Published Jul 29, 2020In the wake of Ian Svenonius admitting to past predatory behaviour towards women, his recent label home of Merge Records has severed ties with the artist.
Today the label revealed it will no longer be working with Svenonius, who is best known for fronting such bands as the Make-Up, Nation of Ulysses, Chain and the Gang. Merge — which released albums by Svenonius's recent solo project Escape-ism — said it would be pulling his catalog from its webstore, streaming services and physical distribution.
You can see Merge's announcement post below.
As previously reported, Svenonius issued and then deleted a statement on July 24 detailing his "revolutionary act [of] self-immolation," supposedly achieved by admitting to his past "abusive modes," his history of making women feel "terrible" and "uncomfortable," and manifesting aspects of "tawdry behaviour."
Svenonius's statement came in the wake of a wave of recent sexual misconduct allegations surrounding the indie-rock world, especially California-based acts connected to Burger Records.