Tomorrow night in London, England is Aiden’s last show ever. The Seattle goth punks are calling it a day after seven albums and two EPs. You can actually download their self-titled (and final) album for free on their website, and previously could get them all before Victory Records shut that down. “Hey how about that segue!” is what I’d say if we weren’t gonna spend another second on Aiden, but since we are let’s talk about how they were influenced by bands like The Misfits and often compared to AFI. Best of luck to the dudes in Aiden post-band, including frontman Wil Francis’ more electronic project William Control.
Aiden released all but 2004 debut Our Gangs Dark Oath, the aforementioned self-titled and A Split of Nightmares EP on Victory. (Our Gangs was ultimately released by Victory for Europe though). Along with Thursday, Taking Back Sunday, Silverstein and others they had Victory in the spotlight in the early to mid-2000s as, with Vagrant, really the scene’s preeminent label. Victory Founder Tony Brummel has been a controversial figure, with several acts getting into legal battles and otherwise with the label. Hawthorne Heights dealt with the hide-the-albums street team letter controversy, Thursday with whoopee cushions, and Aiden themselves apparently didn’t get paid. More? A Day To Remember sued and Streetlight Manifesto got sued. Etc. Etc. Alleged unpaid royalties were a common theme, and stories of Brummel’s shady overall tactics ran wild. The label got into a thing with Spotify last year, too.
These days, Victory still has some cool, notable bands. ADTR and Streetlight Manifesto are…riding it out (?), plus there’s Counterparts, Comeback Kid, and what have you. There’s gotta be something to Brummel being a madman with that many different stories and lawsuits, but at the same time everyone has their own experience. There are no doubt people that would speak well of Brummel and Victory too, and there must be something worth it for artists considering how successful the label is.
So…Aiden are done, Victory isn’t and “Weekendcore” just managed the usual throwback theme while keeping it current! COSMIC.