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When the harsh, noisy New York band Drunkdriver dissolved last week amid allegations that its drummer, Jeremy Villalobos, has a history of sexual assault, it looked as though its new self-titled record would still be released on April 14 on Load Records. That, anyway, is what the band wrote on its blog last Friday: “It is our finest musical offering and sadly, our last.”
It turns out that Load Records has nixed the release, according to the label’s Ben McOsker. “Does not make commercial sense at this point,” he wrote in an e-mail.
Asked if that decision had to do with the band’s break-up, the allegations involving Villalobos, or both, McOsker responded, “All of the above.”
I wrote Villalobos asking if the record will see some sort of release. I’ll update when I hear back.
Another band Villalobos drums in, Pygmy Shrews, was dropped last week from Fan Death Records’ DNA Test Fest in Baltimore, which is tomorrow. Over at Click Track, David Malitz compares the lineup to your favorite Major League Baseball players.