Restless Streets released a new song called 'In Vogue' over the weekend.
There's nothing particularly unusual about that, until you consider they used to be signed to InVogue records, and the lyrics...
Well, lyrics like "You should be embarrassed to say your name when you just killed the artist, and we’re taking it personally" and "Have you ever given something that you deeply love? Put your future in the hands of a criminal?" make this new song sound like a not-so-subtle attack on InVogue Records.
So, uh, yeah, that's a thing Restless Streets have put on the internet.
InVogue records owner Nick Moore responded in pretty much the classiest way possible in a comment where he said they only sold 203 copies of their CD on the label in four years, that the band weren't really touring and that; "I didn’t 'drop them' or anything sour like that."
"If anyone should be mad its me - I'm the one who spent thousands of dollars on the release. But I’m not mad because thats the risk you take with bands! It’s why I do what I do. I push bands that I believe in and unfortunately some click with people & others do not. This one did not," Nick continued.
"I absolutely hope that things change for them and they have massive amounts of success."
"Am I a "criminal" like the song says? I don’t think so. That is a very bold statement to sling at someone who was in the trenches fighting at your side for the success you both craved."
There's been no real explanation from Restless Streets so far, but you can read InVogue owner Nick Moore's full response below.
"Restless Streets is a great band filled with great guys. Because of that, I am super shocked at the release of this video, as I was never informed that they were upset at all. I feel like the video might be a cry for attention & very disappointing to see. I hope one day they'll look back and realize it was a bad move on their part.
"I am passionate about music and I love what I do and the bands that I work with. But when it comes down to it, InVogue is still a business and the bottom line is that the band didn't tour, the record unfortunately wasn't selling for whatever reason. Only 203 copies sold in 4 years is not great by any measure. And the band, well, it just wasn't their full time commitment, so I didn't take the option on the next record. That’s it. I didn’t "drop them" or anything sour like that. An option in a record contract is a very standard procedure for both parties to be free of the contract if the business agreement isn’t panning out. If they wanted to sign with another label - they absolutely could.
"If anyone should be mad its me - I'm the one who spent thousands of dollars on the release. But I’m not mad because thats the risk you take with bands! It’s why I do what I do. I push bands that I believe in and unfortunately some click with people & others do not. This one did not. I absolutely hope that things change for them and they have massive amounts of success. Maybe another label can work out the kinks that I wasn’t able to work out. However, am I a "criminal" like the song says? I don’t think so. That is a very bold statement to sling at someone who was in the trenches fighting at your side for the success you both craved.
"In the end, I did nothing but try to help their band. When we started working together, no one else in the industry would work with them, let alone invest their hard earned money into them. I took a chance and it just didn’t click. That’s it. They aren’t on the hook for any money, they don’t owe me anything. It was a failed business endeavor and it’s unfortunate. Those are basically my thoughts - I'm an open book & if anyone would like to chat with me about it, I'm totally down -- my email is [email protected]"
InVogue records released Restless Streets' album 'Sincerely' back in 2013.