Suburban Scum make statement on Tom Alderson beating, dropped from Today’s Mixtape Festival
Following the beating of Tom Alderson, allegedly by Heavy Chains' Ian Adams and Suburban Scum's Ryan "Karebear" Taylor, Suburban Scum dropped off NJ's Back to School Jam and Karebear stepped down as a co-promoter. Now, Long Island's Today's Mixtape Festival dropped the band too. Festival organizers write:
Suburban Scum will not be playing the festival. As we have posted several times already, please donate what you can to Tom. We have him in our thoughts and hope for a speedy recovery.
Suburban Scum also posted a statement on the situation:
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Tom Alderson, his family, and his friends at this time. Although it is clear that little can change the trauma this situation has caused Tom, the people close to him, and the community at large, we would like to extend our support to Tom and his recovery. We do not condone senseless violence in our community. We are all a part of this scene because we feel passionate about this music and this culture. It is a place for people who don't fit in to feel at home and it deeply saddens us that this situation has possibly changed that for some people.
The bottom line is this should not have happened. We can only hope that people who know Suburban Scum as a whole, know the people we are and that we are not the people we have been painted out to be in this situation.
Please click on the link below to help with Tom's recovery.
Jeremy, Paul, Shawn & Dayn
Note that Karebear's name is not signed. Commenters on their Facebook are theorizing that he is no longer in the band, but no details on exactly why they issued the statement without him have been released.
Lambgoat also points out that at Suburban Scum's Massachusetts show on Saturday (8/1), Karebear discussed the situation and said, "The fact of the matter is, without saying too much, I'm a fucking man, and I've never in my entire life had to fucking jump someone to prove myself. And people are gonna talk. And people are gonna rally up. And everyone's gonna say something. The people that know anything are the people involved, and eventually if it comes cool, I'm letting you know on behalf of Suburban Scum, on behalf of these four guys I fucking love from the bottom of my heart, I've never fucking jumped a man in my entire life, and that's a fucking fact." You can watch that video below.
In related news, Weekend Nachos also dropped off Back to School Jam. They say, "While we appreciate that there will be additional money going to Tom and his family, we are still not comfortable being on the lineup with everything that has happened recently, and will therefore not be playing the show."
In other related news, Malfunction replaced Heavy Chains on the 'Life & Death Tour' with Bane, Turnstle, Backtrack and more.
If you'd like to donate to Tom Alderson's recovery, you can do so at this GoFundMe campaign.