NewsSeptember 29, 2014 3:24 PM ET7,846 views

Traitors and We Are Triumphant trade insults

This past summer, Traitors announced that they were leaving the roster of record label We Are Triumphant. In recent days, however, Traitors have apparently been speaking out against the label, prompting We Are Triumphant to issue the following:
"To elaborate to all of you the situation between Traitors and our label. I will explain it to you the only way I know how and that is through my point of view with 100% transparency. You're free to interpret it however you'd like. I understand that label vs artist in any dilemma is a hotbed for speculation and assumption. It is not strange for you to want to 'side' with an artist in any dispute. You are their fan and the very definition of that is a supporter. But if you can leave that at the door, understand this. Traitors left the label in July. They had signed a contract with the label to release multiple records. After expressing their desire to leave. We drafted an exit agreement letting go of all our interests in the bands future material. That exit agreement included $600 in owed royalties to remain to the label and an increased split from 50/50 to 60/40 on our initial release. The exit agreement was signed and dated by each member of Traitors. Fast forward to September 26th I notice members of the band publicly bashing the label for being 'crooks' for what I can only imagine is a product of dissatisfaction of that agreement. We've never stolen a single dime from Traitors, and that will continue to be true as we pay them their next quarterly from their self-titled EP. We've always acted within the parameters of our signed agreement from both parties before and after their departure. We support and push plenty of artists who have moved on to bigger label's or finished their contract with us. But we will never support artists who chose deface us in such a childish manner regardless of their content generating revenue. Thanks for taking the time to read this."
Two hours later, Traitors took to Facebook to say that We Are Triumphant has removed all of its Traitors-content from the Internet:
"So We Are Triumphant deleted / removed all our music videos/ep/songs we had posted online, so unfortunately now you can't see/hear any of our music we had on there and lost all numbers we had through there. Thank Greg Long [We Are Triumphant, owner] for this, scum of the earth."
Interestingly, around the same time, another We Are Triumphant band, Dealey Plaza, revealed that they too were leaving the label:
"As of now, for our next album we have decided to part ways with We Are Triumphant and will be releasing it independently. Expect new music from us early 2015."

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