Dogleg Announce Hiatus Following Singer's "Inappropriately Possessive" Behaviour

"My selfishness, obsessiveness, and dishonesty are unacceptable and undeserving of a platform in their current state"
Dogleg Announce Hiatus Following Singer's 'Inappropriately Possessive' Behaviour
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Detroit punk outfit Dogleg have announced a hiatus via a statement from vocalist Alex Stoitsiadis, who attributes the break to his own "inappropriately possessive" behaviour in relationships — a problem he says he will "actively work on" going forward.

"When I realized a relationship was ending, I would text and call obsessively," Stoitsiadis wrote via the band's socials. "I would lie when asked directly if I was seeing other people. In my friendships and relationships, I would selfishly divert conversations to be about my own issues."

The singer added: "My past, my fears, and my traumas do not warrant me to be hurtful to other people. My selfishness, obsessiveness, and dishonesty are unacceptable and undeserving of a platform in their current state."

UPDATE (11/15 1:30 p.m. ET): Dogleg's manager has confirmed with Pitchfork that the band have dropped out of their tour dates supporting Touché Amoré's upcoming 2022 run.

Stoitsiadis's statement follows accusations of emotional abuse by at least two individuals, one of whom has also accused the band's video director Austin Vansen of sexual assault. See theirs and Stoitsiadis's full statement below.

I have spent the last several days hearing from those that I have wronged, and reading their statements of how my negative behaviours have affected them. I have struggled to adequately address these legitimate concerns about my actions.

In romantic relationships, I would get inappropriately possessive. When I realized a relationship was ending, I would text and call obsessively. I would lie when asked directly if I was seeing other people. In my friendships and relationships, I would selfishly divert conversations to be about my own issues, and would not give ample time or care to the issues of other people. In both cases, I would routinely put myself over others.

My past, my fears, and my traumas do not warrant me to be hurtful to other people. My selfishness, obsessiveness, and dishonesty are unacceptable and undeserving of a platform in their current state.

Dogleg will be taking a hiatus. At this point, I need to reflect and actively work on recognizing and managing these negative patterns of behaviour. I am sorry to those I have hurt. I want to thank my bandmates, my closest friends, my family, and the community all for holding me accountable.