While many artists have refused to perform in the state all together, Death Cab and Chvrches jointly announced in a news release that rather than cancel the performances, they will donate all proceeds from their Asheville and Charlotte shows to two North Carolina social justice organizations—Freedom Center for Social Justice and Southerners On New Ground.
Read the full statement from the bands below:
We, Death Cab for Cutie and Chvrches are deeply saddened by the recent passage of North Carolina's hateful and dangerous House Bill 2 (aka, HB2 or the “bathroom law.”). We are appalled by how Governor Pat McCrory and his conservative cronies have stoked the flames of fear around an undocumented, non-issue (i.e., sexual predators posing as transgender for the purpose of molesting children) as a way to not only discriminate against transgender persons but also to undermine the constitutional rights of North Carolina's entire LGBT community. This nefarious brand of bigotry is embarrassing for the state of North Carolina and has no place in this great nation.
Since the passage of this horrific legislation, we have been deliberating as to what to do about our show together in Charlotte on June 16 as well as Death Cab for Cutie’s show in Asheville on June 11. While we whole-heartedly support the decisions of our contemporaries to cancel their upcoming appearances in political protest, we have decided to honor our commitments and play. These shows will now be staged as benefits for two terrific North Carolina based organizations, Freedom Center for Social Justice and Southerners On New Ground (SONG), whom we admire for their tireless defense of LGBT rights in the state of North Carolina. We will not be taking a single dime from these shows. All profits will be donated to these important organizations.
If you are not able to attend the shows but are interested in donating to these organizations, you can do so here:
“We have absolutely loved playing in North Carolina over the past 17 years,” says Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard. “Not only have the crowds always been amazing but we have met so many wonderful people who remain friends to this day. Not to mention that the music of Chapel Hill's Superchunk, Archers of Loaf and countless others have been integral to the ethos and sound of our band. And so it is with a heavy heart that we announce these shows in Asheville and Charlotte will be our last in North Carolina as long as HB2 stands. We sincerely hope we won't have to wait long to come back.”
Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry also commented on the decision.
“We are incredibly distressed by HB2 and all that has been happening in North Carolina, but are also heartened to hear about so many people fighting to create positive change,” she says. “I know that our fans will join us and Death Cab in promoting equality, empathy and understanding between people, and we are proud to be supporting Freedom Center for Social Justice and Southerners On New Ground at this show.”
Elias Lyles of Southerners On New Ground supported the bands' choice.
“We know that all of us have a role to play in creating a world free from fear where attacks like HB2 are no longer feasible,” says Lyles. “Death Cab for Cutie and Chvrches are acting in solidarity by using their concerts in North Carolina to lift up the voices and work of southern LGBTQ people of color, immigrants, and working class folks.”