Published Jul 27, 2020Ian Svenonius — best know for leading such bands as the Make-Up, Nation of Ulysses, Chain and the Gang — has admitted to predatory behaviour towards women in a since-deleted Instagram post.
As Brooklyn Vegan points out, the statement Svenonius issued Friday (July 24) detailed the artist's "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" — only to later remove the post and set his Instagram profile to private.
"I want to use this forum to say that I support people speaking out for the eradication of abusive predatory modes and also that I am absolutely one of the guilty parties," he wrote. "That, through my narcissism, egotism, and thoughtlessness, I have acted the creep. That I have made people I cared about and respected feel terrible, have been completely inappropriate to women."
Svenonius's statement follows a wave of recent sexual misconduct allegations, mostly lodged against artists and label reps affiliated with Burger Records. Numerous artists have come forward with statements of their own, either denying, dodging or admitting to their wrongdoings.
Read his Svenonius's full statement below.
BURN BABY BURN : the trash fire burning through underground music is long overdue. It is not happening in other spheres of the music industry. It is unique to the underground rock music scene because this scene is predicated on the concepts of access, participation, respect, and honesty. It rejects the capitalist models of hierarchy and exploitation. For all of the degenerate posturing of the punk progenitors, we exist in a highly moral scene where accountability is paramount. Accountability takes many forms and faces; at one time this manifested in fairness of pricing of records and concerts, or all ages shows where anyone could enter. Record labels that were accountable. This battle is over; the fans are few and most labels and money are gone.
Now the scene must address personal behavior. The interactions between people. As a lifelong punk i am permeated in the myths of rock. While we loathe the rock prescriptions of misogyny, power imbalance, sexual objectification, et al, we have also lionized the exploits of the greatest public degenerates (outside of politics, industry &military), the top sinners, the scum and the perverts and, at times i too have manifested aspects of their tawdry behavior. I want to use this forum to say that i support people speaking out for the eradication of abusive predatory modes and also that i am absolutely one of the guilty parties. That, through my narcissism, egotism, and thoughtlessness, i have acted the creep. That i have made people i cared about and respected feel terrible, have been completely inappropriate to women. While this may seem like virtue signaling, its not. We are interested in creating an accountable world where this kind of dialogue isn't necessary . To anyone i have made feel bad or uncomfortable, i sincerely apologize and throw myself at your mercy. I always believed that i was a revolutionary and now my revolutionary act is self immolation. If rock 'n' roll behaves like its mortal enemy — the imperial war machine and the capitalist consumer cannibal factory, then it must be eradicated, burned, destroyed. So it can be borne again, free of the pollution that has infected it since its inception.