Agoraphobic Nosebleed

Kat Katz Issues New Statement On Quitting Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Says She Endured A “Series Of Uncomfortable Events” In The Band


Grievances between vocalist Kat Katz and Agoraphobic Nosebleed continue to be aired across social media, with Katz once again issuing another statement. To catch up, in a short statement posted on October 24th, Katz announced her exit from Agoraphpobic Nosebleed, claiming she was “tired of being bullied by dudes” and hoping that she “find[s] a band that respects me and treats me as an equal.” Agoraphobic Nosebleed followed up with a brief statement on their own (you can see both at the link mentioned above.)

Agoraphobic Nosebleed then posted another more detailed statement yesterday, October 25th, explaining their side of Katz‘ split—a statement which Katz herself responded to. You can read both of those statements here. Essentially, what it boiled down to was Katz disappearing following a show in Quebec and members of the band being unable to reach her, which caused them to panic.

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When they did finally make contact with her once again, she claims they screamed and berated her for not keeping in touch. For her part, she says that she was unable to reply back to texts/calls, etc. as she was helping someone out with a ‘mental health emergency.’ She felt that the band went too far with their behavior in response to the incident, stating:

“I cannot handle overprotective behavior. I was belittled. I was treated like a child. I am a 34-year-old women. And I would rather die than be treated like this again.”

In her latest statement made today, October 26th, Katz claims that the above incident was the latest in a ‘series of uncomfortable events’ she experienced in recent weeks with the band. She commented of that:

“My decision to leave Agoraphobic Nosebleed after our appearance at Quebec Deathfest in Montreal symbolized the end of a series of uncomfortable events I have experienced over the last several weeks with the band. These experiences included situations in which I felt my presence as an equal member was no longer respected, and my gender served as a reason to belittle my presence and my opinion on the personal dynamics and inner workings of the band.

As someone who has performed within the extreme music scene for many years and remained (to my own detriment) quiet about experiences prior to my work with AnB of harassment and sexualized bullying, I decided that for my own well-being, the cycle of misogyny, overt and unwanted sexual behavior directed towards me had to stop.

While I considered quitting immediately after our show in Montreal, I first consulted with several of my close friends to see if I could cope with what happened because I loved playing in this band and despite our differences, respected my musical colleagues. However, after considering the disrespect demonstrated towards me as a musician, a woman, and as a prominent member of AnB, I decided to leave.

The response by my former bandmates to my decision has been extremely disappointing, but not entirely surprising. Unfortunately, it is common for people to assume that women’s accounts of harassment come from a place of hysteria and hypersensitivity, versus the responses by their male colleagues that for the most part, are perceived as “the truth” – especially within a male-dominated musical genre and culture.

I am saddened that my decision to leave has caused additional strife, but despite that, I wish my former musical colleagues the best in their future endeavors.”

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