Tommy Vext Issues Statement On Leaving Bad Wolves

Earlier this week, it was announced that Bad Wolves and their now former frontman Tommy Vext had parted ways. Vext sayed mostly silent on the matter but now he’s issued a statement.

Vext shared the statement via a live video on his Instagram account which he then posted onto his account’s feed, prefacing the statement by stating he’s currently suspended from posting on Facebook.

You can watch his video statement and read the transcript of the statement below.

“Dear friends,

Let me start by expressing a huge debt of gratitude to all of the fans, all the people at our label, our management, our lawyers, and everyone who helped in establishing Bad Wolves’ career.

I take great pride and sincerity in what we all accomplished together. Bad Wolves became the fastest rising rock band in the last decade, with five number one consecutive hit singles. Thanks to our massive support from all of the fans in the Wolf Pack, we exploded into mainstream rock consciousness, which is no small feat for a bunch of dudes from metal bands. We even held the #1 spot across the entire Apple Music platform on all continents. We accumulated hundreds of millions of streams, and as a result you helped us by giving back over hundreds of thousands of dollars to various charities.

Our future was bright and our trajectory was undeniable as an arena band, until COVID struck and everyone’s lives changed. I saw things happening that I didn’t understand. During the first quarantine, I publicly voiced my concerns about where we are going as a nation and what is happening to the country that I love.

I voiced my disappointment for protests that had turned into violent riots. Cities, businesses, lives destroyed, and then called “mostly peaceful”. I criticized the media standing idle and even condoning that behavior. I pointed out that good causes were infiltrated by bad actors, hijacked and delegitimized a good movement. I dared to question who financially benefited from all of this and who was funding these events. I questioned the lockdowns when small businesses were driven into bankruptcy and yet big chains were allowed to operate. I questioned the imposed social distancing when rioting and looting was exempt, or why you can’t have family gatherings or eat at restaurants with anyone unless you’re a politician. This is a repeated hypocrisy we saw time and time again.

And for this they came after me.

Me, an African American artist speaking his mind. I became unacceptable by the gatekeepers because I walked off the plantation. I had to be silenced. Cancel culture came after my band. I was threatened, I was ridiculed, I was blackmailed, and smear campaigns were launched to destroy my career, my reputation, and my livelihood.

These events really opened my eyes, because this was no longer just an urban legend or conspiracy theory, this was literally happening to me. Censorship became very real and I was fighting organized hit job after organized hit job aimed at my character and even my physical freedom. This is when I realized what I was up against. This is bigger than me. This is when and why I publicly endorsed the sitting President of the United States of America, because I believed he was fighting the same big tech, the same media, the same gatekeepers, the same faceless radicals who wish to destroy our first amendment rights, but I will not be silenced. I will not abandon my values and my love for the flag of this country. I will fight for the Constitution and our freedom of speech, which hopefully now all of you can see is being blatantly violated by big tech. However, this is my fight. I realize I cannot drag my band members and people around me into this. I, on my own, decided to go solo. This way everything I say and do will affect only me. I wish the best for the guys in Bad Wolves. We had some of the best times of my life building a band together and I love those guys, but you guys know me and I have to fight back. This is who I am. I can’t expect you to put your lives on the line to defend me, especially when we don’t have the same ideologies in mind. I can’t expect the label to fight my battles on my behalf, and to all the fans, to my friends, to my family, thank you for always supporting my voice.

I’m excited to start the next phase of my career. Over the past year, I’ve recorded over 37 songs by myself. Due to COVID, there was no way for the band to get together and to work on a record, and so I worked feverishly in the studio with different artists, producers, and songwriters, and after 37 songs were completed it was very clear that I had become a solo artist.”

More details surrounding a third record from Bad Wolves along with Tommy Vext’s solo project will be confirmed as they develop.

Bad Wolves Part Ways With Vocalist, Tommy Vext

Bad Wolves have parted ways with their vocalist, Tommy Vext in a statmeent via Twitter.

Rumours of Vext‘s departure from the band came a few hours ahead of the statement through a now deleted Instagram Live video, in which those who saw it have reported that Vext claimed his conservative political views caused an irreconcilable schism with his bandmates and their record label, Better Noise (formerly Eleven Seven).

It’s also reported in the same video Vext had shared his plans to launch a solo career in the future.

It’s also reported that in the same video Vext shared his plans to launch a solo career in the foreseeable future.

At the time of writing there’s no word on a replacement vocalist for Bad Wolves, though earlier this year it was confirmed that the band had finished recording their third full-length album and follow-up to 2019’s ‘N.A.T.I.O.N.’.

For now, it’s uncertain if this potentially completed third album will be released with Vext‘s vocals, whether it’ll be released with their new vocalist recorded over it, or if they’ll re-write and re-record another album instead.

You can read the full statement below.

“It is true that Bad Wolves and vocalist Tommy Vext have parted ways. The four of us plan to continue making music and a new album is planned for later this year. Tommy has been a big part of Bad Wolves and we are grateful for his contributions. There is not much else to report at this moment but to send love and gratitude to the fans who have supported Bad Wolves from day one. We would not be here without you.

Chris, Doc, Kyle, and John”

New Music Video Roundup 09/10/20

Happy October everyone!! Welcome back to the new music video roundup. We’re here for a roundup of ten of the best recently released music videos. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!

First on this weeks list are the French Metalcore troupe Landmvrks with their first material since their 2018 record, ‘Fantasy’.

Check out ‘Rainfall’ below.

Touché Amoré have a new cut in the form of ‘Reminders’.

It’s a cut from the band’s fifth album ‘Lament’, due on 9th October, with the clip featuring a bunch of surprise guests (and their owners).

“The track was born out of the overwhelming anxiety that came from the controversial end result of Trump’s impeachment trial,” a press release explains, with vocalist Jeremy Bolm expanding: “I think when we are all panicking, we need to have those reminders that there’s love out there for us whether we believe it or not and that’s all that we can really trust to save us.”

Give it a watch below, and keep an eye out for Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World, Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra, Jacob Bannon of Converge, Frank Iero, Anthony Green, Skrillex, and many more.

Next we have the Canadian band Seaway, have released a new video for ‘Still Blue’ taken from the forthcoming new album Big Vibe, a guitar-driven collection of songs with big hooks and a bigger attitude. Big Vibe is set to be released on October 16th via Pure Noise Records.

’Still Blue’ has been a favourite of mine from the record since we started it. It evolved a lot in the studio but each time got better and better,” recalls vocalist Ryan Locke. “It’s about investing yourself into something so heavily and not always seeing that energy returned or reciprocated. That feeling can obviously come in many forms.

He continues: “We let our close friend and long time collaborator Miguel and DP Christoph Benfey really run with the visuals on this one. The concept is a happy fun drug trip and the different paths it can take but the guys really put their own spin on it with camera and editing technique. Have a safe trip!”

Moving to a different genre to what’s come to known right now is the Ska Punk genre.

Less Than Jake recently accounced the details of their upcoming ‘Silver Linings’ record which is their first full length release in over seven years. It’s set to be released December 11th 2020 via Pure Noise Records.

‘Lie To Me’ is the first offering of what to expect off the record.

We’re off to Hertfordshire for the next band in thsi weeks roundup with Alt Rock band Redwood. ‘Rumour Night’ is off their upcoming debut record, ‘Beside A Shallow Sun’.

Alex Birchall (Vocals / Guitar) says:

“When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I use an exercise where I write down everything that I’m feeling, without judgement or worry that anyone else will read it. It is a stream of consciousness that can be about anything. I’ll come back to it a few weeks later, and it’s where I get most of my inspiration. This process helped to create the foundation of ‘Rumour Night’. The song is about how growing up with mental illness can be a scary prospect and trying not to give up too much of yourself to the world when you don’t feel you have the mental fortitude to keep up. At one point at University, everything felt like it got too much, I stayed up for two nights in a row writing to get the thoughts out of my head. It helped me process the idea of wanting to be at peace with all of the chaos and anxiety in my head, rather than trying to fight it.”

Back in July, the hard rock five piece Bad Wolves released a video for ‘Learn To Walk Again’, which is taken off their second record, ‘N.A.T.I.O.N.’ out now via Better Noise Music.

The band released a lyric video for the track back in July which will also feature on the soundtrack for the upcoming horror – thriller film, The Retaliators.

Time for a little Welsh in this roundup. Cardiff based Panic Shack’s latest drop follows on from ‘Who’s Got My Lighter?’ and ‘Jiu Jits-You’, both released earlier this year.

“We wrote ‘I Don’t Really Like It’ as a song that could be about anyone and everyone,” they explain. “This single is a bit of a change in direction for us. It’s literally 4 lines but it makes an impact.

“Most may assume it’s directed at men from a woman’s perspective (I mean a LOT of our songs are) but who it’s actually about is a secret. Basically this song is for anyone who has felt spoken down to, patronised or ‘mansplained’ to… You get the picture.

“It was recorded at Rat Trap Studios with Tom [from Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard] the week before lockdown… unbeknown to us that would be the only time we get to perform the song for the foreseeable.”

Switching things up to a live video in Jinjers realm of offerings this week for ‘Sit Stay Roll Over which is off their upcoming ‘Alive In Melbourne’ Live record.

The band comments: “For some, “Sit Stay Roll Over” was the so-called ignition point where lots of fans first took notice of Jinjer – and it‘s still a burner today even though it sometimes gets lost between all our other tracks! It’s also one of the most technically complicated and extreme songs we’ve ever written, taking the band to the outer realms of death metal … Even after all these years of performing it countless times it still takes quite a lot of effort and concentration to play flawlessly live. We‘re pretty excited to have it put back to the forefront again on our upcoming live album!”

And the penultimate track comes from the Californian quartet Lowlives with their latest single ‘Gravity’, which the band directed, filmed, and edited themselves.

“Being a DIY band and always needing favors we figured we’d give our poor friends a break this time around.

Soooooo… here you go, our first ever fully written, directed and edited music video. It’s all shot on two budget Go-Pros with me as cameraman and Lee as the subject. The location was up in the mountains near Big Bear California. We used bits of drum gear and old microphone stands to clip cameras in creative places. We probably ran and rode about 25 miles that day.

The concept is basically a dumbed down Ground Hog day that follows the theme of the song. A love and attraction to another that feels like a gravitational pull so powerful it can move heaven and earth. Lee is caught in a loop trying to get back to his beloved wife but keeps waking up back in the forest. Bonus points to anyone who can see where I left the ladder in shot.”

And lastly this week, we have a band who are in everyone’s minds, the up and coming and ever impressive Wargasm.

The band recently dropped their fifth single, ‘Backyard Bastards’ and now here’s the stunning video to go with it.

Shot and edited by Olli Appleyard, the video sees sees Sam Matlock (guitar, vocals) hunting down Ryan Cornall (session drummer) on a manic murder spree that finds its peak in an epic showdown between the two, all the while being cheered on by Milkie Way (bass, vocals) and her dancer squad.

You can check out the video for ‘Backyard Bastards’ below.

And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!