Skip to main content

industry > News

The Amity Affliction Apologise For 'Vicious' Comments In Cover Scandal

Jun 11th 2012 | 12:10pm | Scott Fitzsimons
Brisbane post-hardcore band The Amity Affliction have aplogised for "vicious" comments made by the band after the cover of their upcoming album, Chasing Ghosts, courted controversy last week.

Announced Friday, the album's cover depicts a man hanging from a tree, presumably in the act of suicide. The band admitted on Twitter that the artwork was "causing issues" but staunchly defended their position when criticism was leveled at them by fans on social media platforms.

In response frontman Joel Birch posted on his own Facebook account, "Hey, I tried to kill myself. Then I wrote an album about it. Now we put a guy killing himself on the cover. Call me insensitive."

He added, "Let me explain how you DIDN'T TRY TO KILL YOURSELF AND WEREN'T DEPRESSED BUT I DO WANT TO HEAR YOUR OPINION."

Chasing Ghosts

Through the band's page he wrote, "There seems to be a lot of hate directed at us for this cover when we've endeavoured to save lives. This band had a large hand in saving my life, and I'm sure there are many other people who feel the same."

Posting through the band's official Facebook the next day, he apologised for lashing out.

"I just wanted to give you my apology for being insensitive and indignant with my initial comments that I aimed at those who were upset about the album image," he wrote. "I feel really awful about that. No one deserves to be berated about their emotions, and I feel I was far too offensive, and defensive.

"I appreciate all of your support, I really do. To all of those whom I offended, again, I apologise. I feel the lyrical content of Chasing Ghosts makes up for the cover image, and I hope you all come to agree with me, but no one has heard it yet and so I feel I was far too vicious and insensitive. Please accept my apologies."

Bassist and co-vocalist Ahren Stringer added, "Thank you so much to everyone who has supported and understood the message we're trying to convey with our new artwork.  Especially to everyone who has messaged us letting us know that we've helped them through hard times. It means the world to us.

"We know it's never easy to seek help, and sometimes it seems impossible. But for those of you who've been given help through Joel's lyrics without having to search for it... that gives our (awesome lol) music, a purpose and meaning."

The album - the band's first on Roadrunner - will be released Friday 14 September. You can watch a video teaser here.

If you need help dealing with a situation or want to talk to someone, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. http://www.lifeline.org.au/

Comments

Dates

Saturday 10th January

Unify Gathering feat.
The Amity Affliction + Northlane + In Hearts Wake + Thy Art Is Murder + Deez Nuts + Break Even + Confession + Buried In Verona + Hand Of Mercy + Antagonist A.D + Hellions + Storm The Sky + Endless Heights + Aversions Crown + Stories + Electrik Dynamite + Earth Caller

Tarwin Meadows, Tarwin Lower

Related Articles



Poster IT

Connect with The Music

Subscribe to Daily Newsletter

Galleries

<span>I Killed The Prom Queen</span><br />HQ

I Killed The Prom Queen
HQ

<span>Ball Park Music</span><br />Enmore Theatre

Ball Park Music
Enmore Theatre

<span>Dan Kelly</span><br />Newtown Social Club

Dan Kelly
Newtown Social Club

<span>Millions</span><br />Enmore Theatre

Millions
Enmore Theatre

<span>Tijuana Cartel</span><br />Oxford Art Factory

Tijuana Cartel
Oxford Art Factory

<span>Tom Jones</span><br />Forum Theatre

Tom Jones
Forum Theatre

<span>Veruca Salt</span><br />Factory Theatre

Veruca Salt
Factory Theatre

<span>Bombay Bicycle Club</span><br />Metro Theatre

Bombay Bicycle Club
Metro Theatre

<span>Andy Bull</span><br />Corner Hotel

Andy Bull
Corner Hotel

this week's magazine

Digital Version
Airlie Beach Music Festival Australasian Worldwide Music Expo Beyond The Valley BIGSOUND Bleach Festival Blue Mountains Music Festival Blues At Bridgetown Bluesfest Breakfest Brisbane Festival Brunswick Music Festival Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival Caloundra Music Festival Campfire Festival CoLAB Deni Blues & Roots Dungog Festival Earth Frequency Festival Fairbridge Folk Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Festival Of The Sun Follow The Sun Festival Gorgeous Festival Great Southern Blues Festival Gympie Music Muster HyperFest JamGrass Music Festival Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival Just For Laughs Let Them Eat Cake Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Lost Paradise Manifest Melbourne Music Week Meredith Music Festival Mitchell Creek Rock 'n' Blues MOFO Mullum Music Festival Nannup Music Festival Noosa Jazz Festival NYE On The Hill Originals Music Festival Out On The Weekend Outlet Music Festival OutsideIn Paradise Music Festival Poison City Weekender Port Fairy Folk Festival Queenscliff Music Festival Rainbow Serpent Festival Riverboats Music Festival Rottofest Soulfest Soulfest Soulfest Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Southbound Splendour In The Grass St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Strawberry Fields Subsonic Sugar Mountain Festival Sydney Country Music Festival Sydney Fringe Festival Tamworth Country Music Festival The Blurst Of Times Festival The Hills Are Alive Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers UNIFY: A Heavy Music Gathering Valley Fiesta WOMAdelaide Woodford Folk Festival Yours And Owls

The Music Store

Australasian Music Industry Directory
The ultimate print sourcebook for all the contacts…
Jun 18th 2014
Arts Advertising Packages
The Music Arts Packages provide promotion in The Music…
Jun 18th 2014
Indie Band Advertising Packages
The Music Indie Band Packages provide promotion in…
Jun 18th 2014
Galleon Krueger for Sale
Galleon Krueger Bass Amplifier. 1001RB As new, current…
Jul 12th 2014
Jazz guitarists wanted for weekend jams.
We are a bass and drums unit rehearsing in St Peters…
Jul 12th 2014
Premier Sydney Punk/Rock Band seeks Drummer
One of Sydneys Premier Punk Rock Bands seeks energetic…
Jun 18th 2014

Listen