Two of my favorite records of this year(see subject line) are on Burger records. This is an amazing story - and this all happened in about a week In July 2020, the label faced allegations of normalizing a culture of sexual assault at its shows and within its catalog of artists. Members of SWMRS, Black Lips, The Growlers, The Buttertones, Part Time, Cosmonauts, and various other Burger bands have been accused of sexual assault, statutory rape, and sexual predation.
The label released a statement on July 18th acknowledging a "Zero Tolerance policy" and subsequently responded with a rebrand, separate imprint for women artists, and promises of new leadership. On July 21st, label president and co-founder Lee Rickard resigned, and the label has made plans to officially change its name.
On July 22, it was announced that plans to rebrand the label had fallen apart due to Jessa Zapor-Gray announcing she would not long take the role as intern label president. As a result, the label announced it would be shutting down fully.
Joey responds to the Regrettes Lydia Night....... On a different note, I have to say I'm gutted by this whole thing just musically - I mean Burger Records was a great label and not just in the 2 standout records they had released this year. This was one of the best labels going for the 2010s .....sad story all around.
Armstrong responded to Night’s statement Tuesday via his band’s Instagram account, writing, “While I don’t agree with some of the things she said about me, it’s important she be allowed to say them and that she be supported for speaking out.” Saying he “fully accept that I failed her as a partner,” he says he “was selfish and … didn’t treat her the way she deserves to have been treated both during our relationship and in the two years since we broke up.
“I have apologized to her privately and I hope she can forgive me, if and when she is ready to do so. I own my mistakes and will work hard to regain the trust that I lost.”
Board fave The Growlers getting by far the biggest hit from this Burger scandal it seems to me - other artists have been dropped but Growlers getting it from all angles. Matt Taylor out of the band temporarily for now, their 2020 singles weren't great either...... but I digress. There's a story in here about them locking Arrow De Wilde in a room with a male stripper that you could just picture every 70s band saying "wait, they HIRED a stripper (?)" but the 70s were a different time I reckon
Arrow De Wilde accusing bandmembers of sexual misconduct:
"This week has been a wake up call about our behavior at shows, after shows, in interviews," he (Brooks Nielsen) writes. "With girlfriends, journalists, friends, fans. Behavior that was insensitive, offensive, or even improper."