In light of recent events, we wanted to connect with our friends and take a pause to share our thoughts and feelings with you.
It brings us great pain and bewilderment to write this, but as a band who has shared the stage with and considers Chad a friend, we feel it is our duty and desire to speak out.
We are a band committed to the success of our music community in Indianapolis. That means we must speak out against any form of sexual misconduct. We are committed to using our platform to uplift others, especially the marginalized. We are committed to taking action, especially when seeing manipulation. We are committed to holding our band and musician friends, including Chad Lehr, to a higher standard.
First, to the victims of this tragic power trip and situation as a whole, we cannot tell you how sorry we are. Words will never encompass the pain and agony you have gone through, and we can only begin to imagine the years this has taken from you and the deep heartache you have experienced. We want you to know that we admire your courage and strength. Thank you for your courage, and we hope you begin to experience freedom. We promise to work hard and do everything we can to make Indy’s music scene a safer environment for all people.
The allegations brought against Chad are very serious, and we take them as such. What Chad has done is unacceptable. As his friends, we will not abandon him, but it is our duty to call him out, hold him accountable, seek justice and put him on a path of rehabilitation. Friends are meant to celebrate each other’s highs and challenge each other at their lowest, and that is what we intend to do. He is greatly loved by us, but we will not turn a blind eye to his actions.
To our friends who have a platform, we encourage you to join us in taking a pause and look deep inside of ourselves. We often feel like rockstars on stage; we love that people applaud us and desire us, but after the amps shut off, we can often feel empty and we chase that feeling of fulfillment - a chase which can easily lead down a road of darkness. Get your head right and put good people around you - people who will knock you around if you act up and call things as they are.
To Indianapolis, we thank you for speaking out and taking action. As a band, we feel very fortunate to be a part of such a caring and passionate group. You deserve better than this and we promise to push our peers and ourselves to better.
Finally, but most importantly, to Emily, we believe you, we support you and we love you. It is brave and strong women like you that make the biggest waves and make our world a better place. Thank you for your courage. We will never forget it and we will allow it to impact our forward motion.
Here’s to the future of a better music city.
Trevor, Scott, Fred