Code Orange issue statement on sexual misconduct allegations against crew member / Homewrecker vocalist
Homewrecker were dropped by their label Good Fight Music following sexual assault and misconduct allegations against frontman Matt Barnum from multiple women -- many of whom were underage at the time. Barnum was also a road crew member for Code Orange and handled merch sales, and Code Orange guitarist/vocalist Reba Meyers has now issued a statement, saying in part, "This type of behavior has always baffled me and disgusted me. To the women hurt by his actions, or actions in this vein by anyone towards you or your friends, I hope you are somehow able to work through this struggle and find meaningful balanced relationships in spite of it. You truly deserve that."
We’ve become aware that a crewmember of ours, matt, was acting with horrible disrespect and misogyny towards women for many years. I am so disappointed and so saddened by it I can’t by any means even begin to express that in words. I don’t have the words just this painful feeling.
I am so sorry to the women affected by this. It really hurts me how society allows this dynamic to happen time and time again. The standard is so low and I’ve seen and known that for a long time. And it’s only become even easier with social media to act without thought or regard to how your words will affect others.
All I can do now is send whatever strength I have to you all affected and hope you are able to get through I will continue to attempt to be a symbol towards our strength as best as I can, and learn how to better deal with this.
i will work to be as aware as possible of the women around me and their pain and try to pay as close attention to you all and support you as best I can from the perspective I have.
This type of behavior has always baffled me and disgusted me. To the women hurt by his actions, or actions in this vein by anyone towards you or your friends, I hope you are somehow able to work through this struggle and find meaningful balanced relationships in spite of it. You truly deserve that.
I’m sure you’re hurting much worse than I and my band and myself send you all the love we have.
Our next ‘you and you alone’ episode proceeds will be donated to the RAINN charity.
Vocalist/drummer Jami Morgan echoed Reba's sentiment:
UPDATE: Homewrecker revealed that they kicked out Matt Barnum in a statement written by drummer Matt Izzi. However, more severe allegations against Izzi have also been made.
UPDATE 2: The other two Homewrecker members left the band, leaving Izzi as the only remaining member. Izzi was also fired from his band Scorched, and his currently-inactive band Crypt Rot vowed to move on without him if they ever continue as a band.