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]

Oceano & The Browning Members Launch New Nintendocore Project Super Slam Bros.

Oceano frontman Adam Warren and The Browning guitarist Brian Moore have launched a new nintendocore project called Super Slam Bros. You can find a lyric video for their new song “Illegal Dino Racing” below:

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]

Carnifex & 3TEETH Cancel Co-Headlining North American Tour

Carnifex and 3TEETH have cancelled their co-headlining North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek, which also featured The Browning and Skold, was supposed to start tomorrow (March 13).

Carnifex said the following:

“Regrettable but inevitable. We are forced by local ordinances and the music industry grinding to a halt to cancel the Meta-X tour. We are gutted by how this has played and like many other bands are now digging out of a massive pit of debt. We will be posting all our tour merch online ASAP. Be safe and Carnifex will return to the road as soon as we are able. 🤘💀🤘 #carnifex #hellishere”

3TEETH also commented:

“It comes with our complete and utter disappoint to announce that we are being forced to cancel our Meta X tour due to the corona virus outbreak mandates. Tour was supposed to start tomorrow and waking up today to this news is not only just a huge bummer but it’s going to absolutely financially cripple the band with how much we had invested into this one. So at the very least you can expect there to be a ton of new merch going online in the next few days. In the mean time don’t forget to glue yourself to the internet, repost as many click bait headlines as you can and do your part in spreading the global panic.”

Carnifex, 3TEETH, Combichrist, Etc. Set For 2020 Texas Independence Fest

The first set of bands have been revealed for the 2020 Texas Independence Fest. That event will take place at Come And Take It Live in Austin, TX on April 11 and it will feature: Carnifex, 3TEETH, Combichrist, The Browning, King 810, Byzantine, Skold, and A Killer’s Confession.

Carnifex & 3TEETH Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour

Carnifex and 3TEETH have announced a co-headlining North American tour. The Browning and Skold will open.

Tour Dates:

03/13 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
03/14 San Jose, CA – The Ritz
03/16 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03/17 Vancouver, BC – Imperial
03/19 Salt Lake City, Utah – The Complex
03/20 Denver, CO – Gothic Theater
03/21 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
03/22 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
03/24 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
03/25 Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
03/26 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
03/27 Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation
03/28 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
03/30 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
03/31 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
04/01 Toronto, ON – Opera House
04/02 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
04/03 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
04/04 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
04/06 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
04/07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/08 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
04/09 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
04/10 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
04/11 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
04/15 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
04/16 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
04/17 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
04/18 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl

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

Jinjer Announce North American Tour With The Browning

Jinjer have announced a headlining North American tour. The Browning will serve as support.

Jinjer commented:

“Our dear North American brothers and sisters, it has been a bit more than a year since we first came to play for you in April 2018. Since that we had two more runs across the US and Canada and we literally fell in love with your countries. In the past we couldn’t even imagine how supportive and dedicated you are! Now the time has come to come back and show you what Jinjer is at a bigger scale and finally play for you with full force as a headliner of a night! Because you deserve more – more new songs, more old songs, more Jinjer.”

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
09/24 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
10/29 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!”