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]

Norma Jean And As I Lay Dying Members Guest On New Night Fiends Song “Synthetic Vulture”

Night Fiends, the band featuring Tanner Wayne (In Flames) and pro skater Elliot Sloan, have premiered a new song titled “Synthetic Vulture.” The track, which features Norma Jean’s Cory Brandan and As I Lay Dying’s Josh Gilbert, can be streamed below:

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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Poison The Well, Showbread, Etc. Added To 2020 Furnace Fest

Poison The Well (performing “The Opposite Of December“), Showbread (performing “No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical“), As Friends Rust, and Jeremy Enigk have been added to the 2020 Furnace Fest. That event will take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 18-20 and it will also feature: ’68, All Get Out, Andrew W.K., Astronoid, August Burns Red, Avail, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Beloved, Better Off, Bloodjinn, Boysetsfire, Cave In, Codeseven, Comeback Kid, Converge, Counterparts, Defeater, Eighteen Visions, END, ERRA, Evergreen Terrace, Every Time I Die, Few Left Standing, Forever Starts Today, From Autumn To Ashes, Further Seems Forever, Gideon, Glasseater, Haste, Holy + Gold, Hopesfall, Hot Water Music, Knocked Loose, Life In Your Way, Living Sacrifice, Love Is Red, Luxury, Mineral, Misery Signals, Norma Jean, Open Hand, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Shai Hulud, Stretch Arm Strong, Terminal, The Appleseed Cast, The Beautiful Mistake, The Casket Lottery, The Darling Fire, The Judas Cradle, The Juliana Theory, Unearth, Unwed Sailor, Varials, With Honor, and Zao. Tickets can be found HERE.

Counterparts, Defeater, Etc. Added To 2020 Furnace Fest

Stretch Arm Strong, Counterparts, Defeater, and End have been added to the 2020 Furnace Fest. That event will take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 18-20 and it will also feature: ’68, All Get Out, Andrew W.K., Astronoid, August Burns Red, Avail, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Beloved, Better Off, Bloodjinn, Boysetsfire, Cave In, Codeseven, Comeback Kid, Converge, Eighteen Visions, ERRA, Evergreen Terrace, Every Time I Die, Few Left Standing, Forever Starts Today, From Autumn To Ashes, Further Seems Forever, Gideon, Glasseater, Haste, Holy + Gold, Hopesfall, Hot Water Music, Knocked Loose, Life In Your Way, Living Sacrifice, Love Is Red, Luxury, Mineral, Misery Signals, Norma Jean, Open Hand, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Shai Hulud, Terminal, The Appleseed Cast, The Beautiful Mistake, The Casket Lottery, The Darling Fire, The Judas Cradle, The Juliana Theory, Unearth, Unwed Sailor, Varials, With Honor, and Zao.

Gideon, Varials, Etc. Added To 2020 Furnace Fest

Gideon, Varials, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Terminal, Holy+Gold, All Get Out, The Darling Fire, and Forever Starts Today have been added to the 2020 Furnace Fest. That event will take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 18-20 and it will also feature: ’68, Andrew W.K., Astronoid, August Burns Red, Avail, Beloved, Better Off, Bloodjinn, Boysetsfire, Cave In, Codeseven, Comeback Kid, Converge, Eighteen Visions, ERRA, Evergreen Terrace, Every Time I Die, Few Left Standing, From Autumn To Ashes, Further Seems Forever, Glasseater, Haste, Hopesfall, Hot Water Music, Knocked Loose, Life In Your Way, Living Sacrifice, Love Is Red, Luxury, Mineral, Misery Signals, Norma Jean, Open Hand, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Shai Hulud, The Appleseed Cast, The Beautiful Mistake, The Casket Lottery, The Judas Cradle, The Juliana Theory, Unearth, Unwed Sailor, With Honor, and Zao.

Bloodjinn, Open Hand, Etc. Added To 2020 Furnace Fest

Bloodjinn, Open Hand, The Judas Cradle, and Love Is Red have been added to the 2020 Furnace Fest. That event will take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 18-20 and it will also feature: ’68, Andrew W.K., Astronoid, August Burns Red, Avail, Beloved, Better Off, Boysetsfire, Cave In, Codeseven, Comeback Kid, Converge, Eighteen Visions, ERRA, Evergreen Terrace, Every Time I Die, Few Left Standing, From Autumn To Ashes, Further Seems Forever, Glasseater, Haste, Hopesfall, Hot Water Music, Knocked Loose, Life In Your Way, Living Sacrifice, Luxury, Mineral, Misery Signals, Norma Jean, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Shai Hulud, The Appleseed Cast, The Beautiful Mistake, The Casket Lottery, The Juliana Theory, Unearth, Unwed Sailor, With Honor, and Zao.

Norma Jean Announce House Show Tour

Norma Jean have announced a special tour in which they will be playing a series of house shows. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

02/21 Atlanta, GA – Mac’s Basement (feat. Challenger Deep, The Callous Daoboys & Holy+Gold)
02/22 Nashville, TN – That 70’s House (feat. Moru & Idle Threat)
02/23 Louisville, KY – Friends Mansion (feat. Guerilla Warfare & Foxbat)
02/24 Memphis, TN – Pagan Moms House (feat. What We Do In Secret & Barren Secret)
02/25 Little Rock, AR – Eyes Up House (feat. My Hands To War)
02/26 Tulsa, OK – Barkingham Palace (feat. Tell Lies)
02/27 Oklahoma City, OK – Afro House (feat. Naturalist, The Darkness I Was Free)
02/28 Dallas, TX – Ferda House (feat. Frost Koffin)
02/29 Van Buren, AR – The Carpet Shop (feat. Bones Of The Earth & Vangoons)

The band said the following:

“Do the neighbors like you? We’re about to find out. Norma Jean in your house.

– This show will feature Moru and Idle Threat

– Doors 6pm. Show over by 9pm.

– All of these shows are being held in houses with experience for putting on house shows. However, since it is a show in a house, things are always at risk of being shut down. Therefore, as long as the band shows up, these tickets are non-refundable, and will guarantee you entry to the show.

– Parking will be tough so we encourage people to carpool or uber. Please don’t block people’s driveways and be respective to the neighbors who are being cool to let this happen.

– We are selling as many tickets as the owners are comfortable selling, we may have some door sales available on the day of the show, so watch out on social media.”

Tickets can be found HERE.

Every Time I Die, Eighteen Visions, Etc. Added To 2020 Furnace Fest

Every Time I Die, Eighteen Visions, Avail, Comeback Kid, The Juliana Theory, The Appleseed Cast, Astronoid, and Andrew W.K. have been added to the 2020 Furnace Fest. That event will take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 18-20 and it will also feature: ’68, August Burns Red, Beloved, Better Off, Boysetsfire, Cave In, Codeseven, Converge, ERRA, Evergreen Terrace, Few Left Standing, From Autumn To Ashes, Further Seems Forever, Glasseater, Haste, Hopesfall, Hot Water Music, Knocked Loose, Life In Your Way, Living Sacrifice, Luxury, Mineral, Misery Signals, Norma Jean, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Shai Hulud, The Beautiful Mistake, The Casket Lottery, Unearth, Unwed Sailor, With Honor, and Zao.