Idiots Are Confusing Isis The Band With ISIS The Terrorists

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.

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  1. I think “Idiots are confusing…” should be the start of most news headlines.

  2. sd  |   Posted on Aug 25th +11

    I’m curious what’s going to happen on Archer to mitigate the same response

  3. My band “Killing Various Groups For No Discirnible Reason” have had this problem for years.
    Check out our Facebook page “KVGFNDR”

  4. I’m not scared to wear my Isis shirt. Still one of the coolest shirts I own. Has all the lyrics to “Wavering Radiant” on the front. It’s dope:

  5. It’s okay. I always think of Archer when I hear that ISIS is at it again.

  6. I wonder if people confuse the band “The Terrorists” for the terrorists.
    https://www.facebook.com/44terror

  7. they should do a reunion tour with the band Jihad.

  8. “for people who can’t figure out that an terrorist organization probably wouldn’t maintain a public Facebook presence”.

    Lots of the ISIS fighters are on Twitter and the organisation themselves are extremely active across social media. Stick to the music, lads.

  9. I don’t hate Deafheaven, but all the hype just reminds me that I still haven’t heard a post-metal album better than Panopticon.

    • AMEN!

      Panopticon is also my favorite Isis album. A lot of people side with Oceanic (and let’s be honest, “Weight” is great) but Panopticon, namely “Altered Course”, does it for me so much more.

      I got into Isis WAYYY too late. Almost too late, as I caught on after “Wavering Radiant”, listened to their discography, cue Gob Bluth: “I’ve Made A Huge Mistake,” slapped myself in the face, then bought tickets to fly & drive out to Athens, Georgia to see one of their final shows live.

      In fact (completely unrelated, but isn’t that the whole point of this story) I was watching local news last night, and they did a story on a jail/prison (what’s the diff?) not putting guards in its tower anymore. They made it seem like they were taking it down, but really they were leaving it up because HI! PANOPTICON! The whole time I’m going, “DON’T TELL THEM! THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT!” You don’t need guards in a big scary looking tower, the tower is the trick!

      Isis, the band that rocks harder than most, but teaches the kids a lesson at the same time.

      (Also, I thought their name was stylized originally stylized as all caps ISIS? I mean, I’m cool with changing it NOW, but I’m talking history. Plz Help)

      • Favorite GOB Bluth line (after running amuck in Reno)

        “Michael, I think I’ve made the biggest little mistake of my life”

  10. “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,”

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