UPDATE: PAWS has informed us that the show will go on and that it was only their set that was in danger of being canceled, not We Are Scientists. UPDATE 2: They’ve posted a lengthy, clarifying statement on what happened on their Facebook page here.
Early this afternoon (Thursday May 8th) as we were travelling from San Francisco to Santa Ana to play a show tonight at Constellation Rooms with We Are Scientists, we received a call from the promoter/venue telling us that Morrissey, who was also due to play a show tonight in the larger room at the venue, had requested that no live music be heard during his set. SO, in order to adhere to curfews, this would mean that we couldn’t play our opening slot as it would clash with Morrissey’s and We Are Scientists’ headline show would be cut short and heavily delayed (until after Morrissey’s show). We were then informed that in respect of this cancellation, we had been offered to be paid double our guarantee for our troubles as per a clause in the contract for the show, but it was also asserted that we didn’t really have a choice in the matter; for example, we didn’t really get any sort of option to try and make the show work, it was just very cut and dry. So in short, we were essentially getting paid not to play.
We were instantly very confused. Many, if not all, bands we have met, played with or seen, have most certainly played a show in a venue with two rooms without incident, much less threat of cancellation. The idea that sound would bleed.. well it’s always seemed apparent that this is a risk if you plan to run/play a venue of this type, but there are usually measures in place to prevent there being any disturbance to either show. We’ve played shows like this quite a few times, so it seemed excessive. We felt almost like we were being bribed – not by the promoter it should be said, but by the show’s production – and for a reason that seemed a little overdramatic. Read the rest
Perhaps Morrissey is feeling a little more sore than usual after getting taken to the ground last night by an overzealous fan (aka a regular fan) in San Jose, but the crankiest old drama queen and crankiest old regular queen in the business is in a foul mood tonight. We’ve heard of him banning the service of any type of meat products from the venues he’s performing in before, but trying to get other bands removed seems like a new step. According to a Facebook post by the Glasgow trio PAWS, whose “Owl Talons’ video we premiered yesterday, Morrissey is trying to have their show with We Are Scientists, which is in another room at the same venue tonight, canceled.
Morrissey is currently trying to have our slot at tonights show in Santa Ana, California cancelled because he is playing in another room in the same venue and wishes for their to be no other artists performing in his vicinity.
This is an unbelievable act of complete and utter selfishness that should not be tolerated. This rich, has-been, ego maniac acting like a baby throwing toys from a pram. To satisfy his little power hungry brain. A complete disregard for others and a baffling lack of support/respect for young, hard working musicians.
People like this, with attitudes like this displays a classic example of why the music industry is still awash with disgusting garbage that should by now have been snuffed out. Pedestals, self righteous entitlement, disrespect and “competition”. Geez. It’s not like we’ve come all the way from Scotland to play for nothin’…
I’m just going to leave this photo and sentiment with you and we’ll report back with developments. We won’t go out without a fight!
What do you all think?
I’ve reached out to representatives from both bands, and will update when I hear back.