Famous Aussie band dump band member for ‘abusive and controlling’ behavior
Australian alternative metal band Sunk Loto have fired longtime guitarist Luke McDonald for alleged “abusive and threatening” behavior.
The group released a statement on social media on Wednesday, confirming the veracity of the McDonald’s departure rumors and providing additional context.
“We are aware of a recent social media post that Luke is no longer in Sunk Loto. We can confirm this to be true,” they began.
“We had hoped to release a joint statement and part ways gracefully, but unfortunately a false and one-sided version of the accounts was released prematurely.”
Their remarks appear to reference a statement McDonald posted on Facebook on Tuesday, which gave a different reason why he left the group.
Australian alternative metal band Sunk Loto (pictured) have fired longtime guitarist Luke McDonald (right), for ‘abusive and threatening’ behavior.
“We found ourselves in an unstable situation where we had to make a choice. Either allow the group to break up again for the same reasons as 16 years ago, or stand up to the abusive and controlling behavior and move on with a new member.
“It was the only way for Sunk to continue on his path to the future and it was not a decision we took lightly. When someone is repeatedly abusive and threatening to people they claims to love and respect, the relationship must end,” they added.
Meanwhile, McDonald posted his own statement on Facebook listing various reasons for leaving the group.
The group released a statement on social media on Wednesday, confirming that the McDonald’s departure rumors were true and providing additional context.
“The last few months have been really hard for me as I wanted to let you know that I got fired from the band via email,” McDonald began.
“Of course, I was very shocked and hurt by this, because I worked very hard to bring the group together. Because they made the negotiations so difficult, concerning the money they owe me during the last tour, I couldn’t express myself.
“Negotiations are still ongoing, but for my well-being and that of my fans, I felt I had to release this information as soon as possible.”
“We are aware of a recent social media post that Luke is no longer in Sunk Loto. We can confirm this to be true,” they began. Pictured: lead singer Jason Brown with other band members, in a music video
“I hope you understand that I love you all as fans, and I’m sorry to not see you on this tour,” he added.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sunk Loto and Luke McDonald for comment.
Sunk Loto are a popular alternative metal band formed in Queensland in 1997.
They originally broke up in 2007 after releasing two albums and an EP before reuniting last year to plan a new national tour, and reassured fans that the tour would continue, with a new guitarist replacing McDonald. .
The band was quick to reassure fans that the tour was continuing, with a new guitarist replacing McDonald.