The Growlers Issue Statement Denying Sexual Misconduct Allegations

"We take them seriously and want to get to the bottom of them"

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BY Brock ThiessenPublished Jul 21, 2020

Following damning sexual misconduct allegations against Burger Records, multiple acts associated with the California music entity are also facing multiple claims of misconduct, including the Growlers. Now the band's lead singer and co-founder Brooks Nielsen has issued a statement in attempts at doing some damage control.

Following Burger's statement, Nielsen took to his band's Instagram to address the allegations specifically against the Growlers, denying them while also pointing out that the group has gone through multiple lineup changes over the years.

That said, Nielsen stated the band would be investigating the allegations "in as thorough, professional and unbiased manner as we are able" and would be making "responsible decisions" based on their findings.

You can read his full statement below on behalf of the Growlers, while you can read Burger Records' statement here.

Other Burger artists who have been called out include SWMRS (specifically Billie Joe Armstrong's son Joey Armstrong), Black Lips, the Buttertones, Love Cop, Part Time, Gap Dream, Audacity, No Parents, Tomorrows Tulips and Cosmonauts, among others.

In the wake of the claims, label president and co-founder Lee Rickard has stepped down from his role at Burger, while co-founder Sean Bohrman is moving into "a transitional role with the label" as it is handed over to new head Jessa Zapor-Gray. The label has also promised "major structural changes" in response to the allegations.

A statement from the Growlers:

I am Brooks Nielsen, the lead singer of The Growlers and co-founder of the band. There have been a number of claims made on social media these past few days about the band, and I feel it's necessary for me to address them. All the claims were made on social media and all were anonymous. Despite that, we take them seriously and want to get to the bottom of them. Let me provide some historical perspective on the band: The Growlers have been around for almost fifteen years, and in that time, we have had a number of members come and go. There have been eleven ex-band members in total. Some we dismissed from the group years ago for not aligning with the kind of band we strive to be. One of the recent claims is that I touched a female journalist on her breast during an interview that happened ten years ago. I absolutely deny this ever happened, period. An additional claim was made against Matt Taylor, our lead guitarist and co-founder of the band, which he denies. To our female fans in particular, Know that we are committed to conducting ourselves in a way that our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters would be proud of. We ask for your patience while we look into these allegations in as thorough, professional and unbiased manner as we are able, and make responsible decisions based on what we find out. We thank you for your patience, support and love during this time and always.

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