The boycott of Pure Noise Records: a tricky situation

Posted 3 years ago by Joel Funk

Written by Joel Funk

Yes, we are aware of the horrid circumstances surrounding Pure Noise Records and two musicians that were briefly associated with the label. I published my stance on the constant, disheartening rally of support for the musicians in a piece called “Let’s Talk: He’s a goody guy, he would never – Rape Culture in 2015.” 

I’ve seen a lot of people call for a Boycott of Pure Noise Records. I admire the tenacity. However, there are bands and artists on this label that I love and support, and their only means of exit would be to break up and reform. Nobody wants that. I will continue to post about certain bands on the label, and I will be including a link to this very page before the “Keep Reading” of each and every post associated with Pure Noise Records. 

I want to be clear: I am not apologizing or advocating for Pure Noise Records. These circumstances are horrid and I would love to see the bands I love move on to another label of some sort. Alas, only so much can change. 

Each post that I make regarding bands signed to this label will contain the following disclaimer (or something similar).

Attention: In light of recent controversy, you can read about why we’ve chosen to not boycott Pure Noise Records here.

Because of that, I will be including a link to this post on all future articles in which we discuss Pure Noise or the bands associated with the label. Below is, once again, a link that provides an incredible resource. A page with the definition and examples of PROPER CONSENT. As in what it means and what it looks/sounds like.

What is consent?

Consent is never implied and cannot be assumed, even in the context of a relationship. Just because you are in a relationship does not mean that you have permission to have sex with your partner

I would like to once again thank the University of Georgia for this article. You can read the rest of “Consent Is Sexy” here