This past Friday saw hard rockers Bad Wolves release their new album Dear Monsters. The record is especially momentous for the band because it is their first with new vocalist Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz, who replaced singer Tommy Vext after the latter frontman was fired. Since that falling out, Bad Wolves and Vext have been locked in both a personal and legal battle, with Vext going so far as to sue the band’s manager for alleged racist remarks and Bad Wolves’ label suing him back. Now, it’s been announced that Bad Wolves and Vext have finally reached a formal settlement.
According to Billboard, Bad Wolves and Vext have come to an agreement, with the bottom line being that Bad Wolves can now continue to release music and tour under the band name name, while Vext is able to release new music independently or with another label. Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The two artists issued a joint statement laying out the following details.
“Bad Wolves and its co-founder John Boecklin, alongside their label Better Noise, manager 10th Street Entertainment, and publisher 5-19, have collectively resolved their disputes with Tommy Vext. A partnership can sometimes lead to divorce. Artists have creative differences and argue over songs, credits, and much more; however, if both sides believe in their own talents, they find a path to go their separate ways. This is a settlement with no winners and no losers; it’s beneficial to everyone in order to move on and bury the hatchet. This is a new beginning and a bright future for all those concerned. We’re all excited to get back to what’s important, and that’s the music. Bad Wolves and Tommy wish each other the best going forward, and ask that their fans respect this decision.”
As far as these sorts of settlements go, this sounds about as acrimonious as it can get. Both parties are making it clear that there is no further issues, and no one has “come out on top” here. Whether the parties involved will be able to uphold this truce — specifically Vext, who is fond of big public statements that stir shit up — remains to be seen.
Words by Chris Krovatin