Ex-The Browning Drummer Noah “Shark” Robertson Calls Out Earache Records Over Alleged Unpaid Royalties And The Removal Of The Band’s Music From Digital Outlets

As previously reported, The Browning have been involved in a dispute with Earache Records due to alleged unpaid royalties and the removal of the band’s albums “Burn This World” and “Hypernova” from digital outlets. Now, the group’s former drummer Noah “Shark” Robertson has issued a new statement regarding the situation.

Robertson said the following:

“Earache Records. It’s incredibly heartbreaking to have a HUGE chunk of your life and career, simply erased from history. They have taken down a ton of other artists’ music and videos from all the streaming sites and platforms as well, not just The Browning. Music videos, albums, everything. It’s been this way for years. No explanation, nothing. And if anyone messages them or brings it up, including media sites, they just block and ignore.

When they took down The Browning‘s ‘Burn This World‘ album, it had millions upon millions of plays. When they took down our “Bloodlust” music video from Youtube it had over 6 million views. And the list goes on and on. It’s ALL just gone now. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will never make a dime from the albums I helped to create over the years. Fine.

But it’s even more disheartening to know that, in addition to ZERO monetary gain or compensation for the people who created the art, the die-hard fans have no way to listen to that material that we poured our hearts and souls into. People would come up to us at shows on tour and tell us how this song helped save their life or how that album helped get them through a rough time or a traumatic event… Now no one can enjoy any of that music at all.

We can’t relive our past or enjoy those memories. It’s just beyond sad. This is a battle that Jonny McBee has been fighting for a while… he’s hired lawyers and has done everything possible to try and come to some term or agreement.

A while back, I was contacted by a lady who identified herself as a staff member of Earache Records’ accounting department. She mentioned that the label owed us money and that she was looking to resolve the issue. She sent documents and login info and we were able to see that they actually did in fact owe us a good chunk of change.

Mind you, I’m not in the band anymore at this point, but I was excited to know that, perhaps, there was a chance I could make SOMETHING from all that hard work. Endless touring and performing and making countless sacrifices, starving, being broke, sleeping on floors and couches, being stuffed in a van and traveling all over the country, flying to Europe and touring all over Europe.

All that stuff. We went through SO MUCH to make all that happen. Maybe it wasn’t all in vain? Then the communication just STOPPED. They refused to answer anything at all. Lawyers have gotten involved over the years and yadda yadda and now they are refusing to pay anything. This has happened to a lot of different bands. They won’t pay, they won’t answer, they won’t explain anything.

Even though it has been proven, over and over again, that they DO owe the band The Browning compensation and royalties. I don’t even care about the money at this point. The other members who were in the band at that time, who helped create that material, they all have kids now. I’m more wanting them to be able to get something back from all this. SOMETHING at least..

It’s just that I can’t believe on top of all of this nonsense, the content is just erased. Gone. Bye-bye. Of course, the physical albums still exist out there, it was distributed far and wide and was in all the music stores, etc. It’s just maddening that the music and videos have been taken down and have seemingly been erased from history.

Jonny McBee and myself and Jesse Glidewell and Brian Cravey… we put an incredible amount of work, energy, blood, sweat, tears, travel, sacrifice, into making those videos and that music possible. And now it’s just been buried alive. Horrible. And Jonny and the rest of the new members have continued on and have done even more work and have made even more sacrifices over time.

Truth be told, I’ve never made a dime from any recording I’ve put out on any label. I’ve had a couple different albums in stores and on the Billboard Charts and I’ve never received one statement, or update, or payment of any kind.

It’s a huge reason why I wanted to start my own independent labels Zombie Shark Records and Swimming with Sharks Records, because I wanted to actually help up-and-coming bands and not completely screw them. Sure, we are smaller labels, but the point is I always pay what is owed.

I wish these labels would at least communicate or do the right thing. I know tons of artists and musicians out there in the exact same boat. And simply put, it just fucking sucks.

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.” — Hunter S. Thompson.

Kind regards,
Noah “Shark” Robertson“

[via The PRP]

The Browning’s Jonny McBee Calls Out Earache Records Over Alleged Unpaid Royalties And The Removal Of The Band’s Music From Streaming Services

The Browning’s Jonny McBee has called out Earache Records for alleged unpaid royalties and the removal of “Burn This World” and “Hypernova” from streaming services. He tweeted the following :

[via The PRP]

Sumo Cyco Added To Jinjer & The Browning’s North American Tour

Sumo Cyco have been added to Jinjer and The Browning’s upcoming North American tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

09/07 St Louis, MO – Fubar
09/08 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
09/11 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
09/12 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
09/13 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
09/15 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
09/17 Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
09/19 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live
09/20 Dallas, TX – GMBQ
09/21 San Antonio, TX – River City Rockfest
09/22 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
09/24 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
09/25 West Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street
09/26 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
09/27 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
09/28 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
09/29 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
10/01 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
10/02 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
10/04 New Bedford, MA – The Vault @ Greasy Luck
10/05 Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s
10/06 Montreal, QC – Astral
10/08 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
10/09 Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
10/10 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
10/11 Cleveland, OH – The Winchester
10/12 Cincinnati, OH Riverfront Theater
10/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
10/15 Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle
10/16 Angola, IN – The Eclectic Room
10/18 Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
10/19 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
10/20 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache @ Intersection
10/22 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
10/23 Belvedere, IL – Apollo Theater
10/24 Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
10/25 Iowa City, IA – Wildwood Smokehouse
10/26 Racine, WI – Route 20
10/27 Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
10/29 Calgary, AB – Dickens
10/30 Edmonton, AB – Starlite
10/31 Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theater
11/01 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/02 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

The Browning Premiere “Optophobia” Music Video

The Browning have premiered a new video for their song “Optophobia.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Geist“. Frontman Johnny McBee commented:

“‘Optophobia‘ is an extremely high energy song and so are our live shows. Our photographer Marc Sharp captured that energy from our last European tour and put it into this awesome video!”

The Browning Announce U.S. Tour With Betraying The Martyrs & Extortionist

The Browning have announced a spring U.S. tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Betraying The Martyrs and Extortionist.

Tour Dates:

03/15 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
03/16 Denver, CO – Moe’s
03/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
03/18 Spokane, WA – The Pin
03/19 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03/20 Portland, OR – Paris Theatre
03/21 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
03/22 Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewery
03/23 San Diego, CA – SOMA
03/24 Hollywood, CA – The Whisky a Go Go
03/26 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
03/27 El Paso,TX – Rockhouse Bar
03/28 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
03/29 Dallas, TX – 2513 Deep Ellum
03/30 Houston, TX – The Secret Group
03/31 New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
04/02 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
04/03 Margate, FL – O’Malley’s
04/04 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
04/05 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Purgatory)
04/06 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
04/07 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
04/09 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
04/10 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
04/11 Manchester, NH – Bungalow
04/12 Erie, PA – Basement Transmission
04/13 Kent, OH – The Outpost
04/14 Joliet, IL – The Forge

The Browning Premiere New Song “Geist” Feat. Paul Bartzsch (We Butter The Bread With Butter)

The Browning are streaming the title track to their new album “Geist,” which is set to be released on October 26. This song features a guest appearance from Paul Bartzsch (We Butter The Bread With Butter).

The Browning Added To Eskimo Callboy & Attila’s European/UK Tour

The Browning have been added to Eskimo Callboy and Attila‘s upcoming European/UK Tour. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

10/17 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms
10/18 Bristol, UK – Fleece
10/19 London, UK – Islington Academy O2
10/20 Newcastle, UK – Riverside
10/21 Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand
10/22 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
10/23 Birmingham, UK – The Asylum 2
10/25 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
10/26 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg
10/27 Paris, FRA – Petit Bain
10/28 Antwerp, BEL – Kavka
10/30 Bologna, ITA – Zona Roveri
10/31 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
11/01 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
11/02 Stuttgart, GER – LKA Longhorn
11/03 Dresden, GER – Eventwerk
11/04 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
11/05 Prague, CZE – Lucerna Music Bar
11/07 Wien, AUS – WUK
11/08 Munchen, GER – Tonhalle
11/09 Dortmund, GER – Phoenixhalle
11/10 Hamburg, GER – Docks
11/11 Wiesbaden, GER – Shlachthof
11/13 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
11/14 Budapest, HUN – A38
11/15 Nurnberg, GER – Lowensaal

The Browning Premiere New Song “Carnage”, Reveal Details For New Album “Geist”

The Browning have premiered a new song titled “Carnage.” This track is from the band’s new album “Geist,” which will be released on October 26.

Vocalist Jonny McBee commented:

“Our new album ‘Geist‘ is by far our most dynamic sounding record. It has the heaviest, and softest music The Browning has ever written. ‘Carnage‘ is tip of the hat to the classic sound we have but with a ton of intensity and a feature from Jake Hill. When I wrote this song, the only thing I had in mind was to make it as high energy and hyped as possible.”

“My end goal for The Browning is to be industrial-electronic-rock-metal. For this new album, I knew there needed to be a massive change not just musically for listeners, but for myself. That change had to come from the vocals. I’ve been working on finding the right voice for three years that’s powerful and melodic, but still extremely heavy and emotional. It was a long process, and I documented most of it live on my Twitch channel.”

“Geist” Track Listing:

01. “Sick Minds”
02. “Beyond Stone”
03. “Final Breath”
04. “Ever Lost”
05. “Optophobia”
06. “Awaken the Omega”
07. “Hellblade”
08. “Carnage” (feat. Jake Hill)
09. “Geist”
10. “Noctis”
11. “Amnesia”
12. “Skybreaker”

The Browning’s Jonny McBee Diagnosed With Bell’s Palsy

The Browning’s Jonny McBee has revealed that he been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, which causes temporary paralysis on one side of the face. He said the following:

“I got diagnosed with bells palsy (partial face paralysis) . Its pretty interesting to me so I made a video explaining what it is and my experience with it so far. Fingers crossed this isnt permanent or going to have to figure some stuff out about vocals!”

[via The PRP]