Rock Band SLAVES Announce They Are Changing Their Name To Support Black Lives Matter
Post-hardcore band Slaves have announced they will be changing their name, due to the word's racial connotations.
In a statement, the band noted that the name was originally a reference to various members' struggles with substance abuse, "to the idea that we become enslaved by our addictions and by our demons." They later add "this definition of the name neglects to take ownership of its racial connotations" and the band "cannot continue to tie our music and our positive message to word associated with such negative weight and hurt."
Slaves plans to change their name following the release of their forthcoming album, To Better Days.
The full statement can be seen below:
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