While post-metal band Isis broke up four years ago, they’ve been in the news lately. Actually, not the band, but the militant Islamic terrorist group that recently claimed responsibility for beheading American journalist James Foley. And while you might not expect a defunct band to be confused with a terrorist group, Isis drummer Aaron Harris told ABC News that the band’s Facebook page has been getting some “off color” comments recently. “Fans have emailed us that they’re reluctant to wear our T-shirts now and we’ve also gotten some off-color comments,” he says. The band have changed the name of their Facebook page from “Isis” to “Isis the band.” The band hasn’t had any official comment, Harris adds:
“Just like our fans, we’ve been watching the news in disbelief. We haven’t commented on it because we haven’t been an active band since 2010, even though our music does live on. We maintain our Facebook page to keep people up-to-date on our current musical projects,” he said.
The band’s most recent label, Ipecac, commented to ABC News, saying “It is an unfortunate situation and of course a few less than enlightened people are not seeing the distinction between an inactive band of musicians and a band of terrorists involved in current world affairs.” They added that it doesn’t seem to be affecting merch sales, however.