Rancid Eddie concerts canceled amid controversy, one by booking agency citing group’s “unacceptable behavior”
Some concerts on Rancid Eddie’s 2022 tour have been canceled after the Melbourne band was criticized for “misogynistic” lyrics in their new single “Dry.”
The band came under fire last week after releasing their new single ‘Dry’. Many netizens, including other Australian artists, took issue with the song’s lyrical content, calling it “misogynist”.
Brisbane’s booking agency Interstellar Music took to Instagram earlier this week to announce that it had canceled the group’s sold-out concert on February 18 at Brisbane’s Thirsty Chiefs Brewing Co, describing it as a “decision very easy”.
“We made the very simple decision to cancel Rancid Eddie’s next show in Brisbane on February 18 due to their unacceptable behavior,” said a statement from the agency.
“Their actions and words have no place in this world and we will always strive to make our concerts safe places for women.”
your deaf has since reported that other Rancid Eddie gigs on their Opposite Of Wet 2022 tour appear to have been deleted. Vinnies Dive in Southport, Queensland reposted Interstellar’s statement on his own Instagram page, confirming that he made the âvery easy decisionâ to cancel Rancid Eddie’s February 19 show on his site. The Vinnies show, originally scheduled for February 19, is now marked as canceled on Oztix.
Other apparently deleted Rancid Eddie shows include their February 12 show at La La La’s in Wollongong, now marked as canceled on Moshtix, their February 17 show at Woolly Mammoth in Fortitude Valley (also canceled on Moshtix), and their show. February 25 at The Espy in St Kilda (which sold out on September 24 and is now manually referred to as “canceled” on Moshtix). NME has contacted these venues, as well as promoters Four Tone and Yours & Owls, for comment.
At the time of publication, Rancid Eddie had yet to respond publicly to the cancellations of those shows. NME contacted the group and their management for comments.
Late last week, Kira Puru weighed in on the group’s lyrics, which she said contained content that “shouldn’t be standardized.” âIt doesn’t matter what the song is about or if the band identifies as misogynist,â she tweeted, alongside a screenshot of the lyrics to ‘Dry’.
” Words “I’m still drunk because I hate you‘shamelessly alludes to the kind of behavior anyone who has been abused [relationship] knows well and should not be standardized let alone promoted, âshe wrote.
It doesn’t matter what the song is about or if the band identifies as misogynist. The lyrics “I’m always drunk because I hate you” shamelessly allude to the type of behavior that anyone who has been in an abusive relo is familiar with and shouldn’t be normalized let alone promoted.
– Kira Puru (@kirapuru) October 1, 2021
Other artists like Montaigne, Eves Karydas, Nick Ward and Between You & Me have also condemned the band’s lyrics, not only in ‘Dry’ but in other songs that Rancid Eddie previously shared on social media. The other songs in question, which have not been officially released, have since been deleted, but featured lyrics referring to a woman as a “bitch” and a “shit rag”.
Rancid Eddie acknowledged these unreleased songs as well as the wider review of “Dry” in an Instagram post on Saturday October 2nd.
They wrote: âWe have seen comments online calling us misogynistic. We want to be very clear that while we explore the darker sides of relationships in our lyrics (and we understand that these lyrics can be problematic for some), we oppose hatred or violence of any kind against people. women. Men who abuse women are pathetic and we do not tolerate it.
âEarlier this year, we posted live acoustic videos of song ideas while we were writing to get feedback from our fans. We know some of it went too far for some people, and we have removed these videos.
â’Dry’ was never one of those songs. It’s about losing love and becoming bitter towards someone while you are still in a relationship with them.
“You have the right to dislike the song (we are already fed up with it too), but we are overwhelmed by the people supporting it.”
Besides their 2022 tour, Rancid Eddie is still set to perform two Victorian shows next month. They are due to play on November 26 and 27 respectively at the Commercial Hotel in South Morang and the Village Green Hotel in Mulgrave.
Additional reports from Caleb Triscari