A tour van and trailer filled with musical gear and merchandise belonging to Philadelphia punk band Beach Slang was stolen from outside a Seattle hotel.
The band, who is on tour with Dave Hause & The Mermaid and Hannah Racecar, had finished a show Saturday night at venue Chop Suey and were staying in a nearby hotel when the thieves struck. Band manager Randy Nichols believes the value of the items stolen is at least $50,000.
A PayPal account has been set up to help Beach Slang bounce back. Donations can be sent via PayPal to [email protected]
The van and trailer have been recovered – but the gear and merchandise is gone. Band members filed a report with Seattle police, who had made no arrests as of Monday and have since closed the case.
Earlier this year, someone broke into their van during an Austin, Texas tour stop and stole items that were stored inside it. The band posted a message on Twitter this week asking for a break, writing “Please stop robbing us.”
They are still on tour, borrowing instruments from their opening bands.
“Everyone is in such good spirits,” Nichols said. “Obviously they are disappointed that this happened but they are getting an outpouring of support.”
OUR VAN & TRAILER WERE STOLEN LAST NIGHT
All of our gear, all of our merch, but none of our charge. It’s a pretty beautiful thing to be surrounded by people who refuse to be broken. Portland, we’ll see you tonight ??❤️ pic.twitter.com/BThiNsn5Jg
— BEACH SLANG. (@beachslang) November 13, 2017
Nichols said Beach Slang members are in good spirits, and have received a ton of support from other musicians, including Jimmy Eat World. Jimmy Eat World asked their fans to support Beach Slang through this tough time.
“The great thing when you’re a musician is when bands who didn’t know you existed want to help,” Nichols told Amplify. “It sucks but it’s pretty damn cool.”
Here’s the remainder of Beach Slang’s tour dates.
|Beach Slang — 2017 Tour Dates
Nov 14 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
Nov 16 Echoplex Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
Nov 18 The Rebel Lounge Phoenix, AZ
Nov 20 Barracuda Austin, TX
Nov 21 White Oak Music Hall Houston, TX
Nov 22 Curtain Club Dallas, TX
Nov 24 The Ready Room St Louis, MO
Nov 25 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
Nov 26 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
Nov 27 Cattivo Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 28 Black Cat Washington, DC
Nov 29 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY
Nov 30 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
Dec 01 ArtsQuest – Blast Furnace Room Bethlehem, PA
Dec 02 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA