Canadian band Black Dresses have broken up after one of their tracks went viral on TikTok, citing the “extended harassment” one of its members has received from some fans.
The Toronto duo, comprised of Ada Rook and Devi McCallion, released their latest album ‘Peaceful As Hell’ last month, following on from last year’s LPs ‘Thank You’ and ‘Love And Affection For Stupid Little Bitches’.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Black Dresses said that their decision to split came from certain “entitled” fans’ “extended harassment” of McCallion over the past two years, while also making reference to the attention the band received from their music’s popularity on TikTok.
You can read Black Dresses’ break-up statement in full below.
— Black Dresses (@BlackDresses666) May 27, 2020
As Brooklyn Vegan reports, McCallion initially posted the following message on Instagram to signal the band’s demise: “After much thought Black Dresses will no longer exist after the songs we have already finished but have not released have been released. Once the songs we already wrote are out, so are we.
“Fuck black dresses. Thanks for your support and also your repulsive parasocial stalker rage directed at hurting us.”
The upload, which has since been made private, was posted by a member of the r/indieheads subreddit, who claimed that the band had been subjected to “intense drama” over the course of the past day after one of their songs “blew up on TikTok”.
— Kade Schoenfeldt (@kadescho) May 24, 2020
OF COURSE IT'S FUCKING DANGANRONPA COSPLAYERS.
I really hope Black Dresses come back because these fuckers aren't the fans. At the end of the day it's their decision though. pic.twitter.com/4sQ7uZ6nuS
— rye (@ryehat64) May 23, 2020
Black dresses breaking up and taking all their music off Spotify has ruined my week. I respect their choice to do it but I’m really fuckin sad about it
— A swan the size of Swansea (@Grim_Dinomancer) May 24, 2020
“Details are hard to pin right now, but it looks like Devi got upset about the song blowing up because it was about her being sexually assaulted as a child, and teenagers were making cosplay-themed TikToks to it,” the post went on.
“She tried to stop more people from making the videos, but ended up getting harassed on her socials for it. She posted this image to her Instagram story before going private.”