UPDATE: Saturday, January 23, at 8:36 p.m. EST
Facebook has allowed the video to be reinstated. Watch it below.
Since this lyric video was taken off of YouTube by a label that apparently thinks they own OUR music you can now watch, listen, and enjoy it right here. We poured our heart into this song, we wrote this song, we spent months preparing and recording this song, and we aren't letting ANYONE take that from us. This is our song and this is our fans song. this is a passion, not a business. No one can ever take that from us, especially a dude in a suit collecting every cent we generate. Scene is changing my friends.I'm sure somehow, someway, this video will be taken down. none of us are, or should be proud we are in a world where art can be taken away from us by greed.ITS TIME TO STAND UP FOR ARTMusic4L
Posted by Slaves on Saturday, January 23, 2016
ORIGINAL POST: Saturday, January 23, at 7:24 p.m. EST
Earlier today, Slaves released a lyric video for their song “Winter Everywhere,” which features current Dance Gavin Dance frontman Tilian Pearson. The clip was quickly removed due to a copyright claim from Artery Recordings.
Slaves have responded by releasing a statement that claims they are not under contract to Artery, and neither are their two studio albums, Through Art We Are All Equals and Routine Breathing. “Our music belongs to us, and it belongs to our fans,” they wrote. “Not some dude in a suit collecting every cent we generate. We have worked HARD for everything we have and it's time to take a stand against CORRUPT bullshit labels like Artery and so many alike.”
Read more: Slaves release statement after controversy
We have reached out to both Slaves and Artery for further comment. In the meantime, read the band’s statement in full below.
“Our new lyric video has been taken off of both YouTube and Facebook by Artery Recordings – they're under the impression this song and this video apparently belong to them. Let me make this clear. Slaves is not under contract, neither album we have is under contract, Slaves wrote this song, Slaves spent months preparing and recording this song, We poured our hearts out into this song, We had the lyric video made ourselves. And NO ONE will take that from us. Our music belongs to us, and it belongs to our fans. Not some dude in a suit collecting every cent we generate. We have worked HARD for everything we have and it's time to take a stand against CORRUPT bullshit labels like Artery and so many alike. It's fucked up we live in a world where art we can all relate to, and that makes us all come together and feel at home can be taken by complete fucking greed. We make nearly no money creating what we love, we do it cause it's our passion not a business. It's time to take stand against the fucking mess we call a music scene. fuck your label, fuck you and fuck your money, we don't need it to play music.”