Amid a flow of allegations of sexual assault coming to light recently, Philadelphia based punk rockers Beach Slang have announced that they’ve decided to part ways with guitarist, Ruben Gallego. The band confirmed this news via their official Facebook and Twitter accounts.
You can read the full statement made by the band regarding this decision below:
“For us, Beach Slang has always been and will always be a safe place for everyone. It was built to be welcoming. It was built to be soft. If we are going to continue to exist, we have to exist in this way.
There have been allegations involving sexual assault and our guitarist, Ruben. Although this occurred four years ago and prior to him joining Beach Slang, we cannot in good conscience continue with him. We believe survivors and we want to believe Ruben, but until we learn more information, we don’t feel it’s appropriate for him to be a part of Beach Slang.
We strongly support survivors and organizations such as www.rainn.org and we encourage you to use their resources if you need help. We will be making a donation to RAINN at the conclusion of this tour to do our part in helping to ensure these resources are there for those who need it.
Given the timing of this, our only option is to play as Quiet Slang (James solo acoustic). I mean, giving up never seems to fix things. Maybe today, we can start putting some stuff back together. The Bleached Slang tour starts tonight in Washington, DC. Maybe that’s a good place to start.
Keep each other safe,
In response to the allegations, Gallego made a statement to Pitchfork earlier today, which can be read in full below:
“I’d like to say that what’s important to me is that people stand with survivors and that we continue to foster an environment where people aren’t afraid to speak out against their abusers.
Although I do feel like what’s being said about me is inaccurate it’s irrelevant. I think it’s totally possible for people to see a situation completely differently and if this person feels I harmed them then that’s what I care about and I want to make that right.
I also care deeply about how this affects other victims of sexual assault specifically the ones who attend Beach Slang shows and felt that sticking around would further isolate them.
James [Alex] and Ed [McNulty] are the sweetest most caring people I’ve ever known and I feel they did the right thing and I will always support them.”
As it stands at the time in writing, there remain only two members of Beach Slang, with former drummer JP Flexner stepping down from the group back in May 2016.
More news surrounding the above, along with developments with the band will be confirmed as and when it develops.
The band’s second full-length effort, ‘A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings’, is available now through Polyvinyl Records/Big Scary Monsters.