Vocalist Kat Katz, who first joined grindcore outfit AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED in 2007, has now exited the band acrimoniously. According to Katz, she was being bullied and disrespected by her bandmates:
“Tired of being bullied by dudes. Salome and now Agoraphobic Nosebleed. I quit Agoraphobic Nosebleed tonight. Hopefully, I find a band that respects me and treats me as an equal.”
Agoraphobic Nosebleed has subsequently issued the following statement on the matter:
“We’ve had some disagreements with Kat about how we should interact in the band, and as a result she quit. We wish her well with music in the future.
“Scott has some writing and recording to wrap up with Pig Destroyer, and after that he’ll start writing music for the next ANb record.”
As with many legendary endeavors, what eventually grew into an inimitable legacy began as a decision motivated by sheer frustration: On one fateful day in 1994, lamenting the lack of drummers in the Massachusetts area, Scott Hull and friends formed AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED (ANb) with the help of a drum machine. The rest, as they say, is history. In 1998, after releasing a number of split EPs and seven-inch LPs, ANb (now featuring J. Randall of Japanese Torture Comedy Hour, ex-ISIS) put themselves on the map when they unleashed their Relapse Records debut, Honkey Reduction. Featuring 26 tracks of unbelievably manic grindcore, Honkey Reductionm sizzled flesh and tenderized minds; Hull made guitar strings swarm like pissed off hornets while his torrential drum programming rained down on the listener like AK47 rounds gutting a pumpkin.