People have been confusing the militant band of terrorists ISIS for musical band of musicians Isis. The post-metal band, who called it quits back in 2010, has been getting comments on their Facebook page in the past few weeks since the Islamic group came into public consciousness for claiming responsibility for the beheading of journalist James Foley. (Side note: The prime suspect in the beheading, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, was a rapper who performed under the name L Jinny.) The music group went so far as to change their Facebook name from plain old “Isis” to “Isis the band” to differentiate itself for people who can’t figure out that an terrorist organization probably wouldn’t maintain a public Facebook presence.
“Fans have emailed us that they’re reluctant to wear our T-shirts now and we’ve also gotten some off-color comments,” the band’s drummer Aaron Harris told ABC News. “Just like our fans, we’ve been watching the news in disbelief. We haven’t commented on it because we haven’t been an active band since 2010, even though our music does live on. We maintain our Facebook page to keep people up-to-date on our current musical projects.” (Those musical projects include a side project with Deftones’ vocalist Chino Moreno called Palms.)
“It is an unfortunate situation and of course a few less than enlightened people are not seeing the distinction between an inactive band of musicians and a band of terrorists involved in current world affairs,” a representative from the band’s label Ipecac Recordings said.