Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.
New Found Glory Kick Guitarist Steve Klein Out Of Band
Sometimes we just need something to stay constant, to say as good as it always was. That constant for most pop-punk fans over the past 15 years was New Found Glory, which is why it came as such a true and heartfelt shock when the news came out that the band had kicked guitarist Steve Klein out of the band.
While most would most likely hope that the decision was mutual it is somewhat very clear from the band’s statement that Klein did not leave on his own desire. Klein has still not released a statement and it is unclear when and if he will.
In Defense Of Boundaries / In Defense Of Outrage: A Response
PropertyOfZack published two In Defense Of… pieces this week after The Story So Far’s fan boundary incident came up last weekend, and both pieces were met with tremendous response. Excerpts are below:
The problem is that when the physical boundaries are stripped away, the equally important invisible boundaries — that pseudo-sacred contract between concertgoer and band — can get lost in the shuffle. The lack of separation between stage and pit is, at its heart, an emblem of trust. The band trusts its fans to not abuse that shared space (where stage dives and crowd surfers abound), so when a crowd-surfer rides a crest of flailing arms up to the stage and plants a kiss on Parker Cannon’s face, it’s a slap in the face to Cannon’s right to personal space. - Erik van Rheenen
But what is it about this particular incident that has it racking up an astounding 1,600+ likes and reblogs on our site? Why did it generate 800 comments in a thread on AbsolutePunk? Or, to break out of our own bubble for a bit, why did a similar (if more salacious) on-stage assault of rapper Danny Brown earlier this year spawn a thousand thinkpieces?
Why is it that a quick peck on Parker Cannon’s lips generates twice the buzz as a story about New Years Day’s Ash Costello being repeatedly sexually assaulted by a member of Blood On The Dance Floor? Why is it that, when Mariel Loveland of Candy Hearts details her own experiences with ingrained sexism in the scene, not only does it barely register a blip on the radar, but inevitably draws the sort of commenters who insist on proving her point via their own cluelessly sexist feedback? And why is it that it never stops, even when you’re Hayley Williams, Queen of the Punk Universe? (Or Florence Welch, or Lady Gaga?) - Jesse Richman
For Today Frontman Backhandedly Apologizes To LGBT Community
For Today were put in a very sticky situation this past spring when their former guitarist went on several hateful rants against the gay community. The band did the right thing: they kicked him out.
All good, right? Well, a recent blog from For Today’s frontman has been discovered where he at first made slight apologies to the LGBT community only to then spew a lack of understanding and also disbelief by gay marriage and love in general.
It’s unclear how their frontman thought this was a good idea following what happened last spring. We’ll see what happens next.
My Chemical Romance ‘May Death Never Stop You’ Details
May Death Never Stop You won’t be coming out in January, but it will be coming out in March. The release will feature the band’s greatest hits in addition to the much-sought after Attic Demos and a studio version of the last song the band was working on before they called it quits.
What’s interesting about the release however is that pre-orders will be launching in January, a full two months before the actual release. It seems like both the band and Warner Bros may be trying to stick a high charting debut with the release. Maybe we’ll see press streams of the demos, etc to boost sales. Time will tell.