Lingua Ignota Opens Up About Her Abuse Allegations Against Daughters’ Alexis Marshall

Kristin Hayter, aka Lingua Ignota, has opened up about her abuse allegations against Alexis Marshall. She says the Daughters vocalist put her through “mental and emotional abuse and sexual abuse resulting in bodily harm.”

Hayter told “The Needle Drop” the following [via The PRP]:

“The truth. I wanted the truth. I wrote the record about this experience. That’s what it’s about. That’s the document, for me. And, you know I was in an abusive relationship with this man for two years. I was emotionally abused. I was mentally abused. I was sexually abused. One incident of sexual abuse led to me needing surgery on my spine, which my fans helped me pay for.

And to my fans, I want to say like thank you because you didn’t know that you were helping me in that way. And you did. And there’s a lot more I could say about the situation, but for now, I’m trying to heal and trying to process a lot of trauma. It’s not easy. I left that situation. Like a fucking hole in the floor. I was nothing. I’d been reduced to like, essentially servitude of this person, who didn’t care about me. And yeah, I am just trying to heal, and it’s important to me that the truth is out there, and that my truth is out there. Because unfortunately, this behavior predates me by quite a bit. And it’s not just me…”

She later added:

“…I couldn’t say what happened… it’s been brutal. And it’s been brutal to like pretend that I’m happy, when I’m not, and to put on a happy public face when I’m not happy, and when I’m being devalued, in so many different ways. And it’s not to say that I’m a saint, or like a paragon of virtue. But I didn’t deserve to be abused by this person. And he’s going to do what he’s going to do, but I have to focus on myself and my healing. And, you know, I think at some point I will speak in greater detail about it, but it has to be when I have processed what’s going on. There’s been a lot, you know, as you saw, like, my statement is 7000 words.”

She continued when asked what closure would look like:

“It’s so tricky. I mean, how do we deal with these situations? How do we culturally deal with this shit? It’s impossible. It’s it’s a no-win situation kind of any way you look at it. It’s not about canceling someone’s banned. It’s not about asking anyone to not listen to Daughters or, you know? It’s about this person’s behavior is unacceptable and what do we do about it? You know, I can’t control Alexis. I don’t have any control over him.

I don’t have any control over anything except myself and my own healing. So while accountability would be nice, I can’t expect it. I can’t put my healing on hold, waiting for that. Initially, I thought I did. I thought I required you know, an apology. But you’re not going to get it, you know. So ideally, there would be change in the way that we deal with these situations and there would be change in people’s behavior. And there would be change in the way that we approach our communities and the ways in which we keep women safe in our communities and vulnerable people safe in our communities and abuses of power in our communities.

Ideally like that would be something constructive would come from something like this, and I’m hoping to find a way to help support other survivors and that is more concrete than just having the cathartic outlet of the music. I’d like to find something. So I don’t know. It’s all you know, the world we live in is kind of fucked. And dealing with this stuff in a public forum is incredibly difficult. It’s not an it’s not fun for me to like, come up here. And say this and then expose myself to potentially further abuse and further objectification from people. I don’t know. So I don’t know. It is what it is.”

Hayter also shared a lengthier statement HERE. Here’s an excerpt from that:

“I was in an abusive relationship with Alexis Marshall from July 2019 through June 2021. I endured mental and emotional abuse and sexual abuse resulting in bodily harm. Alexis’ addiction to one-sided sex effected me in extreme ways. I was subjected to multiple sexual assaults/rapes where I was fully penetrated while sleeping without my consent, after I explicitly stated this was *not ok with me.* Alexis obtained consent through deception, manipulation, and coercion. Alexis used me for sexual gratification in situations where I was deeply uncomfortable but consented because I was terrified he would cheat on me or get upset if I didn’t do what he wanted. In one incident of objectifying, violent sex, Alexis caused a severe injury to my spine and did not stop when I told him I was hurt. This injury resulted in debilitating pain and physical incapacitation for months. I needed surgery to treat this injury, a massive lumbar disc herniation that created an emergency condition called Cauda Equina Syndrome, which threatened permanent loss of bladder and bowel function. Alexis continued to require constant sexual attention even though I was severely injured. I needed his support for the surgery but Alexis abandoned me 24 hours before my procedure. Alexis cheated on me emotionally and physically throughout our relationship and triangulated me with other sexual partners as a way to confuse, humiliate, and destabilize me. He always denied his behavior, and gaslit me when confronted with irrefutable proof.

Alexis sustained patterns of lying and manipulation to excuse his behavior; he blame-shifted, minimized, denied, and provoked me so that he could call me aggressive and crazy. He used my past of domestic violence against me to claim what he was doing wasn’t that bad because it was not physical battering. He was jealous and resentful of my professional relationships and isolated me from friends. He took advantage of me financially. He blamed me for everything that was wrong in his life.

His abusive behavior continued and in some ways worsened after he completed rehab for sex addiction and started working a twelve-step program. He lied about the terms of his recovery. He weaponized his recovery against me and blamed me for not being able to get well.

As a result of his ongoing abuse I attempted suicide in December 2020 in the basement of our home. Alexis’ response to my suicide attempt was cold and unfeeling. Meanwhile, Alexis used threats of suicide and self-harm to manipulate me often, such as when I told him I needed to cut contact with him for my own well-being, or when I confronted him about lying.

After our breakup, I learned about Alexis’ long history of predatory and abusive/exploitative behavior towards women, for which he is well-known in certain areas, and which has been corroborated by multiple people including a long-term ex-partner. These incidents range from sexual misconduct and sexual relationships with subordinates at work, sexual harassment, ultimatums, and sexual assault. Multiple peers and women performers have spoken to me about uncomfortable experiences with him. Alexis establishes trust with vulnerable women and then exploits them sexually. I learned that this behavior continued throughout our relationship and after he entered recovery.

As a result of this relationship my quality of life decreased significantly. I suffered enormous psychological and physical damage. I continue to do physical therapy to treat ongoing issues with my spine and am in intensive therapy.”

For his part, Marshall denied the allegations in a statement that was sent to Pitchfork:

“I absolutely did not engage in any form of abusive behavior towards Kristin. Kristin is a person that I loved and cared deeply for, however, our relationship was unhealthy for both of us. I can assure anyone reading this that I absolutely did not abuse her, mentally or physically. I am investigating legal options.”

Lingua Ignota, Full Of Hell, & The Body Members Join Forces In Sightless Pit

Kristin Hayter (Lingua Ignota), Dylan Walker (Full Of Hell), and Lee Buford (The Body) have launched a new project called Sightless Pit. The group’s debut album, “Grave Of A Dog,” will be released on February 21 and the first single, “Kingscorpse,” can be streamed below:

“Grave Of A Dog” Track Listing:

01 “Kingscorpse”
02 “Immersion Dispersal”
03 “The Ocean Of Mercy”
04 “Violent Rain”
05 “Drunk On Marrow”
06 “Miles Of Chain”
07 “Whom The Devil Long Sought To Strangle”
08 “Love Is Dead, All Love Is Dead”

Walker said the following about the new record:

“[It is] about the anonymity of struggle, the darkness of a lifetime wasted warring against nature, god and everything else, only to be defeated… nothing… the end.”

Pre-orders can be found HERE.

More Bands Added To 2020 Roadburn Festival

A number of artists have been added to the 2020 Roadburn Festival including: Red Sparowes, Miserable, NGHTCRWLR, Cloud Rat, Russian Circles, Warhorse, Brutus, Hante., Rorcal, Alber Jupiter, Die Wilde Jagd, and Dead Neanderthals. The event will take place on April 16-19 in Tilburg, NET and it will be curated by Emma Ruth Rundle and James Kent (Perturbator), who both have special sets planned. Full Of Hell and Lingua Ignota will also be playing special sets as the artists in residence. Hide, Boy Harsher, HEALTH, She Past Away, and more will perform as well.

Full Of Hell & Lingua Ignota To Serve As Artists In Residence At 2020 Roadburn Festival

Full Of Hell and Lingua Ignota have been confirmed as the artists in residence at the 2020 Roadburn Festival. That event is set to take place on April 16-19 in Tilburg, NET.

Full Of Hell be playing four sets including a collaborative set with Lingua Ignota, a “Weeping Choir” set, a “Trumpeting Ecstasy“ set, and a set featuring material from “Roots Of Earth Are Consuming My Home” and their first 7 inch releases.

Lingua Ignota will be playing the aforementioned set with Full Of Hell, as well as a covers set, an “All Bitches Die” set, and a set featuring a “grand re-imagining” of “Caligula.”

In other news, curators Emma Ruth Rundle and James Kent (Perturbator) have booked some artists for the event, with Rundle having recruited Hide and Kent having recruited Boy Harsher, HEALTH, and She Past Away. A number of other artists have also been added to the festival including: Dool, Bada, and Acid Rooster.

As previously reported, the festival will be commissioning original pieces of music with Perturbator and Cult of Luna’s Johannes Persson set to collaborate. Jo Quail will also be collaborating with the New Trombone Collective as well. Furthermore, Vile Creature and Bismuth are working on a piece called “A Hymn of Loss and Hope” and Julie Christmas is planning to debut new material with a backing band featuring Laura Pleasants (ex-Kylesa) and Persson.

Full Of Hell Premiere New Song “Armory Of Obsidian Glass” Feat. Lingua Ignota

Full Of Hell have premiered a new song titled “Armory Of Obsidian Glass.” This track features Lingua Ignota and it will appear on the band’s new album “Weeping Choir,” which will be released on May 17. Ignota commented:

“‘Armory Of Obsidian Glass‘ rips, and is probably my favorite FOH track to date, so it was a great pleasure to work on it. I wanted my vocals to provide a counterpoint to all the savagery, to pick up on and accentuate harmonic things happening in the music in an unexpected way. I think the effect overall is chilling, wild, and I’m excited for people to hear it — many thanks to my friends for letting me contribute to this amazing song.”

Deafheaven, High On Fire, Power Trip, Etc. Set For 2019 Levitation Festival

The first set of bands have been announced for the 2019 Levitation festival. The event will take place in Austin, TX on November 7-10 and it will feature the following:

November 7: Angel Olsen, Devendra Banhart, High On Fire, Power Trip, Kikagaku Moyo, Holy Wave, Minami Deutsch, and Hoover iii.

November 8: Deafheaven, Black Mountain, Kikagaku Moyo, Russian Circles, Broncho, Brutus, Emma Ruth Rundle, Death Valley Girls, Stonefield, Frankie & The Witch Fingers, Jaye Jayle, and Lingua Ignota.

November 9: John Cale, The Black Angels, Chelsea Wolfe, Allah Las, Red Fang, White Fence, Torche, Acid King, Monolord, Here Lies Man, Ioanna Gika, Zig Zags, Warish, and Blackwater Holylight.

November 10: Kurt Vile & The Violators, Dinosaur Jr., Black Moth Super Rainbow, A Place To Bury Strangers, The KVB, Dallas Acid, and Numb.er.

Author & Punisher Announces European/UK Tour With Lingua Ignota

Author & Punisher has announced a European/UK tour with Lingua Ignota. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

04/02 Berlin, GER – Kantine Berghain
04/03 Malmo, SWE – Plan B
04/04 Gothenburg, SWE – Musikens Hus
04/05 Aarhus, DEN – Royal Metal Fest
04/06 Aalborg, DEN – Studenterhuset
04/08 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
04/09 London, UK – Electrowerkz
04/10 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds (no Lingua Ignota)
04/11 Edinburgh, UK – Summerhall (no Lingua Ignota)
04/12 Sheffield, UK – Record Junkee (no Lingua Ignota)
04/14 Lille, FRA – Aeronoef
04/16 Bordeaux, FRA – I-Boat
04/18 Dudingen, SWI – Bad Bonn
04/19 Milano, ITA – Santeria
04/20 Ljubljana, SLO – Klub Gromka
04/22 Prague, CZE – Cross Club
04/23 Wroclaw, POL – DK Luksus
04/24 Warsaw, POL – Poglos
04/25 Kosike, SLV – Tabacka Kulturfabrik
04/26 Trnaga, SLV – Maly Berlin
04/27 Bregenz, AUT – Vorarlberg Between (no Lingua Ignota)