Outrage Watch: Vulvatron and Pustulus Maximus draw blood in ugly Gwar feud
Well, that didn't last long.
Kim Dylla -- better known by her Gwar stage name Vulvatron -- has been thrown out of the cult metal band less than eight months after joining. Her ejection was announced in a post on the group's official Facebook page that reads:
"GWAR, the world’s premier shock rock band, today announced that Kim Dylla was released from the band directly following the fall 2014 GWAR Eternal Tour, and will no longer perform with the group. Dylla played the character of Vulvatron, a buxom Scumdog from the distant future, on the band’s last national tour. The group garnered quite a bit of press when it was erroneously reported that Dylla, in the role of Vulvatron was the new lead singer for the band. Brent Purgason, slave of the recently defrosted intergalactic barbarian, Pustulus Maximus, had this to say; “Kim did a great job, but we wanted to go a different direction with the Vulvatron character. You will absolutely see more of Vulvatron in the future, just not portrayed by Kim. There is no ill will, no acrimony, and no drama. We respect Kim’s talent without question, it just isn’t what we needed in the character.”
Dylla, who suggested that she learned of her firing secondhand (more on that later), subsequently posted a message to her own Facebook page expressing her anger and astonishment at the news:
"It's really nice when you find out important things from people you consider to be your friends from posts on the internet and messages from strangers. There is something called basic respect not existing in that modus of communication."
Needless to say, Dylla's post kicked off a war of words between she and lead guitarist Purgason, who alleged that she was fired in person back in January -- though Dylla's beef seems to be with the fact that she wasn't told that the character of Vulvatron would continue with a different performer.
"No one told me they were getting someone else to play the character I created which is why I am disappointed with the way this was handled," she wrote in response to a comment by Purgason on her original post. "I was told my character was not going to be used for a while and things were going in a different direction with the storyline so take a year off but I'd be welcome back at gigs in the future if they were right for the character. Those are two wholly different things."
Long story short, things continued to escalate from there, leading Purgason to reveal that Dylla's firing came after she refused to tone down her drinking before shows. [It should be noted that the band lost member Dave Brockie, stage name "Oderus Urungus," to a heroin overdose last year.)
"Then it happened again, then again and the final straw was when you were so inebriated you broke a bone on stage during the show. Not cool. It wasn't like we never said anything to you. We told you again and again from individual band members and tour manager and you didn't listen. Did we say that to the world? No, but you want to paint this picture like you got sidelined out of no where. Dude, we told you JANUARY 5th 2015 and we told you WHY. You insulted fan art right from the get go in public for the world to see. I don't like it when someone that is supposed to be working with me is disrespecting the people that make this possible."
Dylla's response: "I broke my rib because i made a stupid f-cking mistake trying to put on a good show for the last date not because I was drunk. If others can drink i can,.there aren't different rules for ppl based on how long they are in the band.. hazing is for frats not music. I asked ppl how they thought about how I was doing my job and every time they said I was doing a great job. Until someone told me I wasn't doing a good job or did something wrong no one had a right to say shit about my lifestyle unless they said something about everyone's lifestyle."
And...it just kept going. And going. And going. Get a full roundup over at Ultimate-Guitar.