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.”

Jonny Craig (Ex-Slaves) Threatens Legal Action Against His Rape Accusers

As previously reported, Jonny Craig (ex-Slaves, etc.) was accused of rape back in 2017 and issued a statement to deny the allegations. Now, during a recent livestream, he threatened legal action against some of his accusers.

Craig said the following [via The PRP]:

“…You’re a bunch of fucking liars and I can not wait for this new year. ‘Cause I am about to fucking unload on you. You thought you were just gonna get away with saying some bullshit on me? Yeah… Enjoy it. Enjoy it while it lasts.”

He also added the following about one of the women:

“…I hope I get her mom in it [presumably a lawsuit] too. I hope I take the fuck out of her house. I hope I take her for everything. I hate to be petty and shit. But you wanted to play the game and now you got it.”

A couple of the women have since responded:

This news comes after another woman recently made similar accusations against Craig:

Craig also seems to have tweeted about seeking legal action against his accusers:

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.

Blessthefall Announce Spring Tour With Slaves, Capsize, & Glass Houses

Blessthefall have announced a spring tour with Slaves, Capsize, Glass Houses, and another to be announced band that is assumed to be Palisades. Blessthefall frontman Beau Bokan commented:

“We’re excited to go out with some awesome support bands and hit a lot of cities we don’t normally play. It’s going to be hot and sweaty smaller clubs — just like the old days. This will be our last tour for quite a while, some come out and party with us.”

Tour Dates:

05/10 Tucson, AZ – Club XS
05/11 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
05/12 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
05/13 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street OKC
05/15 Springfield, MO – The Complex
05/16 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
05/17 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
05/18 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
05/19 Easton, PA – One Centre Square
05/21 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
05/22 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
05/23 Amityville, NY – Revolution
05/24 Buffalo, NY – Rec Room
05/25 Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern
05/26 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
05/28 Detroit, MI – The Shelter
05/29 Indianapolis, IN – Citadel Music Hall
05/30 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/31 Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
06/01 Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
06/02 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
06/04 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
06/05 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
06/07 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
06/08 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
06/09 San Diego, CA – SOMA

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“

Sum 41, Pennywise, Thy Art Is Murder, Etc. Added To 2019 Australian Download Festival

More bands have been added to the 2019 Australian Download Festival. The event will take place in Sydney (March 9 at the Parramatta Park) and Melbourne (March 11 at the Flemington Racecourse) and the newly announced acts include: Sum 41, Pennywise, Thy Art Is Murder, Polaris, Twelve Foot Ninja, Slaves, and Voyager. Previously announced artists include: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Judas Priest, Alice In Chains, Ghost, Rise Against, The Amity Affliction, Anthrax, Halestorm, Behemoth, Me First And The Gimmie Gimmes, I Prevail, Converge, Frenzal Rhomb, Luca Brasi, Code Orange, Andy Black, The Fever 333, War On Women, High Tension, Outright, Ruins, and Alien Weaponry.