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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

New Orleans band Woozy dropped from labels following sexual assault allegations

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM

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New Orleans DIY record label Community Records announced it will no longer work with New Orleans band Woozy following allegations that bandmember John St. Cyr sexually assaulted Katryn Macko of the Florida-based band Naps. Macko posted her detailed description of the assault on her Facebook page.

This afternoon, Community Records released the following statement:
"We are deeply saddened and upset to hear of the actions of John St. Cyr of Woozy. This is new information to us (and Kara and Ian of Woozy) and we absolutely can not support or condone that type of action.

In order to stand with the sexual assault survivor Katryn, we as a label are withdrawing our support of Woozy. We want to thank Katryn for her bravery in taking action to shine light on her experience."
In a statement, the band wrote the following:
Woozy is no longer a band. It is against everything the two of us stand for to expose our friends and fans across the country to harm or suffering. To expose those who have already suffered from our actions, through selfishness or ignorance, to our continued presence would be an attack itself. We will not subject anyone to that hurt. This band will not tour again.

It is everyone's responsibility to stand with victims of sexual violence, even those whose loved ones commit such evils. Especially the loved ones. We are the ones who must hold John and ourselves accountable for what has happened, and we fully intend to.
Exploding In Sound — a label that also released music from the band — has announced it also will no longer work with Woozy: "There's no room for tolerance of this kind of behavior. This is disgusting and unforgivable and we offer our support to Katryn and anyone going through a similar situation. These kind of things are not okay and it needs to stop."

Gambit included Woozy as an artist to watch in its 2015 Music Issue, and the band earned praise from NPR, The Fader and other music outlets following the release of its debut Blistered on Community and Exploding In Sound. The band — St. Cyr, guitarist Kara Stafford and drummer Ian Paine-Jesam — was among several breakout artists among a progressive punk rock and DIY scene anchored by Community Records and its roster.

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