American post-hardcore band have announced their intentions to change their name in reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“As individuals, as well as a collective, we hold certain virtues close to our hearts — honest and transparency with our fans being some of the most important,” the band said in a statement.
In an attempt to move away from the racial connotations that are associated with the name slaves, the band confirmed that their upcoming album To Better Days will be the last under this current name.
“Our goal has always been to tackle these difficult subjects head on, as well as to build a community and share stories of hope to let others know that their inner demons can be defeated,” they added.
“However, this definition of the name neglects to take ownership of its racial connotations.”
Continuing: “To Better Days will represent the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another for the band. This is something we have been planning for a while and are excited to start unveiling new music, new name, later this year.”
See full statement and new song, below.