Born of Osiris Say Venue Made Unauthorized ‘EDM Sucks’ Merch Bearing Their Band Name
Lee McKinney, lead guitarist of the progressive metal band Born of Osiris, showed fans on Wednesday (March 22) that a music venue apparently made a T-shirt representing their band without permission.
Pointing to the flippant music opinion printed on the T-shirt — "EDM Sucks" — McKinney said the venue must have missed Born of Osiris' electro influence.
The term EDM, short for electronic dance music, covers a broad range of electronically arranged music.
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"Venue today printed this corny ass T-shirt without our permission," McKinney wrote on Twitter.
"They must not have noticed all of the edm inspired keyboard/synth work in our music," he continued.
"Im hoping nobody buys these and they end up in the trash," the Born of Osiris guitarist added.
The pictured shirt likewise includes the names or logos of the other bands that played with Born of Osiris — Within Destruction, Vulvodynia and Knosis. Born of Osiris are now on tour with them in Asia. They played Hong Kong venue Music Zone on Wednesday. It was not made clear if that is the venue that printed the merch.
Band Merch + Music Venues
The Born of Osiris merch situation dovetails with the current discussion around the sales of band merchandise in music venues, especially now that artists are protesting venues' merch cuts.
Last month, Architects drummer Dan Searle tweeted, "Hey @bands when are we gonna go on strike and get rid of these insane venue merch cuts? Or maybe we don't play until we get a cut of the bar?"
Born of Osiris Updates
Born of Osiris' latest, Angel or Alien, came out in 2021. Watch the music video for the title track below. See the band's upcoming 2023 tour dates underneath.
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Born of Osiris, "Angel or Alien" (Music Video)
Born of Osiris Spring 2023 Tour Dates
March 18 – Bangkok, Thailand @ Lido Connect
March 19 – Jakarta, Indonesia @ Hammersonic
March 22 – Hong Kong, China @ Music Zone
March 24 – Manila, Philippines @ Wacken Battle
March 25 – Seoul, South Korea @ Alive Hall
March 26 – Taipei City, Tawain @ Legacy
March 29 – Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya Garret
March 30 – Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya Garret
April 1 – Bengaluru, India @ Bangalore Open Air
April 7 – Fort Worth, Texas @ Ridglea Theatre
April 8 – San Antonio, Texas @ Vibes Event Ctr
April 9 – Houston, Texas @ Warehouse
April 11 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade
April 13 – New York, N.Y. @ Palladium
April 14 – Sayerville, N.J. @ Starland Ballroom
April 15 – Hartford, Ct. @ Webster Theater
April 16 – Reading, Pa. @ Reverb
April 18 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Mountain View Amp.
April 19 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Agora Theatre
April 20 – Covington, Ky. @ Madison Theater
April 21 – Pontiac, Mich. @ The Crofoot
April 22 – Joliet, Ill. @ The Forge
April 24 – Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre
April 26 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues
April 27 – Mesa, Ariz. @ The Nile Theater
April 28 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Belasco
April 29 – Berkeley, Calif. @ UC Theatre
April 30 – Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues