Earlier today, both Senses Fail and The Amity Affliction announced Bad Omens have pulled from the 2019 Winter Misery Will Find You North American Tour. Both bands have shared the reason was due to Bad Omens being unhappy with the size of their name on the artwork. After the group receiving backlash from their decision as well as Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen addressing the issue via Twitter, Bad Omens has issued the following statement via Facebook:
“We are always professional and respectful with the bands that we tour with. Anyone that’s toured with us can attest to that. We are not a band that creates problems or ever finds itself involved in “drama”. With that being said the last thing we wanted to do was make a big deal out of our departure from the tour with Senses Fail / Amity Affliction when announcing that we would no longer be on it. But due to both Senses Fail and The Amity Affliction’s attempts to publicly drag our name in the mud along with all of the online bullying they’ve not only welcomed but encouraged – they’ve forced our hand.
The terms of our deal to be the direct support act on this co-headline tour were negotiated prior to accepting the tour and they were not honored. Our team politely and professionally asked it to be honored before the tour was announced and they refused. Specific assets requested were neither sent or approved. After all of this and the tour still going live we did our best to remedy the situation to stay involved and we were met with total disrespect. At this point it was a matter of principle. We aren’t going to be another young band that gets pushed around by older bands. Sorry if that doesn’t work for you. This public shaming campaign the bands have created online is both ironic and symbolic to the situation, as well as confirmation we made the right choice by leaving this tour. I grew up listening to Senses Fail and I never imagined they would stimulate this kind of bullying or shaming over something so trivial – this unprofessional and ugly behavior is highly disappointing. None the less we wish the bands the best on their tour, and we apologize to anyone we’ve disappointed by dropping off the tour.
Standing up for yourself in any type of relationship, whether business or personal, is something Bad Omens believes in. Sometimes
that means people get upset, hence having to write this.
We hope you enjoy our new shirt design.”
Despite the dispute the band has with Senses Fail and The Amity Affliction, they were inspired to create a new T-shirt design that consists of a tiny logo print and you can purchase one for $25 here.
The Amity Affliction and Senses Fail fans have suggested the following tour artwork alternatives via Twitter:
— Landon 🦃 (@igotdefeverman) November 8, 2018
Fixed it. pic.twitter.com/MVHvkU3MP0
— Joel Birch (@JoelDTD) November 7, 2018