Slaves To Change Their Name Due To Its “Racial Connotations”


Slaves have announced their decision to change their name due to negative racial connotations tied to it in light of the Black Lives Matter movement. In a statement shared today, June 25th the group announced that their forthcoming album “To Better Days” will be their last under the moniker. They said:

“As individuals, as well as a collective, we hold certain virtues close to our hearts – honesty and transparency with our fans being some of the most important.

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Early on in the process of writing and recording the new album ‘To Better Days‘, we discussed what this new iteration of our band should sound like, what it should look like, as well as what it should be called. We decided then, this would be our last release under the name ‘Slaves‘.

The name ‘Slaves‘ was conceived as a reference to the band’s battle with substance abuse in the past, to the idea that we become enslaved by our addictions and by our own demons. 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.

However, this definition of the name neglects to take ownership of its racial connotations. As obstinate supporters of the BLM movement, we cannot continue to tour our music and our positive message to a word associated with such negative weight and hurt.

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.

We are thankful to our fans that continue to stick by us and we look forward to sharing this new era with you moving forward.

With love and gratitude,
Colin, Felipe, Matt, Weston, Zack

The band, not to be confused with the English outfit of the same name, originally formed with controversial frontman Jonny Craig on vocals, though he was kicked out last year after suffering a relapse. The band have since replaced him with Matt McAndrew and released the below music video for their new track “Like I Do” tonight. “To Better Days” will be out on August 07th.