The Slaves renamed their group after they first announced that they would change it to support the Black Lives Matter movement last year. They are now passing through Rain City.
The rockers said in a statement Friday (October 15): “” It was in Manchester, England, aka Rainy City, that the five of us met. Our new name – Rain City – is a snap. to the serendipity that brought us together and a reminder to keep looking even when there is a cloud above. “
They continued, “We are so proud to call this thing our own. To our amazing fans, we appreciate you and are always grateful for your support. This new album is for you.”
The band promised to change their band name after the release of their fourth album, Towards better days. They explained their reasoning in a statement on social media.
“As individuals, as well as as a collective, we have certain virtues that are important to us – honesty and transparency with our fans being among the most important.
At the start of the writing and recording process for the new album “To Better Days”, we discussed what this new iteration of our band should look like, what it should look like and what it should be called. We then decided that this would be our last release under the name ‘Slaves’.
The name ‘Slaves’ was intended as a reference to the group’s battle with drug addiction in the past, with the idea that we became slaves to our addictions and our own demons. Our goal has always been to tackle these difficult topics head-on, as well as to build community and share stories of hope to let others know that their inner demons can be defeated.
However, this definition of the name neglects to appropriate its racial connotations. As stubborn supporters of the BLM movement, we cannot continue to rotate our music and our positive message to a word associated with such negative and hurt weight.
To Better Days will represent the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another for the group. This is something we’ve been planning for a while and we’re excited to start unveiling new music, a new name, later this year.
We are grateful to our fans who continue to stay by our side and we look forward to sharing this new era with you moving forward.
With love and gratitude,
Colin, Felipe, Matt, Weston, Zack “
Towards better days was released in August 2020. It’s now officially the band’s last album under their old name. It was also the first album without Dance Gavin Dance alumnus Jonny Craig.
The group formed in 2014 after Craig was kicked out of Dance Gavin Dance. The singer then received several abuse allegations during the height of the #MeToo movement and was eventually removed from Slavs after a drug relapse.
Many other bands decided to change their names after George Floyd’s death, including Lady Antebellum (now Lady A) and the Dixie Chicks (now the Chicks), due to their names’ ties to slavery.
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