Earlier today, Senses Fail took to social media to announce Bad Omens were pulling out of the former’s co-headlining tour with the Amity Affliction.
According to a statement the band posted on Twitter, Bad Omens dropped off the tour because “they were unhappy with the size of their name on the artwork.”
Now, Bad Omens are responding to Senses Fail’s statement with one of their own as well as a new shirt design inspired by the alleged reason.
In it, the band state the terms of their deal negotiated prior to the tour announcement were not honored and requests to alleviate the issues weren’t addressed.
They also stated Senses Fail and the Amity Affliction “drag [their] name in the mud along with all of the online bullying they’ve not only welcomed but encouraged.”
You can pick up a shirt here and view their full statement below.
“We are always professional and respectful with the bands that we tour with. Anyone that’s toured with us can attest to that. We are not a band that creates problems or ever finds itself involved in ‘drama.’
“With that being said, the last thing we wanted to do was make a big deal out of our departure from the tour with Senses Fail / Amity Affliction when announcing that we would no longer be on it. But due to both Senses Fail and the Amity Affliction’s attempts to publicly drag our name in the mud along with all of the online bullying they’ve not only welcomed but encouraged, they’ve forced our hand.
“The terms of our deal to be the direct support act on this co-headline tour were negotiated prior to accepting the tour and they were not honored. Our team politely and professionally asked it to be honored before the tour was announced, and they refused. Specific assets requested were neither sent or approved. After all of this and the tour still going live, we did our best to remedy the situation to stay involved and we were met with total disrespect.
“At this point, it was a matter of principle. We aren’t going to be another young band that gets pushed around by older bands. Sorry if that doesn’t work for you, This public shaming campaign the bands have created online is both ironic and symbolic to the situation, as well as confirmation we made the right choice by leaving this tour. I grew up listening to Senses Fail and I never imagined they would stimulate this kind of bullying or shaming over something so trivial. This unprofessional and ugly behavior is highly disappointing. Nonetheless, we wish the bands the best on their tour, and we apologize to anyone we’ve disappointed by dropping off the tour.
“Standing up for yourself in any type of relationship, whether business or personal, is something Bad Omens believes in. Sometimes that means people get upset, hence having to write this. We hope you enjoy our new shirt design. Go to badomensofficial.com for upcoming tour dates.”
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Senses Fail and the Amity Affliction’s run will continue as scheduled next year. The bands are currently working on finding new support to join Belmont. You can view a full list of dates here.
Bad Omens are heading out on a headlining tour this month, and dates are available here.