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Black Dresses disband citing “hurtful and frightening” fan behavior

“Entitled fans have been behaving in a very hurtful and frightening way,” the band’s Ada Rook wrote in a statement.

May 27, 2020
Black Dresses disband citing “hurtful and frightening” fan behavior Maya Fuhr / The FADER

Toronto-based noise-pop duo Black Dresses have announced their intention to break up, citing a period of "extended harassment" from fans. In a statement posted to social media last night, the band's Ada Rook wrote that the decision was taken after two years of co-founder Devi McCallion being subjected to "invasion of privacy and harassment."

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Black Dresses broke through in 2018 with their debut album WASTEISOLATION, a viral success on TikTok. Since then they've released a string of EPs and full-length projects, including last month's Peaceful As Hell.

"When we released WASTEISOLATION we had almost no audience, didn’t know what TikTok was, and didn't think we would get any attention for such a personal album," Rook wrote in the statement. "Following its popularity, we did our best to write about less personal subject matter on subsequent albums, but WASTEISOLATION, which includes songs about both of our experiences with childhood sexual assault, remained very popular. Unfortunately, that popularity has now culminated in Devi’s harassment, so we have decided to disband."

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All of Black Dresses' music will be removed from streaming services, but Rook says that their albums will remain on Bandcamp.

Read their statement in full below.

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Black Dresses disband citing “hurtful and frightening” fan behavior