Stick To Your Guns guitarist Josh James and drummer George Schmitz have launched a new project called Sorry Fern. The band, which also features James‘ wife, actress Fernanda Andrade (“Next”, “Narcos: Mexico”), on vocals, are currently selling merch and their demo tape via sorryfern.bigcartel.com.
Stick To Your Guns have shared a demo version of their new song “Hasta La Victoria.“ You can stream that below:
The band commented:
“Today Stick To Your Guns is honoring the birthday of Chilean revolutionary and folk singer Victor Jara by releasing a new (demo) song entitled “Hasta La Victoria”. Victor’s story is one known all over the world and one used as a cautionary tale in recognizing fascism but even more so the necessary importance of fighting it with everything that you have.
On September 11th 1973 a CIA sponsored coup took place in Santiago, Chile to overthrow democratically elected leftist leader Salvador Allende (it is also referred to as “The First 9/11”). Victor and thousands of other musicians, poets, artists, teachers, students and political dissidents that were seen as a “Marxist threat” were taken to the Santiago stadium where they were tortured and killed.
Many eye witness accounts of people who were lucky enough to survive said that the officers were especially brutal to Victor. They broke his hands and said “sing for us now you son of a bitch”. They brutally beat him until finally his body was torn apart by machine gun fire.
His songs have inspired people all over the world to never forget the struggle of working people and to stand up together in unity and solidarity against systems that serve to pillage and steal from working class families. Today we release this song not only for Victor but for the Chilean people who put everything they have on the line to continue to fight for their most basic dignities.
You have and continue to inspire us to keep up the same fight. Solidarity forever.
This song is ONLY available via Bandcamp. The song costs one dollar but if you wish to give more you can. All proceeds will be going to national legal and bail funds to help aid the people who are on the ground doing the work here in the United States.
…Much love to everyone. We love and miss you all.
This beat goes on, this melody sung UNTIL VICTORY!”
Jesse Barnett (Stick To Your Guns, etc.), Sergie Loobkoff (Samiam, ex-Knapsack, etc.), Jared Shavelson (Boysetsfire, The Bronx, etc.) and Ian Smith (Racquet Club) have joined forces in a new project called Ways Away. The band launched earlier this year and released two EPs in March before releasing their self-titled debut album last Friday (July 17). You can check that out below and head to punknews.org to read a recent interview in which Barnett and Loobkoff discussed the project.
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Bracewar drummer Rashod Jackson has blasted The Ghost Inside bassist Jim Riley for using a racial slur while referring to a tour bus driver a number of years ago. Jackson felt compelled to call out Riley after The Ghost Inside released a new shirt to raise money for the NAACP:
Terror guitarist Martin Stewart also chimed in:
Riley eventually apologized:
Jackson then responded:
Stewart has since commented again as well:
UPDATE: Stick To Your Guns frontman Jesse Barnett also commented before Riley issued his apology:
Jackson has also since been called out for using homophobic slurs:
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:
Motionless In White have officially cancelled their U.S. tour with Knocked Loose, Stick To Your Guns, and Ovtlier due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band are still planning to rebook the trek at some point, but they decided to cancel it for the time being so fans can get refunds.
Motionless In White said the following:
“U.S MIW Fans –
After processing the information our band and team have been receiving regarding the uncertain future of live events in the near future, as well as factoring in refund policies from various ticketing companies, we have decided to mark the Black & Blue Tour as “canceled” for the time being.
We fully plan to rebook the tour as early as we can once we start to see live events returning around the world. Though this is a tough decision, considering it “canceled” now allows you to collect refunds and that is what we feel is the best course of action.
We hope that everyone is staying healthy and sane right now. We are looking forward to finally getting back on the road to see you.”
The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Rock The Meadow festival. The event will take place at the Bluestem Meadow in Fargo, ND on August 15 and it will feature: Beartooth, Stick To Your Guns, Saul, Fame On Fire, Nothing Left, Stitched Up Heart, Dragged Under, Swing Low, Baltic To Boardwalk, Wildview, Dearly Departed, Anomic, Widow, and Gorgatron. However, it’s worth noting that the festival may be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Motionless In White have postponed their U.S. tour with Knocked Loose, Stick To Your Guns, and Ovtlier due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will be rescheduled later this year.
Motionless In White commented:
We regret to inform you that due to the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are forced to postpone our upcoming Black And Blue Tour to a different timeframe this year. New dates will be announced as soon as we receive the go-ahead from promoters.
We have been waiting as long as we could to see what our options were before making this call, but unfortunately, after talking with venues and promoters, we have no choice. As always, the forefront of our attention in this situation is based on the safety of both the bands and attending fans. As much as we are saddened by the news, we support the actions that are being taken around the world to try and prevent the spread of the virus.
Ticket holders, your tickets will be honored at the future dates. VIP holders, you will be receiving an email this week from LTD regarding your options with your VIP purchase, but as the ticket holders, your VIP’s will also be honored at the future dates.
As for the fans asking about our European and Australian tours in June and July, we unfortunately also found out today that Download has been canceled. We are now awaiting more information on the rest of the festivals and shows. If we can be there, we’ll be there. We will let you know as soon as we know in the coming weeks.
Lastly, we would just like to send a massive thank you to anyone out there that works under the essential business umbrella who are still out there working hard and have been dealing with the close contact risks associated with your job. We appreciate you!
Thank you. We’ll see you in the summer.
Parkway Drive have postponed their European/UK tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will now take place in November/December. Hatebreed will still be joining the band, but Stick To Your Guns and Venom Prison have dropped off. Crystal Lake have since been added as well.
Parkway Drive issued the below statement:
“Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic we are postponing the Viva The Underdogs European Revolution until NOV / DEC 2020. Health is the most valuable thing in life and we need to ensure that the wellbeing of everyone is not at stake at any of our shows.
All shows, except Budapest (HU) and Paaspop (NL), have a new date scheduled. Previously purchased tickets will remain valid. The Budapest show will unfortunately be cancelled.
Due to the tour changes Stick To Your Guns and Venom Prison will no longer be able to join. Instead, we will have Crystal Lake as the opener for the tour, Hatebreed will still be main support.
Stay safe, be kind and help each other.
See you soon,
– Winston, Luke, Jeff, Ben and Jia“
11/13 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
11/15 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
11/17 Leipzig, GER – Arena
11/19 London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley
11/22 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
11/25 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
11/27 Paris, FRA – Zenith
11/29 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle
12/01 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
12/03 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
12/05 Dortmund, GER – Westfalenhalle
Though there are no specifics yet, Parkway Drive have confirmed that several dates on their European tour will be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The trek, which also features Hatebreed, Stick To Your Guns, and Venom Prison, is currently scheduled to run from April 1-18.
Parkway Drive issued the below statement:
“To all our European fans,
As you have probably figured out by now, several of our upcoming EU shows in April will be directly affected by the bans most European countries have imposed on larger events.
We are doing our best to assess this rapidly changing situation and our team is working tirelessly behind the scenes to find the best possible solution to this, so we can bring the biggest Parkway Drive shows in our band’s history to your part of the world!
In the meantime, we would like to thank all of you for your messages and comments but ask you to please be patient for a few more days until we can give you more concrete information on how the ‘Viva The Underdogs’ European Revolution 2020 tour will continue.
Be safe and see you soon,
Winston, Luke, Jeff, Ben and Jia“