The REAL Manifesto
Due to recent events we have decided to leave Victory Records. Our departure is anything but amicable. We have decided to leave Victory, in part due to the actions of the man who sits at the head of the label,
Many of you are familiar with the greed driven letters sent out by Mr. Brummel: his manifesto calling rock supporters to arms and virtual declaration of war on hip-hop and Ne-Yo done under the guise of a band
message; as well as the “street-team” letter which instructed people to re-arrange our CDs, putting them in higher visibility areas in stores. Unfortunately, the head of street-team, Abby Valentine, who
understandably resigned following the incident, took the fall for this.
At the time of the
letters we were branded as racists by some, all over a letter we did NOT write,
targeting a genre which we have NOTHING against whatsoever. Because of these
letters, our second album debuted at #3 on the charts, an incredible feat,
which would normally be cause for joy, but now is tainted much like Barry
When questioned about the letters
Couple these letters with him threatening the head program director at Q101 in Chicago for putting the new Taking Back Sunday song into rotation to the point in which the program director pulls “Saying Sorry” from rotation and you can see why we would more than question whether or not the head of our label cares about us or his own ego more.
You may be wondering, why now? Why did they wait three years before saying something? Why did they sound happy in that interview??? Like being in an abusive relationship, we let certain things slide as
we were afraid, as many of the bands on Victory are, to stick our neck out for fear of being “beaten,” in this case represented by the threat of not being promoted as has been the case with certain bands on
the roster. We’re done being abused. The reasons stated above represent the final straw in a huge pile of hay that broke our backs.
fans and songs (we challenge
We’ve accomplished more in three years than most bands do in a lifetime and for that we are extremely grateful and consider ourselves very fortunate. Our situation with
that all bands on Victory Records encounter on some level or another.
We have decided to remove
ourselves from the negative situation so that we can continue to do what we
love best and focus on writing and playing music to people that care about what
we have created.