Some bands have a very avid following that they actually have unique names to call their fan base like Slipknot calling their fans ‘Maggots’ or I.C.P. and their ‘Juggalos.’ Usually these names are used widespread and have a reasoning behind it, maybe because of a certain song or the band’s name, but what happens if there’s another band with a similar name like yours? You argue over that name until the other band ceases and desists, of course.
I, The Breather and It Lives, It Breathes are two completely different bands but unfortunately they both share the similarity of the word “breathe” in their name and now they seem to be arguing with each other over who can call their fans “The Breather Nation.”
I, The Breather frontman Shawn Spann started the war of words with the following post:
“There is and will only be one #BreatherNation. I feel that a band out there needs to know that just because we are ending as a band, our movement and family will long live.”
That posted prompted It Lives, It Breathes’ frontman Kevin Lacerda to reply by claiming they started using the hashtag #breathernation way before I, The Breather:
The video pushed Spann to reply once again with the following message:
“I was not going to even call you guys out as a band out of respect, but clearly you lack that. Let me set this straight because honestly I’m doing this last tour for our fans and only OUR fans.
1. The reason I said something, after two years of hearing the trash talk is because your beyond ignorant.
2. My band never started any drama in our 7 years of a band to gain attention.
3. We are breaking up so that I can be in my sons life.
4. A bit of advice, you won’t last with an ego like that.
5. I could care less about a hashtag.
6. When we started in 2009, hashtags/Instagram/Twitter didn’t exist. Myspace did.
7. When you spend years touring and gain a lasting fan base, you will understand.
8. Give me an opinion on relevance a few years from now
Like I said, I never wanted to say a word about this but I’m so beyond tired of hearing your bands name with people telling me about the trash talk. Just drop it, please.
P.S – Good luck in the future, I genuinely mean that.”
To which Lacerda responded:
“I’ve been grinding for 10 years and I’m still here Shawn, I don’t need any words of wisdom from you. We’ve never had anything bad to say about you till you just dropped this bullshit yourself. You spoke up when no one spoke out about you to begin with, about a stupid issue like the name of a FANBASE because you must be THAT bored.
You’re not a Gandalf of wisdom in the music industry in fact you have more bad said about you than good. Your band and your hustle was never anything stellar.
You’re spending your time in these comments shit talking what I wear on stage when you could be spending more time with your SON.”
I, The Breather started back in 2009 but they announced their break up last November and recently started their farewell tour a few days ago; It Lives, It Breathes recently signed with Attila’s Chris Fronzak’s label Stay Sick Records and will release their newest album in a few months. If you’re part of either #breathernation, check out the farewell tour dates for I, The Breather here; or you can pre-order It Breathes, It Lives new record here.