Interlaken, SWI – Greenfield
06/11 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock
06/12 Bratislava, SLO – Fuga
06/14 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan (feat. August Burns Red & Loathe)
06/17 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/20 Lille, FRA – Black Lab (feat. One Step Closer)
06/22 Swansea, UK – Sin City
06/23 Manchester, UK – Outbreak Warm Up
06/24 Ysselsteyn, NET – Jera On Air
06/25 Munster, GER – Vainstream
06/26 Grafenhainichen, GER – Full Force
06/28 Wroclaw, POL – Akademia (feat. Get The Shot)
06/29 Warsaw, POL – Hydrozagadka
07/02 Munster, GER – Vainstream 2nd Weekend
07/05 Southampton, UK – Joiners (feat. Ithaca)
07/07 Upcote Farm, UK – 2000Trees
07/09 Velke Mezirici, CZE – Fajtfest

Stick To Your Guns Premiere “Weapon” Music Video

Stick To Your Guns have premiered a new video for their new song “Weapon.” This track is from the band’s new album “Spectre,” which will be released on July 29.

Vocalist Jesse Barnett commented:

“‘Weapon‘ is about coming to terms with the reality of who I am. I believe that people are products of the circumstances that are forced on them everyday. People say that ‘The American Dream’ is a lie. I don’t think that’s true at all. I think ‘The American Dream’ is alive and well, but like always, it’s only available to a select few. Who I am in this formula is someone who doesn’t accept that.

I don’t care about fair. I don’t care about equal. I care about what’s right, and since the inception of this country, the things it stands for and the things it’s built upon, I believe it is irredeemable and it is my purpose to try to build something new in its place. But before we can do that, what is currently there must be dismantled.

A country of sycophants lead by violence addicted oligarchs should and will be destroyed. Every person reaches a crossroads in their life. Roll over or keep going. Sometimes all you have is heart. I know it’s all I have and that’s all I need.”

“Spectre” Track Listing:

01. “(My Heart Is A…)”
02. “Weapon”
03. “Who Dares Wins”
04. “Hush”
05. “A World To Win”
06. “Open Up My Head”
07. “Liberate”
08. “The Shine”
09. “Instruments Of The End”
10. “Father”
11. “More Of Us Than Them”
12. “No Way To Lie”