US punk band Beach Slang have removed guitarist Ruben Gallego from their lineup following allegations of sexual assault.
The band told fans on Facebook earlier today (October 11): “Although this occurred four years ago and prior to him joining Beach Slang, we cannot in good conscience continue with him. We believe survivors and we want to believe Ruben, but until we learn more information, we don’t feel it’s appropriate for him to be a part of Beach Slang.”
Beach Slang also told fans they will be making a donation to RAINN, the world’s largest anti-sexual violence organisation, using proceeds from their latest tour, adding: “We strongly support survivors and organisations such as www.rainn.org and we encourage you to use their resources if you need help.”
They wrote on Facebook and Twitter: “Beach Slang has always been and will always be a safe place for everyone. It has to be. Take care of each other.”
— BEACH SLANG. (@beachslang) October 11, 2016
Explaining that the guitarist’s departure will affect the setup of their imminent live dates, the band also told fans: “Given the timing of this, our only option is to play as Quiet Slang (James solo acoustic).”
Beach Slang are due in the UK in early November for live shows in Glasgow, London, Leeds and Brighton. They released second album ‘A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings’ earlier this year.