The Scoop: Chicago-based nu metal outfit Lionfight have revealed further details concerning an incident that occurred last weekend at a show at Anchors Up in Massachusetts, where guitarist Akash Hans says that he and lead singer Nick Astacio were racially discriminated against by members of the venue’s staff. The initial statement the band made on Facebook reads as follows:
For the first time in probably a decade I ran into some kids who were giving me trouble because of the color of my skin. Haverhill, Massachusettes – you made me feel like I was in elementary school again. We played at this super “punk” venue that didn’t believe in backtracks/samples … Which is totally okay. We like to be that raw band that can play with or without bass drops and pull it off either way. It was only the way the venue workers got in my face, told me they can’t help us and remained pointing at me for the rest of the night. They also mentioned calling their other gang friends to take care of the situation. I remained calm , finished our set, packed up and left. It blows my mind that another human being who is breathing and blinking the same way I am…. Could judge me without knowing me. It’s the year 2014 everyone – racism shouldn’t even be a thing anymore. We don’t feel comfortable playing at Anchors Up anymore – but thank you for those who showed up with an open mind and accepted everyone. I love you ALL and will see you on the rest of this tour.
There is one kind of race on this earth – and that is the human race.
The Spin: And now today, the band has spoken in much more detail about the incident with Kriston McConnell of Under the Gun Review. You can read the full interview right here.
We will continue to update this article when/if we hear any further updates from either Lionfight or Anchors Up.