A member of Sydney band Hair Die has admitted to sending a homophobic text message to another Sydney artist, after that artist pulled out of a recent show.
Sydney musician Post Motel was scheduled to perform on the same bill as Hair Die as part of the ‘Nuclear Sunset’ show at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Saturday, 16th September, but pulled out of the show two days before it took place, claiming to have been involved in a car accident.
After the show, Post Motel shared a screenshot of a text message they received from a member of Hair Die, along with a statement saying, “Last night we received this message from one of the members of Hair Die after their show that we didn’t want to be a part of. If you are friends of theirs, you are not a friend of this ‘shit eating little faggot’.”
Speaking with Music Feeds, Post Motel explains, “After a feud with the band Hair Die, we pulled out of a show we were meant to play with them by posting a claim that we had been involved in a car crash and were unfit to perform, accompanied by a staged photograph.
“On the night of the show, Hair Die, in anger, set up a shrine at the venue and sent us this text message.”
Hair Die member Monty Callaghan has today admitted to sending the text message, while also apologising to Post Motel and Oxford Art Factory, but the apology hasn’t been accepted by Post Motel.
“I want to unreservedly apologise for this disgraceful mistake,” Callaghan says.
“The use of this language perpetuates homophobia in a time when we need to stamp it out more than ever. It is utterly inexcusable and I take full responsibility for this gross, gross error.”
Callaghan says he will be refocusing his support on Sydney’s live music scene, and says Oxford Art Factory’s operators “are champions of the kind of social inclusion we need to aspire to”.
Callaghan also says the text message was solely his. “I want to make it absolutely clear that the other members of my band bear no responsibility whatsoever for what was a disgraceful personal communication,” he says.
In a statement to Music Feeds, Post Motel says they don’t accept the apology, and has reached out to Callaghan’s mother “to express our forgiveness for her, as his mother”.
“But her son will never be forgiven for his actions,” Post Motel says.
“When you wake up to ‘vote no’ written in the sky and receive a message like the one that this member of Hair Die sent — someone we barely know — you just don’t have much room for forgiveness.
“And having to watch you — Hair Die member — try to back pedal with this weak, mandatory, apology is just insulting. Eating your words is simply not enough for us. Come here and eat OUR shit or fuck off and stay there. Our live stream is good to go, we aren’t kidding.”
Hair Die recently supported The Preatures at a pair of shows on their ‘Girlhood’ national tour.
Read Monty Callaghan’s statement in full, below.
Monty Callaghan (Hair Die) Statement
I want to unreservedly apologise for this disgraceful mistake. The use of this language perpetuates homophobia in a time when we need to stamp it out more than ever. It is utterly inexcusable and I take full responsibility for this gross, gross error.
Sydney’s artistic community should always strive to work side by side, and in recognising the division and hurt that actions like this cause, I will be maximising my commitment to this effort.
The reflection of this behaviour on the OXFORD ART FACTORY, who are champions of the kind of social inclusion we need to aspire to, brings another untenable element to the situation. I’m absolutely empathetic to the anger this will have rightly caused, and an incredible institution like OAF does not deserve to be brought into this in any way, shape or form.
Similarly, I want to make it absolutely clear that the other members of my band bear no responsibility whatsoever for what was a disgraceful personal communication. Any comments or inquiries on the matter should therefore be expressed directly to myself.
Once again, I apologise profusely to Post Motel and Oxford Art Factory, and accept total responsibility.