Emmure Responds to Endwell Being Tossed From Tour; Endwell Responds Back
Emmure has addressed Endwell's removal from the "Mosh Lives Tour," which Emmure is headlining. Here you go:
"Let me first start by saying we as a band have been friends with these guys for a while so this is in no way partial to one side or another. Some of you may have noticed that Endwell has been removed from The Mosh Lives Tour. I'd just like to clear up a few things and set the record straight.
"This is a respctable tour with respectable bands and band members. This is our tour and us as Emmure must make sure that this tour is not hindered by immaturity since we are responoble for 6 bands 36 people and all their actions.
"Endwell has been surrounded and plauged with bad decision making since day one. As you'll recall they were kicked off a Bayside tour as well for lack of any morality, respect, or loyalty to the people that were helping them and were supposed to be friends with.
"They are quick to talk shit but what they won't tell you is that when they first got signed to Victory they were pumped they loved it they wouldn't even help us out and get on a show when we needed it because they said they weren't a local band anymore and they couldn't just do that. Victory put them in a Hollywood recording studio for over a month which excessively exceeded their budget and time. They were provided with one of the top directors for their music video and put in every major music magazine... You would think they would be thankful.
"After their record bombed to put it gently they started getting pissy and blaming everyone underneath the sun except for themselves which seems to be the trend of that band. And all but 2 members quit.
"Before this tour started we started hearing how they were talking shit about us and our record which we confronted them about and they confessed and with a good heart and them being our supposed friends we let it slide and kept them on he tour. The very first day they show up they have a shirt they are selling that is blatantly a slap in the face to Victory Records and us.
"I don't know if they are just fucking dumb or naive but how the fuck do you show up to a Victory Records band headlining tour with that type of shot and think its funny? And expect for it to be ok and get away with it?
"Despite what they say they dug their own grave and did this to themselves no one is the bad guy in this except them despite their best efforts to tarnish the face of Victory Records their true colors really shine through on this one and its just a new low in a bands career that doesn't need to get any lower
"Don't shit where you sleep or your gonna wake up in shit."
"So we tried to keep this as impersonal as possible due to the fact that Emmure were at one time good friends of ours. But apparently that is no longer the case.
a) When we signed to Victory we were actually on tour with Emmure, and yes of course we were beyond excited to be signed as any band would be. From day ONE we pushed Emmure to the Victory staff as much as we could. Giving staff members CD's and shirts and hyping them up... because that's what friends do. When we were told we were going into
the studio in 4 weeks we handed Emmure a fully booked US tour w/ Farewell To Freeway that our old bass player had booked himself (due to the fact that we had recording obligations). Every chance we got we would try to help get their name out there, whether it mean wearing their shirts in promos or talking about them in interviews at one point we were even considered 'brother-bands.'
b) In response to Emmure's statements about our Hollywood recording budget: we didn't get a say in the matter, the studio time was booked and the director was chosen for us. Bottom line... we were immediately disgusted by the budget and the outcome and because of that we made it a point to record our next release on a much smaller budget. In fact it was 1/40th of the Victory budget! We started recording it with no labels in mind and we had our friends Bryan Goldsman and Aram Abgharian record and mix it for us. We figured we could do things right and be able to help out some up and coming engineer/producers/friends, and we're very happy with the outcome. Once we recorded it we decided to work with a smaller label that has integrity and passion for music and even a some compassion for human beings as well.
c) As for shit talking, I think Emmure did enough of that in their statement which began "Let me first start by saying we as a band have been friends with these guys for a while so this is in no way partial to one side or another" and then proceeded to bash us for 5 paragraphs. I think it's obvious that someone was influencing their words.
We don't have to sit here and 'tarnish' anything. Facts speak for themselves I think it's apparent whose true colors are shining through in this situation. There's nothing else to say. This whole situation sucks. When we left the tour it was all hugs and friendly goodbyes the best way to put it is in the words of John Joseph, "musicians are just assholes waiting to happen."