Delaware Straight Edge band Year of the Knife have announced that UK vegan Straight Edge band X Servitude X has been dropped from the band's tour of Europe and the UK next month follow accusations of racism and homophobia against X Servitude X vocalist James Fisher. The tour had been set to run from May 17th through June 1st.
From the band:
Servitude will no longer be a part of our tour in the UK/Europe next month. We’ll have another update later this week.— Year of the Knife (@YEAROFTHEKNIFE) April 7, 2019
X Servitude X has begun facing a backlash after screenshots of vocalist James Fisher's conversations in the FK5 group chat were posted to a United Kingdom Hardcore (UKHC) Facebook group, and then circulated on Twitter. Further screenshots showed other members of the FK5 group chat using racially insensitive and homophobic slurs.
James Fisher with X Servitude X
In response, X Servitude X guitar player Ben Brodie has put out a statement distancing himself from Fisher's comments, addressing accusations that X Servitude X has been protecting Fisher, and intimating that the band may be done. The band's Facebook page has already been taken down:
disappointing to see more and more shit come out especially when it’s bandmates but if you can’t keep them in check then eventually true colours show through. never wanted to apologise or pick up pieces on behalf of anyone else but i want nothing to do with what they said.— BEN BRODIE (@benxbrodie) April 7, 2019
spent a long time on this band and tried to navigate this situation right by people affected but lots of things came to light in recent days about xservitudex and right now it deserves to die.— BEN BRODIE (@benxbrodie) April 7, 2019
if you believe i saw or had shit to do with the shit others said then let my character show you otherwise.— BEN BRODIE (@benxbrodie) April 7, 2019