Reading Metal band Sylosis were on tour in Canada with Trivium, Devildriver and After the Burial when their van crashed last week.
Although thankfully there were no fatalities, the band are having to deal with major physical and financial effects of the aftermath and have appealed to fans to buy merchandise to help get them back home.
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In order to cover the large bills they received, the band are swallowing their pride by reaching out to fans, out of necessity, not for profit. Frontman Josh Middleton explained about the issues:
"We're really feeling it pretty hard today and are looking like a bunch of slow, old men when we walk. Aside from the physical issues that prevent us from continuing on with the tour it has also put us in thousands of pounds worth of debt due to losing the deposit (and now paying extra) on the RV, damaged trailer, booking new flights home, equipment damage and we're now incurring all kinds of transport/accommodation costs as we make our journey home.
"The last thing we want is for people to think we're now cashing in on the accident and taking advantage of people's sympathy, but we need some help right now so we've just released two exclusive tshirts where all the profits will go towards clearing our debts.
"One is the tour t-shirt (now with the majority of the dates cancelled) and the other is a brand new design we were waiting to release when we launch all our new designs in the a few months time. We like the idea of you guys helping us and actually getting something for your money but we will also accept PayPal donations of any kind.
"I can't stress enough that we do not intend to exploit the situation. Thanks to all of you guys and the entire Metal community right now for showing us so much support these past few days."