Year Of The Knife Facing Injuries & One Member In Critical Condition After Nasty Car Accident

30 June 2023 | 10:45 am | Mary Varvaris
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Friends of the band have started a GoFundMe fundraising campaign to help with medical bills and recovery.

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Delaware’s melodic hardcore outfit Year Of The Knife have been in a nasty car accident, leaving one member in critical condition and the others injured.

On 28 June, the band tweeted, “We got in a REALLY bad accident. Everyone’s alive. We’re stuck in SLC.”

Brooklyn Vegan reports that vocalist Madi Watkins is in critical condition, facing head and spinal injuries and broken bones. Friends of the band have started a GoFundMe fundraising campaign to help with medical bills and recovery.

If you can spare any cash for Year Of The Knife, you can contribute to the GoFundMe fundraiser here.

The GoFundMe fundraiser reads: “Hi, we are raising funds for our friends Madi, Brandon, Andy and Aaron, who are band members in Year of the Knife.

“Last night, the band was driving from SLC to Colorado Springs when they collided with an 18-wheeler. Andy & Aaron both sustained broken legs and other trauma. Brandon is concussed. Madi is in critical condition with head and spinal injuries and a few broken bones. As we wait for additional information on their conditions, we are doing the best we can to alleviate any stress possible. As you can assume, their touring van is totaled.

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“The van also doubles as Madi and B's sole vehicle so this will impact them in more ways than just touring. Madi and B also run their brand, Candy Corpse, that will continue to fulfill orders but other aspects may be halted for the foreseeable future. Due to these awful circumstance, we unfortunately have to think of the financial burden this will place on our friends. If you are able to help in any way, we all greatly appreciate it.

“We ask that you please share with your family and friends, and please send the 4 of them all the positive thoughts, energy, prayers, anything. We are so thankful that everyone is alive, but there is a long road ahead of them for recovery. Please consider donating to help with their medical bills and to keep them afoot while they are stuck in SLC. Thank you in advance.”

The GoFundMe has a $100,000 goal, and $77,790 USD has been raised at the time of writing.

If you’d like to support Year Of The Knife in another way, you can listen to and purchase their surprise EP, Dust To Dust, which they released in February.

"The Dust to Dust EP is a product of everything we’ve been inspired by since our last record,” Watkins said in a statement earlier this year.

Clocking in at just seven minutes, the electrifying Dust To Dust EP was produced and engineered by Taylor Young (Nails, God's Hate, Twitching Tongues). Watkins added, “We used the unexpected downtime to focus all of our energy on writing and wanted to combine our existing sound with these new influences to push our boundaries and make our most pissed songs yet.

“This EP is an evolution in the direction of our sound while staying true to the core of our inspiration and values. We recorded with Taylor Young at the Pit in Van Nuys, CA. Everyone clicked right away and found that we had the same direction in mind for the production of the songs. Taylor was incredible to work with, and after admiring so many of his projects (Nails, Twitching Tongues, and Ruckus, to name a few), it was great to work with him and hear his input on our music.”