Well, 2017 has been a bit of a rocky year for Californian deathcore band, Suicide Silence, starting off with the release of their eponymous fifth record back in February. The self-titled record not only faced many negative reviews from both their fans and critics alike, but also became their worst performing record of their date, both in sales and on the charts.
Now, the band are facing further heat and backlash off the back of offering a package to their fans to allow them to act as a roadie for them for the day… but at a price. The package costs $150, and offers fans the chance to “work along side the crew”, stand side of stage for the band’s set, receive roadie merch including a t-shirt and laminated card, lunch with the crew, and the chance to mingle with the band members during sound check.
Get the experience of a lifetime and be a roadie for a day when we roll through your city! Sign up to work alongside our crew, stand side stage during our set, hang out with us during soundcheck and more: https://t.co/ojM2qI8nm0 pic.twitter.com/kM0Y0HgfyU
— Suicide Silence (@suicidesilence) November 22, 2017
Guitarist Mark Heylmun also explained the package and the offer a little bit further in a short video.
Since the initiative went live, which presumably was set up with the intent to provide experience and also a chance to meet the band, has been met with a wave of criticism online, with many accusing Suicide Silence of taking advantage of their fans.
They’ve even faced a bit of a slamming from fellow bands and musicians, one of which includes up-and-coming British hardcore unit Lifetight, who’ve made a parody of the incentive.
FOR AS LITTLE AS £150, YOU CAN BE OUR SLAVE FOR THE DAY!
LIMITED EDITION 'YOU MUST THINK I'M FUCKING STUPID' BUNDLES NOW AVAILABLE! pic.twitter.com/EcBMlRXbxS
— LIFETIGHT (@LIFETIGHTUK) November 22, 2017
At the time of writing, it’s uncertain as to how many fans have paid and are taking Suicide Silence up on the offer to be a roadie of theirs for the day.