Hookworms have announced the decision to split up the band following the serious allegations of serious sexual and physical assault made against their lead singer Matthew Johnson.
Far Out reported earlier this week that Alanna McArdle, the ex-girlfriend of Johnson, published the details of the allegations made against the musician in a statement on social media.
McCardle, the current singer of Ex-Vöid, claims to have been contacted by an unnamed woman who has detailed the disturbing allegations against Johnson. In the wake of this news, the band have issued a joint statement to express their “shock” at the allegations. On top of that, they announced the decision to cancel all their upcoming tour dates and announce their split.
“We’re deeply shocked by the allegations that came to light yesterday regarding MJ and take them very seriously. As a result, we have cancelled all upcoming shows and can no longer continue as a band,” they wrote in a statement.
“There will be a full statement from MJ forthcoming but in the meantime we ask that you please try to be respectful of the fact that this is a matter for MJ as an individual, external to the band, and that the other members of Hookworms, their collaborators, various agents and record labels had no prior knowledge of the allegation before it went public yesterday, and we are all still coming to terms with the news,” they concluded.
— HOOKWORMS (@HOOKWORMS) October 31, 2018