US band Slaves are going to change their name
The American post-hardcore/alternative rock band Slaves -- as opposed to the punk-ish UK duo Slaves -- are changing their name over its obvious racial connotations. While they haven't said what they're changing it to, or when, they have issued a statement. "The name ‘Slaves’ was conceived as a reference to the band’s battle with substance abuse in the past, to the idea that we become enslaved by our addictions and by our own demons. Our goal has always been to tackle these difficult subjects head on, as well as to build a community and share stories of hope to let others know that their inner demons can be defeated."
"However,” the statement continues, "this definition of the name neglects to take ownership of its racial connotations. As obstinate supporters of the BLM movement, we cannot continue to tie our music and our positive message to a word associated with such negative weight and hurt."
The band say their new album To Better Days will will be the last to feature the name and will "represent the closing of one chapter in the beginning of another for the band. This is something we have been planning for a while, and are excited to start unveiling new music, new name, later this year. We are thankful to our fans that continue to stick by us and we look forward to sharing this new era with you moving forward."
Last year, the band parted ways with original vocalist Jonny Craig due to Craig's substance abuse (he was ousted from both Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance in the past for similar reasons). He was replaced by Matt McAndrew (a runner-up on season 7 of The Voice). Their upcoming album will be their first with McAndrew.
Earlier this month Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to Lady A, and this week Dixie Chicks changed their name to The Chicks, both because of words' ties to the Confederacy and slavery.